Malta Residency / Citizenship by Investment

Malta Citizenship and Residency

Security. Opportunity. Peace of mind.


European citizenship & passport for investors and their families. Live and work in the EU.


In an effort to support the country's economy, Malta, located south of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, is offering residency or citizenship status to foreign investors. The Maltese passport is similar to the passports of Germany, France, or any other EU country; Malta passport holders may live, work or study in any country belonging to the European Union.  

International business executives, investors, and important persons who are active worldwide consider an alternative citizenship and passport a powerful tool for international tax planning and a safety net should the living conditions at home become unbearable. The applicant and his family receive full citizenship and passports.

Live, work or study in any of the EU countries

The Malta Individual Investor Program provides for affluent persons of impeccable standing and repute, including their families, to receive Maltese citizenship on the basis of a contribution to and investment in Malta. Once citizenship is granted, the applicant may live, work or study in any of the member countries of the European Union.

Applicants are not required to continuously live in Malta before or after citizenship approval.

Visa free travel to over 160 countries, including the USA

Maltese citizenship (EU citizenship) offers full European Union benefits, including Schengen borderless travel and a United States visa waiver. This means visa-free travel to more than 160 countries in the world, including the USA, Canada, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and most countries in North, Central and South America.

A better quality of life for the family

Malta is a safe country that enjoys a low cost of living index. Multiple cultures live side by side in peace and harmony. The country has long been a vacation spot for Europeans and high net worth individuals who flock to the island for its sunny and warm climate year-round. Malta offers a modern infrastructure ranging from reliable phone and internet service to secure banking to well-established air and sea routes connecting the island to the European mainland and international destinations.

A better education for the applicant’s children

Because of the country's history as a former British colony the Maltese school system reflects the British structure. There are two school categories: state schools and private schools. State schools are free to all students (including free transportation and free books), while private schools such as international schools charge tuition fees. For more information about the Maltese school system please click here.   


Malta citizenship, i.e. the European passport, is available to qualified investors:

The Malta Individual Investor Program (IIP) requires a one-time investment of approximately EUR 880,000 plus legal fees. The citizenship application process can be completed in as little as 180 days.


Malta residency for Non-EU citizens provides EU travel benefits and the right (but not the obligation) to live in Malta year-round:

The Global Residency Program (GRP) requires a recurring minimum expense of approximately EUR 24,000 every year to avoid expiration. The processing time is approximately 90 days.

The Malta Residency and Visa Program (MRVP / "Golden Visa") requires a one-time investment and provides a permanent residency certificate which is valid for life.

The first MRVP investment option is a financing package at a one-time, non-recoverable expense of EUR 160,000 plus EUR 10,000 annual property lease for 5 years (a property purchase is also acceptable). This expense covers all government, financing, and legal fees.

The second MRVP investment option is a bond investment which can be sold after a 5 year holding period. The total cost for this option is EUR 250,000 for the bonds (refundable after 5 years) plus EUR 30,000 government contribution plus EUR 10,000 annual property lease for 5 years (a property purchase is also acceptable) plus legal fees.


Malta residency for EU nationals (including Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Iceland) offers the right (but not the obligation) to live in Malta year-round:

The Ordinary Residence (OR) program requires the applicant demonstrates financial self-sufficiency, which is defined as having available funds of at least EUR 14,000 for a single person (EUR 23,000 for married couples). Further, the applicant must purchase or lease a property in Malta. There is no minimum property value requirement.

The Residence Program (TRP) requires applicants to declare they do not spend more than 183 days in any other jurisdiction outside of Malta. The tax rate on income brought into Malta is 15% (annual minimum tax: EUR 15,000). Further, the applicant must purchase or lease a property in Malta at certain minimum values. 


Please contact us for a detailed cost estimate or confidential consultation.  Our associated attorneys are ready to assist you with attaining your investment objectives and answer any questions you might have about Malta's Residency / Citizenship by Investment programs.    
 


Malta Residency / Citizenship by Investment

Program Information


Maltese Passport
The government of Malta is offering Maltese citizenship (European citizenship) and passports to international investors who contribute to the country's economic development.

Maltese Citizenship by Investment may be granted under an amendment passed in November 2013 to the Maltese Citizenship Act, Chapter 188 of the Laws of Malta.

