Immigration, Citizenship and Residency Planning

The Malta Individual Investor Programme

Malta’s Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment Regulations allow for the granting of citizenship by a certificate of naturalisation to foreign individuals and their families who contribute to the country’s economic development. This is possible following a 36 month (or, by exception, 12 month) residence period. Each application is subject to a stringent due diligence process, including thorough background checks. Community Malta Agency is the competent Maltese Government Agency responsible for administering the regulations.

Overview :

  • An investment of EUR 738,000 for a minimum residence period of 36 months or EUR 888,000for a minimum of 12 months (including property lease)
  • Applicants and all adult dependents must hold Maltese residence status for a minimum of 36 months (or 12 months, by exception) before they may apply for citizenship
  • Under the direct investment regulations, the number of certificates granted (excluding those of dependents) shall not exceed 400 yearly and 1,500 in total

The Malta Permanent Residence Programme

The MPRP is a straightforward residency-by-investment programme based on investments in property and government contributions. With the promise of a 4-to-6-month processing time from the submission of a complete and correct application, the Programme offers much value to third country nationals wishing to make Malta their second home.

Applicants’ Entitlements:

  • Have the right to settle, stay and reside permanently in Malta
  • Enjoy visa-free travel across Schengen, 90 out of 180 days
  • Penetrate Malta’s affordable real estate market
  • May include up to four generations in an application

The Maltese Global Residence Programme

The Programme Grants:

  • Tax residency Status in Malta with a flat rate of 15% tax on foreign source income remitted to Malta;
  • Possibility of Double Taxation Relief;
  • Possibility, under certain conditions, to pass on the special tax status to one’s heirs;
  • A Maltese Residence Permit (allow permitting visa free travel to Schengen area countries for up to 90 days per visit) following an additional application.

There is no obligation for long-term residency in Malta.

Immigration Related Services

  • The Single Work Permit
  • Key Employee Initiative
  • Change of Employment
  • Third Country Nationals (TCNs) who are still abroad
  • Family Members of TCNs
  • TCNs already in Malta on another basis
  • Employment Licences