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Malta Citizenship

Citizenship by Investment

Overview of Malta’s Citizenship by Investment Program

The Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP) was established in 2014 after an amendment to the Citizenship Act, Chapter 188. This led to the creation of LN 47 in 2014, formally establishing the MIIP. This initiative allows affluent foreign individuals and their families to gain Maltese citizenship by contributing to Malta’s economic development. Notably, the MIIP is the first EU citizenship program officially approved by the European Commission. Successful applicants under the MIIP enjoy the same rights as native Maltese citizens, including the freedom to live, work, move, and vote within Malta and the broader EU. The application process is facilitated by Migrate World which guides and supports applicants throughout the MIIP process. Overall, the MIIP presents a unique opportunity for economic contributors to become Maltese citizens, backed by the program’s recognition at both national and EU levels.

How to obtain Malta’s Citizenship by Investment

Malta’s Citizenship by Investment program offers three diverse pathways for achieving citizenship.

  1. A contribution to the development of Malta.
  2. The purchase of a property of at least €700,000 or lease for a minimum of €16,000/ year
  3. Donation to NGO.
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Processing Time

16-18 Months Or 36-48 months

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Donation or Investment From

690,000€

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Visa-Free Access To

170+ Countries

Curated Links for Malta citizens

Investment Options

Processing time: 16-18 months

Contribution: 750,000€
Donation: 10,000€
Real estate (purchase): 700,000€
Total: 1,460,000€

Processing time: 16-18 months

Contribution: 750,000€
Donation: 10,000€
Real estate (lease): 80,000/ 5 years (16,000/year)
Total: 840,000€

Processing time: 36-48 months

Contribution: 600,000€
Donation: 10,000€
Real estate (purchase): 700,000€
Total: 1,310,000€

Processing time: 36-48 months

Contribution: 600,000€
Donation: 10,000€
Real estate (lease): 80,000/5 years (16,000/year)
Total: 690,000€

Why Choose Malta?

  • Tourism and Real Estate: Malta’s picturesque landscapes, historical sites, and the Mediterranean climate attract tourists and real estate investors.
  • Financial Services Hub: Malta has positioned itself as a financial services hub within the EU, particularly in areas like fintech, online gaming, and insurance.
  • Quality of Life: Malta offers a high quality of life with its pleasant climate, cultural heritage, and relatively affordable cost of living compared to other European countries.
  • Strategic Location: Malta’s position in the Mediterranean facilitates trade across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
  • Business-Friendly: With low corporate taxes and double taxation treaties, Malta welcomes international companies.
  • EU Membership: Being an EU member, Malta offers access to the EU market, simplifying trade.

Cost of living in Malta

Malta’s cost of living stands notably lower than many Central and Western European counterparts, even falling below the EU average. This affordability doesn’t compromise the quality of life, which remains on par with renowned nations like Austria, Germany, and France. Impressively, over 20% of the population comprises ex-pats, reflecting the island’s diverse and welcoming environment.

Housing in Malta:

Malta’s housing landscape offers a myriad of choices, particularly in its urban hubs like Valletta and St. Julien. Rent prices fluctuate based on aspects such as location, view, and amenities, with city-center residences commanding higher costs. For instance, leasing a penthouse with breathtaking vistas in Sliema may exceed $2000 per month, while a comparable apartment in Mellieħa could amount to around $700. The average monthly rent in Malta spans between $1000 and $1500, a fraction of what major cities like New York demand.

Property Ownership in Malta:

Purchasing property in Malta is an accessible venture, with fresh apartments commencing at $199,000. Meeting residency prerequisites necessitates investing in property of a certain minimum value. Additionally, the path to Maltese citizenship is paved through real estate investments or annual rent payments meeting stipulated criteria. These provisions facilitate obtaining an EU passport while achieving financial goals.

Healthcare in Malta:

Malta’s healthcare system embodies both affordability and accessibility through its dual public and private options. Notably, the country ranks among the top 20 globally for healthcare quality. EU nationals can harness the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) at public healthcare facilities, while non-EU residents can secure health insurance following Maltese residency regulations.

Transportation and Utilities:

Malta offers a cost-effective transportation system and utilities. With nationwide 5G internet coverage, communication services are reasonably priced, averaging nearly $35. Furthermore, diverse public transportation options, including buses, ferries, and water taxis, simplify mobility across the island.

Key Facts

Capital

Valletta

Languages

Maltese, English

Currency

Euro (EUR)

Population

535,064 (2024)

What are the eligibility criteria to apply for Malta Citizenship?

  • Minimum Net worth €2,000,000
  • No criminal record
  • Age 18 years old and above
  • No deportations/ visa refusal

Malta Citizenship By Investment Required Documents

  1. Draft of application forms to be provided by Migrate World, then to be aged and dune in Malta
  2. Medical records (to be done in Malta)
  3. Health insurance Cover Policy
  4. Proof of Residence and Evidence of Residential address
  5. Supporting employment/company documents (details to be communicated by Migrate World) for the main applicant & spouse
  6. Bank Reference Letter and 3 months’ personal bank statement with the sufficient fund for the main applicant & spouse
  7. Police Certificate for all applicants 18 years old and above from country of birth and from all countries in which they have resided for at least 6 months over the past 10 years (valid for 6 months only) – apostilled
  8. University/school certificate or enrollment letter for adult dependent
  9. 8 passport-size photos for all family members
  10. Introductory Letter – to be signed and done in Malta
  11. Power of Attorney – to be signed and done in Malta
  12. Signed Resume (CV) for main applicant & spouse
  13. Signed client agreement.

How Many Dependents Can be Included in a Single Application?