The Malta Individual Investor Program (IIP) provides for affluent persons of impeccable standing to receive Maltese residency or citizenship on the basis of an investment in Malta. EU citizenship grants the permission to live, work or study in any country of the European Union.

Qualified candidates include international business executives, investors, public figures / VIPs, and private citizens who meet the minimum application requirements.

Reasons for an alternative residency or citizenship range from seeking a better quality of life, to  arranging for international tax planning, to establishing a safety net should the living conditions at home become unbearable. 

Application Requirements / Eligibility


To qualify for any of the immigration by investment programs the main applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have a clean criminal record. The main applicant may also add dependents to a residency or citizenship application, including his/her spouse, children, and parents or grandparents.

The following provides a summary of the investment requirements. Please use our contact form to obtain a complete checklist of application documents which depends on the number of family members to be included.

A) Malta (EU) Citizenship: Individual Investor Program (IIP). This program offers Maltese citizenship, the European passport, and all benefits of full EU citizenship. As a EU citizen you are allowed to live, work, study in any of the 26 European Union countries. EU citizenship also grants you access to all investment opportunities in Malta and throughout the EU member nations, as well as visa-free travel to more than 160 countries in the world, including the USA, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and most countries in North, Central and South America.

    • The only EU-approved Citizenship by Investment Program in Europe
    • Residency in 3 - 4 months, citizenship in 12 months
    • Family members can be included in the application
    • High quality & free healthcare and education
    • No minimum presence required
    • Schengen Residence Card
    • Visa free travel to 168 destinations (including USA, Canada, UK)

Main applicants are required to make a 650,000 Euro contribution to the National Development and Social Fund. The contribution for a spouse and minor children is 25,000 Euro each. The contribution for dependent parents over 55 years of age and dependent children between 18 - 26 years of age is 50,000 Euro.

In addition to the contribution, the main applicant must establish a residence in Malta through either (a) purchasing real estate valued at no less than 350,000 Euro or (b) renting a property at no less than 16,000 Euro per year, for a minimum of five years. If purchased, the real estate may be sold after a five year holding period.

Lastly, the main applicant also needs to make an investment of 150,000 Euro in Government approved financial instruments. These securities may also be liquidated after a five year holding period.

NOTE: No contribution or investments need to be paid to the Maltese government before the final approval is issued by the government. This ensures your investments will only become due if and when your application is approved! Our associated attorneys will advise you of the probability of success prior to submitting your application to protect you from filing an application (and making any investments) that might be rejected. 

The timeframe for application processing and issuance of the passport can be short as six months if the applicant has already met the one-year residency requirement.

Please use our contact form to obtain a complete checklist of application documents which depends on the number of family members to be included.

B) Malta Residency (for Non-EU Citizens): The Malta Residency and Visa Program (MRVP), also known as the "Malta Golden Visa", leads to residency (meaning the permission to live in Malta as long as desired), visa-free travel to all European countries within the Schengen area, and the option to apply for a Malta work permit.

This program requires a one-time investment and does not need to be renewed each year. The processing time is about 90 days.

    • Permanent Residency in 3 - 4 months
    • Certificate of Permanent Residency for life
    • Family members are included
    • No minimum presence required
    • No worldwide tax, remittance basis only
    • Option to apply for work permit
    • Schengen Residence Card
    • Visa-free travel within Schengen

The MRVP program offers two investment options. The first option is a financing package at a one-time, non-recoverable expense of EUR 160,000 plus EUR 10,000 annual property lease for 5 years (a property purchase is also acceptable). This expense covers all government, financing, and legal fees. The benefit of this option is a lower upfront cash payment.

The second option is a bond investment which can be sold after a 5 year holding period. The total cost for this option is EUR 250,000 for the bonds (refundable after 5 years) plus EUR 30,000 government contribution plus EUR 10,000 annual property lease for 5 years (a property purchase is also acceptable) plus legal fees. The benefit of this option is a much lower total cost because the investor may sell the bonds after 5 years.

Regardless of which MRVP investment option is chosen, the main applicant must declare that he/she has an annual income of at least EUR 100,000 arising outside of Malta, or that he/she owns assets (stocks, bonds, real estate, other) valued at no less than EUR 500,000.
 
C) Malta Residency (for Non-EU Citizens): The Global Residence Program (GRP), offers residency in Malta (meaning the permission to live in Malta as long as desired), visa-free travel to all European countries within the Schengen area, and the option to apply for a Malta work permit.

