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Malta Citizenship by Investment

The acquisition of Malta Citizenship by Investment is now open to reputable individuals and families making an economic contribution to the European Island of Malta. The Island is speckled with a rich cultural lifestyle, temperate climate and fascinating history – all fused with an avante garde contemporary lifestyle - ensuring Malta tops the rankings of relocation destinations in Europe.

Malta: Citizenship by Investment

Over the years, Malta has grown into a state-of-the-art financial centre and business hub.  It has proved its resilience and good fundamentals by weathering the financial crises with no banking casualties or depositor/investor losses due to Malta's culture of prudence and its sound regulatory system.  The Republic of Malta 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. Malta owes this to its ideal work-life balance, attractive ecosystem and competitive taxation for financial services, gaming and biotech industries.

Malta is a full EU member state since 2004. 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. 

Malta Citizenship by Investment: Legal Basis

The Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme is the first EU-approved citizenship by investment programme.  Malta 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. These amendments provided the framework for the enactment of LN 47 of 2014.  The Malta Individual Investor Programme (MIIP) rules provide for affluent persons of impeccable standing and repute to be naturalised and to receive Maltese citizenship on the basis of a contribution to and investment in Malta.  

Malta has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and is part of Schengen since 2007. Malta Citizenship obtained under this programme grants the rights of full citizenship for life and can be passed on to future generations by descent. Maltese citizenship grants access to all investment opportunities in Malta and throughout the European Union open to Maltese and European Union citizens.

Eligibility for Malta Citizenship by Investment

Malta Citizenship by Investment Eligibility

The requirements of Malta Citizenship by Investment are:

  • on application:
    • good reputation of the applicant
  • on approval:
    • a contribution of €650,000 
    • buy / rent property worth €350,000 or renting at €16.000/yr for 5 years.
    • invest €150,000 in Malta Government Bonds for 5 years.
  • prior to issue of passports:
    • holding a residence card for at least 12 months.

Malta Citizenship by Investment approval in 4 months

The Malta Citizenship by Investment boasts a short processing time of 4 months running concurrently with the residency period of 1 year. This means that a successful investor is granted Malta Citizenship by Investment in a total of only 12 months as required by international law.