The subsequent individuals are considered eligible dependents for inclusion in the Main Applicant’s application:

Spouse/Partner:

The spouse of the applicant in a monogamous marriage or a partner in a relationship equivalent to a monogamous marriage, including civil unions, domestic partnerships, and common-law marriages.

Children:

Children of the main applicant or of their dependent as described in the aforementioned section, including adopted children, who are between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty-nine (29) at the time the main applicant’s citizenship application is submitted and accepted by the Agency. These children should not be married and must demonstrate to the Minister that they are primarily supported by the main applicant.

Parent:

A parent or grandparent of the main applicant or spouse who has reached the age of fifty-five (55) at the time the main applicant’s citizenship application is submitted. To qualify, the parent or grandparent must prove to the satisfaction of the Minister that they are substantially maintained or heavily supported by the main applicant.

Starting investment for Malta Citizenship is 676,000€

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    Step by Step procedures and time frame for obtaining Malta Citizenship by Investment Program

    1. Initial Consultation: The first step is a complimentary consultation with us, where we explain all the different options available.
    2. Preliminary checks: Migrate World performs preliminary checks, before officially making any agreement as a guarantee that the applicant’s record is clean in any case that the government might reject his/her application.
    3. Internal checks: Migrate World and approved agents will determine whether they may or may not represent the prospective applicant based on their eligibility criteria. The estimated duration for this process is typically around 10 to 15 business days.
    4. Agreement & Fees: The fees associated with this service encompass various aspects, including legal fees, due diligence fees, government fees, and application fees.
    5. Real Estate Purchase Consultation: We assist the applicant in choosing the real estate that follows the required regulations. A Maltese property must be secured (leased or acquired) for one to apply for a residence permit.
    6. Residence Permit Application: The residence permit is issued upon satisfaction of the criteria, which will enable the applicant to satisfy the 12-month residence condition This process takes approximately 10 business days.
    7. Collect Documents & Submit the File: We will help obtain/translate and authenticate all necessary documents. MIIP application forms and medical check-ups are completed. A file is then prepared and submitted within approximately 1-2 months.
    8. Approval & Investment Fulfillment: Upon receipt of the Letter of Approval in Principle, the main applicant must satisfy the investment criteria within the time frames prescribed by the Authority. This process takes approximately 4 months.
    9. Naturalization & Passport: Upon satisfaction of the investment criteria, the Authority will invite the applicant and his/her family to take the oath of allegiance, after which they will each be issued a Certificate of Naturalization and a Maltese Passport.

    NOTE: The timeline is an estimate only, processing time depends on the complexity of each file.

    How do I avoid mistakes when applying for a Malta passport?

    When it comes to obtaining a Malta passport, avoiding mistakes is essential. With Migrate World by your side, you can ensure a smooth application process and maximize your chances of success. The process of securing a second passport has its intricacies, and Malta’s authorities have high expectations of their future citizens. By collaborating with our expert legal team based in Malta, you will benefit from their experience in presenting your case effectively from both personal and financial perspectives, increasing the likelihood of approval.

    Migrate World’s skilled immigration advisors are equipped to guide you and any dependents over 16 through due diligence checks seamlessly, helping you avoid potential issues. If you’re considering an investment in Malta, our team can recommend government-approved real estate projects to ensure a reliable and profitable venture.

    With Migrate World, you can optimize expenses and streamline costs, receiving your Malta passports in just 4 months from the comfort of your home. Our knowledgeable advisors provide comprehensive support for every aspect of second citizenship through investment and tailoring solutions that cater to your family’s unique needs.

    What is the passport renewal process, and how will Migrateworld help me?

    When a client seeks to renew their passport, they can reach out to us, and we will provide them with all the necessary forms. Our team will also assist them in connecting with our lawyer to complete the required forms, including signing and stamping. Following this, we will assist in scheduling an appointment for them to visit the Passport Office in Malta.

    Alternatively, if the Maltese citizen is residing in a location with a diplomatic mission offering passport renewal services, we can arrange an appointment with them. However, this option typically involves a processing time of approximately three weeks. On the other hand, if the individual chooses to come to Malta, they have the opportunity to expedite the process by paying for the fast-track service, resulting in the issuance of their passport on the same day – provided that their application is submitted by 9:00 am that morning.

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      Benefits of Malta Citizenship By Investment

      • Speedy Residency: Obtain a residency card in just 4 weeks.
      •  Expedited Citizenship: Approval for citizenship within a timeframe of 6 months.
      • Efficient Processing: The application process is streamlined, and passport issuance takes approximately 16-18 months.
      • European Union Access: Enjoy the privilege of living, working, and studying anywhere in the European Union.
      •  Global Mobility: Benefit from visa-free access to 180+ countries, including the UK, EU nations, USA, and Canada.
      •  Inclusive Application: Include dependent children under the age of 29 at the time of citizenship application.
      • Family Inclusion: Include parents or grandparents aged 55 years or older at the time of citizenship application.

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      Does Malta provides Golden Visa?

      Yes, Malta offers a Residence by Investment program, commonly referred to as the Malta Golden Visa.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      As of 6 January 2023, Arton Capital's Passport Index ranks the Maltese passport fifth in the world in terms of travel freedom, tied with Singaporean and Slovak passports, with a mobility score of 171.

      Malta does not have any restrictions on dual citizenship. It allows individuals to hold dual citizenship, meaning that you can simultaneously be a citizen of Malta and another country.

      Acquiring Maltese citizenship or Malta citizenship through investment does not have any language prerequisites. If you happen to be a British, Canadian, or US expatriate, you might find it advantageous to know that English is one of Malta's official languages, spoken by 88 percent of the population.

      Yes, Malta is indeed a full member of the European Union. As a result, obtaining citizenship in Malta grants individuals European citizenship, which includes the freedom to live and work in the member states of the Schengen Area and the European Economic Area.

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