Residency status under the GRP program needs to be renewed annually to avoid expiration. This program is desirable especially for applicants who only require temporary EU residency status.

    • Permanent Residency in 3 - 4 months
    • Family members can be included in the application
    • No minimum presence required
    • No worldwide tax, remittance basis only
    • Option to apply for work permit
    • Schengen Residence Card
    • Visa-free travel within Schengen

The annual expense, a minimum tax, to renew residency is approximately €15,000. Further, the applicant is required to rent a residence (house or apartment) at an annual lease of no less than €8,750 (a property purchase is also acceptable). Thus, the total minimum expense to renew the GRP permit each year is approximately €24,000.


NOTE: Neither the MRVP nor the GRP residency program automatically lead to EU citizenship, nor do these programs result in receiving a European passport. However, residents may apply for Malta (EU) citizenship after six years. The application may be approved or rejected entirely at the discretion of the minister and the department in charge. There are no guarantees that approval will be granted.


D) Malta Residency (for EU Citizens): The Ordinary Residence (OR) program requires the applicant demonstrates financial self-sufficiency, which is defined as having available funds of at least EUR 14,000 for a single person (EUR 23,000 for married couples). Further, the applicant must purchase or lease a property in Malta. There is no minimum property value requirement. Benefits include the freedom to reside and work in Malta, visa-free Schengen travel, and fast processing (6-8 weeks). Family members can be included.

E) Malta Residency (for EU Citizens): The Residence Program (TRP) requires applicants to declare they do not spend more than 183 days in any other jurisdiction outside of Malta. The tax rate on income brought into Malta is 15% (annual minimum tax: EUR 15,000). Further, the applicant must purchase or lease a property in Malta with a minimum property value of EUR 275,000 for property in Central/North Malta (or EUR 220,000 for property in Gozo or South Malta). Candidates may alternatively opt for rental of property at EUR 9,600 (or EUR 8,750 per year in Gozo/South Malta). Benefits include the freedom to reside and work in Malta, visa-free Schengen travel, fast processing (3 – 4 months), and a 15% flat rate tax on income remitted to Malta. Family members and domestic staff can be included.


Please use our contact form to obtain a complete checklist of application documents which depends on the number of family members to be included. If you are planning to apply for more than one family ask us about a group discount.


Malta Immigration by Investment Benefits


Reasons for an alternative residency or citizenship include providing a better quality of life for the investor and his/her family, arranging for international tax planning, and establishing a safety net should the living conditions at home become unbearable.

Free Movement of Persons

The whole family can obtain Malta Citizenship i.e. the main applicant, his/her spouse, children under 18 years, and adult dependents (ages 18 to 28) and they can all travel, reside and work freely within the EU.

Free Movement of Services

Individual citizens and their companies can offer services within EU member states without obstacles.

Free Movement of Capital

Maltese passport holders can transfer funds between EU member states, purchase property in any preferred EU country, and invest in any type of business venture.

Free Movement of Goods

All goods produced in EU member states can be freely transferred between countries of the European Union.

No Requirement to Physically Reside in Malta

The applicant and his/her dependents are not required to reside in Malta before the filing of an application, or after obtaining Maltese Citizenship.

Attractive Tax System

Malta is an attractive financial center due to its highly favorable tax system and strategic location at the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia.

High Standard of Living

Malta presents a high standard of living due to its access to reputable private schools, trustworthy private medical facilities and having among the lowest crime rates within Europe. In Malta, multiple cultures live side by side in peace and harmony.

Visa Free Travel

Maltese passport holders do not require a visa to travel within the EU and also to travel to many non-EU countries.

 

Malta's Standing in the European Union


Malta is a safe, neutral and respected member of the European Union since 2004 and part of the Schengen Area since 2007. The country enjoys a stable political climate and a bi-partisan political scene that is largely convergent on issues of national and economic importance. Malta has weathered the financial crises well and shared the limelight with Germany as the only two states maintaining economic growth in the Euro Zone. Malta's banks have been ranked amongst the top 5 soundest banks in the world.

The Island offers a rich, contemporary cultural lifestyle, temperate climate and fascinating history. Malta is also a state of the art financial and business hub due to its competitive tax system and offers significant advantages to foreign entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and investors seeking an attractive yet safe business environment.

For the last two decades Malta has enjoyed solid and constant growth in its financial services industry and is fast becoming the jurisdiction of choice to international corporate groups seeking an ideal hub from which to do business within the EU, Middle East and North African markets.


Please use our contact form to obtain a detailed cost estimate.


Our Qualifications


Our associated attorneys are IIP accredited Authorized Registered Mandatories (ARM), a designation required by the Maltese Government to manage IIP applications.

Our team consists of immigration specialists working exclusively on Citizenship & Residence matters and will stand by your side throughout the entire application process, from start to finish. We will work with you until your residence or citizenship by investment application has been approved and you have received your residence certificate or Malta (EU) passport.

In addition to immigration law our associates are providing advisory services to clients including high net worth individuals, owner-managed businesses, and larger corporations in the areas of company formation and tax law.
 

Services offered:

  •    • Advising you on your chances of success before filing your application;
  •    • providing you with pre-immigration legal and tax advice;
  •    • guiding you with the preparation of supporting documentation;
  •    • vetting and preparing all supporting documentation for submission;
  •    • corresponding and liaising with government authorities on your behalf during the application process;
  •    • providing continuous application progress updates.

Additional services (if needed):

  •    • Handling applications for work permits, uniform residence permits, HNWI and GRP residence permits;
  •    • legal and notarial representation on purchase, rental and re-sale of property in Malta including applications for AIP permits and reviews of your contract;
  •    • coordination of architectural surveys & planning applications, referral to leading interior designers & turnkey providers for property conversions;
  •    • personal and corporate international tax planning;
  •    • dealing with all periodical tax matters including annual returns and tax payments;
  •    • drawing up of wills, international probate;
  •    • administration of estates, foundations, trusts;
  •    • advice on the formation & management of trading & holding companies in Malta;
  •    • yacht registration under the Malta flag & VAT planning.


Next Steps:


Step #1: Contact Us. Please use our contact form to receive a detailed cost estimate for you and your family. If you apply for more than one family ask us about a group discount. There is no fee for this initial consultation.

Step #2: Document Preparation.
Should you wish to proceed with an application, the immigration attorney assigned to your case will prepare your application file and collect all supporting documents. The completed application is then submitted to the Maltese government, and you receive your Residency Card. This step can be as fast as 1 - 3 weeks.

Step #3: Application Processing.
The Maltese government now reviews the application and conducts background checks. This step can take up to four months to complete.

Step #4: Compliance Period.
The applicant now has up to four months to submit proof of health insurance, rent or purchase property, submit the contribution and fulfill the securities investment requirement.

After the applicant swears an Oath of Allegiance and completes his/her residency the Maltese government will issue the Certificate of Naturalization. The applicant can now receive the Maltese (EU) passport.


If the applicant has already been a resident prior to filing an application he/she can obtain the Maltese passport as early as six months. This makes the Malta IIP program one of the fastest options for international investors looking to obtain EU citizenship.

Please contact us for a detailed cost estimate or confidential consultation.  Our associated attorneys are ready to assist you with attaining your investment objectives and answer any questions you might have about all of Malta's Residency / Citizenship by Investment programs.
 


Malta Residency / Citizenship by Investment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The following are questions frequently asked about the Maltese Residency / Citizenship by Investment programs. If you don't find your answers here, please contact us at your convenience. 
 

Q: What are some of the reasons the Malta residency / citizenship by investment programs are attracting so many international investors?

A: Many international business executives, investors, public figures, VIPs, and affluent citizens of other countries consider an alternative residency or citizenship and passport a powerful tool for international tax planning and a safety net should the living conditions at home become unbearable.

Applicants realize that the Maltese residency/citizenship provides several benefits, including:
   • Visa free travel to over 160 countries, including the USA, Canada, and Europe
   • Retirement in a safe country with a warm climate
   • A better education for the applicant’s children
   • Children and grand children gain visa free travel and the right to live, work, or study in many countries
   • A better quality of life for the family, including better healthcare and an unpolluted environment
   • Relatively low real estate prices
   • Personal security
   • Tax advantages
   • Freedom associated with having multiple passports




Q: What is the difference between the Individual Investor Program (IIP), the Global Residence Program (GRP), and the Malta Residence and Visa Program (MRVP)?

A: The Malta Individual Investor Program (IIP) offers applicants a fast track to the European citizenship and the European passport in return for a one-time investment. For the main applicant the minimum one-time cost under the individual investor program is approximately €880,000.

As a EU citizen you are allowed to live, work, study in any of the 26 European Union countries. EU citizenship also grants you access to all investment opportunities in Malta and throughout the EU member nations, as well as visa-free travel to more than 160 countries in the world, including the USA, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and most countries in North, Central and South America.

Please use our contact form to obtain a complete checklist of application documents which depends on the number of family members to be included.


The Maltese Global Residence Program (GRP) offers residency in Malta (meaning the permission to live in Malta as long as desired), visa-free travel to all European countries within the Schengen area, and the option to apply for a Malta work permit.

However, residency status under the GRP program needs to be renewed annually to avoid expiration. The annual expense, a minimum tax, to renew residency is approximately €15,000. Further, the applicant is required to rent a residence at an annual lease of no less than €8,750 (a property purchase is also acceptable). Thus, the total minimum expense to renew the GRP permit each year is approximately €24,000.

Processing can be as fast as three months. The GRP does not automatically lead to EU citizenship, and it does not automatically result in receiving a European passport.


The Malta Residency and Visa Program (MRVP), also known as the "Malta Golden Visa", leads to residency (meaning the permission to live in Malta as long as desired), visa-free travel to all European countries within the Schengen area, but unlike the GRP it has no recurring minimum tax. In other words, the MRVP does not need to be renewed each year.

The first MRVP investment option is a financing package at a one-time, non-recoverable expense of EUR 160,000 plus EUR 10,000 annual property lease for 5 years (a property purchase is also acceptable). This expense covers all government, financing, and legal fees.

The second MRVP investment option is a bond investment which can be sold after a 5 year holding period. The total cost for this option is EUR 250,000 for the bonds (refundable after 5 years) plus EUR 30,000 government contribution plus EUR 10,000 annual property lease for 5 years (a property purchase is also acceptable) plus legal fees.

Regardless of which MRVP investment option is chosen, the main applicant must declare that he/she has an annual income of at least EUR 100,000 arising outside of Malta, or that he/she owns assets (stocks, bonds, real estate, other) valued at no less than EUR 500,000.
 
The MRVP program also leads to Malta residency in as little as three months, but just like the GRP program it does not automatically lead to the Maltese (EU) citizenship and the EU passport. Any citizenship application may be approved or rejected entirely at the discretion of the minister and the department in charge. There are no guarantees that approval will be granted.

The following table compares both residency programs:

 

Global Residency Program
(GRP)

Malta Residence and
Visa Program (MRVP)

 Minimum Tax

EUR15,000

Zero

 Tax Rate

15%

0% - 35%

 Property Purchase

Central/North EUR275,000
South/Gozo EUR220,000

Central/North EUR320,000
South/Gozo EUR270,000

 Property Rental

Central/North EUR9,600
South/Gozo EUR8,750

Central/North EUR12,000
South/Gozo EUR10,000

 Minimum Stay in MT

Zero

Zero

 Official Application Fee

EUR6,000

Zero

 Contribution

Zero

EUR30,000

 Bond / Shares Investment

Zero

EUR250,000 for 5 years

(EUR 100,000 if financed)

 Dependants

Spouse, Children up to 25 years, brothers, sisters and parents
(If financially dependent)

Spouse, Children up to 26 years
+ Parents & Grandparents

(if financially dependent)



These cost estimates are exclusive of government and attorneys fees and will vary based upon the number of family members to be included. Please contact us for a checklist of all required application documents and to receive a detailed quotation. If you are planning to apply for more than one family ask us about a group discount.



Q: What is the difference between the Ordinary Residence (OR) program and The Residence Program (TRP)?
A: Both programs are only available for EU nationals, meaning applicants who are already a citizen of another EU member country. The Residence Program (TRP) offers a flat tax of 15% on income brought into Malta (EUR 15,000 annual tax minimum) which makes this program especially attractive to high income individuals.



Q: What is the minimum investment required to obtain the Malta citizenship? Who will receive these funds?

A: Applicants are required to make a contribution directly to the Maltese Government's National Development and Social Fund.

The contribution is set at 650,000 Euro for the main applicant, 25,000 Euro for a spouse and each minor child under 18 years of age, and 50,000 Euro for each dependent parent over 55 years of age and each dependent child between 18 - 26 years of age.

In addition, the applicant is required to either (a) purchase Malta real estate valued at 350,000 Euro minimum, or (b) rent a Malta property for at least 16,000 Euro per year, for a minimum of five years. If purchased, the real estate may be liquidated after the five year holding period.

Further, the applicant is required to purchase 150,000 Euro of Government approved securities to be held for at least five years. The securities may also be liquidated after the five year holding period.

NOTE: No contribution or investments need to be paid to the Maltese government before the final approval is issued by the government. This ensures your investments will only become due if and when your application is approved! Our associated attorneys will advise you of the probability of success prior to submitting your application to protect you from filing an application (and making any investments) that might be rejected. 

Please use our contact form to receive a detailed cost estimate including legal fees.



Q: How will new citizens be taxed?

A: Taxation in Malta is based on domicile and residence – not citizenship. Obtaining Maltese citizenship does not automatically cause the applicant to acquire a new domicile. Becoming a citizen of Malta does not have to have any tax consequences!

Tax residents of Malta who are not domiciled in Malta are taxable on a remittance basis. This means they are not taxable on foreign source income (income not received in Malta), nor on any capital gains arising outside Malta.

Tax is due only on income and capital gains arising in Malta. A non-resident citizen of Malta is only taxable in Malta on income generated in Malta.

Other Tax Considerations:
   • No inheritance or death taxes
   • No estate duty
   • No net worth or wealth taxes
   • No municipal taxes, rates or real estate taxes



Q: Can I include my family with my application?
A: Yes. The main applicant may include a spouse, children under 18 years of age, financially dependent adult children under the age of 27, and parents over the age of 55.
 


Q: Will my citizenship expire?

A: No. When you acquire citizenship under the Maltese citizenship program, you and your family enjoy full citizenship for life, which can be passed on to future generations by descent.



Q: Do I need to move to Malta or live in Malta for a minimum number of days during the year to qualify for the program?

A: Applicants do not need to move to Malta or live in the country for a full year to satisfy the one year residency requirement. Instead, an applicant can meet the requirement by proving a genuine link with Malta as evidenced by, for example, a minimum of two visits within the year, or showing water and electricity bills, or having a club membership, engaging in any business activity in Malta, or similar. Our attorneys will assist you to be in full compliance with Maltese regulations.



Q: What is a "genuine link"?

A: The Maltese Citizenship Program as approved by the European Commission is based on establishing a ‘genuine link’ between the applicant and Malta.

Applicants do not need to move to Malta or live in the country for a full year to establish a genuine link. Acceptable criteria to establish a genuine connection with Malta include having a local mobile phone, donations to charity, membership of a local club or professional body, business activity, as well as any involvement in philanthropy.

Our attorneys will obtain advance written approval from the Maltese government to ensure your proposed genuine link with Malta will be accepted.



Q: Approximately how long does the application process take until I am granted citizenship?

A: The IIP application process takes approximately four months to process. If the applicant has already been a resident prior to filing an application he/she can obtain the Maltese passport as early as six months.

Upon submitting the Residence Application, the main applicant and his dependents (optional) are provided with an E-Residence document which is equivalent to a Schengen Visa, grating borderless travel to all Schengen countries.

The approximate timeline is as follows:

Week 1 - 3: Document Preparation. The attorney prepares the application file and collects all supporting documents. Applicant receives the Residency Card. The completed application is submitted.

Week 4 - 20: Application Processing.
The Maltese government reviews the application and conducts background checks.

Week 21 - 36: Compliance Period.
The applicant submits proof of health insurance, rents or purchases property, submits the contribution and fulfills the securities investment requirement. 

Naturalization.
 Upon application approval the Maltese government issues the Certificate of Naturalization to the applicant and any dependents, subject to the Oath of Allegiance and one year residency. Passport are issued.
 
Malta citizenship




Q: Can you help me with obtaining Malta citizenship by descent?

A: Yes. Please use the contact form at the bottom of this page and briefly describe your family's Maltese background.



Q: Can you help me find suitable real estate in Malta?

A: Yes. We are associated with licensed real estate agencies and developers in Malta and can help you find an ideal property that fulfills the program's real estate investment requirement.

Our professional relationships in Malta guarantee to our clients a smooth, comprehensive service that includes identifying suitable properties, providing transport for property viewings, drafting/reviewing legal contracts, and/or liaising with local notaries and architects as needed.

When you decide on a property for purchase we can arrange for a Power of Attorney to appear on your behalf without the need for you to come again to Malta for the signature of any necessary contracts.



Q: How soon can I sell my Malta real estate?

A: The IIP program requires property to be held for five years. After this period, property in Malta can be sold completely exempt from tax if it has been held for three years as the resident’s sole and ordinary residence. If the property is sold before having been used as the resident’s sole residence for three years, a final property tax of 12% is chargeable on the selling price.



Q: Do I need to invest in a Malta company and create jobs to qualify for the program?

A: No. Unlike other programs such as the EB-5 Investor Visa in the United States, Malta has no requirements to invest in a business or create new jobs.



Q: Will the Malta citizenship automatically grant me European citizenship?

A: Yes. Because Malta is a member of the European Union its citizens are automatically European citizens, which means you are allowed to live, work or study anywhere in Europe.

However, please note that the total number of citizenships (total number of passports) the Maltese government has made available under this program is limited! If you are ready to file an application please contact us for additional information. 



Q: Can you help me with finding a job?

A: Sorry, the immigration by investment programs were developed by the government to attract high net worth individuals, business owners, VIPs and other individuals with the financial means to support themselves and the local economy. Please note: New citizens do not need any work permission; they may work in any of the EU member countries. New residents may apply for a Malta work permit, but would need to find their own employment opportunities.



Q: Can you help me get a tourist or a student visa?

A: Sorry, we cannot assist with tourist or student visas. However, if your intent is to file an application for residency or citizenship we may assist with the initial travel visa to schedule an in-person appointment at our offices.



Q: What are the major differences among the various immigration by investment programs?

A:  The Bulgaria Citizenship by Investment Program provides the applicant with several investment options starting at EUR 185,000 for European citizenship and passport after five years in residency status. The "fast track option" starts at EUR 270,000 and shortens this period to only 18 months.

The Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Program provides the applicant with several investment options starting at EUR 2,0 million for immediate European citizenship and passport. The entire citizenship application process can be as fast as 90 days.

The Greece Golden Visa allows non-EU applicants to file for Greek residency by way of a EUR 250,000 investment in local real estate. The applicant may file for Greek citizenship after seven years of permanent residency.

The Malta Individual Investor Program provides the applicant with European citizenship in return for a non-refundable donation to the Maltese government in the amount of EUR 650,000 plus a EUR 150,000 investment in approved securities and an investment in real estate. The IIP application process can take between six months and two years to complete. For applicants who are only seeking Malta residency and Schengen travel benefits, options start at an annual recurring expense of EUR 24,000.

The Monaco Residency / Citizenship Program allows applicants to file for Monaco residency by proving access to sufficient accommodations and financial self-sufficiency. The applicant may file for Monaco citizenship after ten years of permanent residency.

The Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program requires an investment of EUR 350,000 in real estate, or the transfer of 1 Million Euro, or the creation of 10 new jobs in Portugal. After six years of Portuguese residency, citizenship can be applied for.

The Spain Golden Visa requires a EUR 500,000 minimum investment in real estate, or a 1 Million Euro asset transfer, or a 2 Million Euro securities investment, or the creation of a new government-approved business project in return for Spanish residency. After 10 years of residency the applicant may file for citizenship.


Outside of the EU, citizenship by investment programs include those offered by Canada, the United States of America, and the Caribbean nations of Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Lucia:

Canada offers several residency by investment options, leading to citizenship if desired, starting at CAD 200,000.

The United States EB-5 Program leads to permanent residency status and citizenship in the United States for a minimum investment of USD 500,000 in a commercial enterprise in the U.S. that generates at least 10 jobs for Americans. After five years as a permanent resident the investor may apply for U.S. citizenship.

The Caribbean nations of Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Lucia offer citizenship programs requiring a cash contribution of at least USD 100,000.



Q: What does "Schengen Area" mean?

A: The Malta citizenship allows you to travel without restrictions across the "Schengen Area" of the European Union. The Schengen Area is a group of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and immigration controls at their common borders. It functions as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy. Source: Wikipedia



Q: Will I be able to travel to the United States with the Malta passport?

A: Yes. The Malta passport will allow you to travel to the U.S. under the visa waiver program which allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less. Source: U.S. Government




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