Malta Citizenship by Investment

The Malta Individual Investor Programme (MIIP or Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme) 

With an amendment carried out in November 2013 to the Maltese Citizenship Act, Malta offers high net worth individuals and their families worldwide the opportunity to acquire the Maltese citizenship by investing in the Country. As a member of the European Union since 2004, becoming a citizen through investment in Malta grants you countless benefits - a quick and efficient process, freedom of mobility and the chance to live in one of the sunniest, most respected EU Member States.

Citizenship by Investment Malta

The Malta Individual Investor Programme offers affluent citizens of foreign countries (EU and non-EU) of impeccable standing and repute the opportunity to become Maltese citizens and therefore get a Maltese passport. The advantages of the MIIP are countless. By contributing to the economic and social development of the country, the Malta citizenship Programme grants successful candidates and their families a certificate of naturalisation which opens the door to freedom of mobility.


Benefits of the Malta IIP for you and your family

The benefits of the Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme are extended to your family, descendants and future generations. Indeed, the advantages of obtaining a Maltese passport can be passed to your parents and spouse, minor children and unmarried dependent adult children aged less than 27 years old. Descendants are automatically entitled to the Maltese citizenship thereafter.


MIIP - freedom of mobility in the European Union

Since 2007, Malta has been a member of the Schengen Visa Zone. Implemented in 1995, the Schengen agreement allows free movement of people between member countries by effectively removing border controls. Becoming a Maltese citizen by investing in the country will, therefore, allow you to live, work, study and travel without going through border controls in all the 28 European countries + Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein (member of the EFTA - European Free Trade Association).



Visa-free destination with the IIP Malta Program

Moreover, successful candidates will enjoy VISA free travel to more than 168 countries including USA and Canada. Once you have obtained a Maltese passport through investment, you and your family will enjoy the freedom of mobility for life, as you will acquire a permanent Maltese citizenship.


A quick and efficient process to get a Maltese passport

The Malta Citizenship through Investment Programme process is quick and efficient. The citizenship is approved after only 4 months of processing time. A residency card will be issued through a fast track process which takes 1-3 weeks, which will grant free mobility in the Schengen area for 18 months. It will only take 12 months from the date of initial residency to get a Maltese passport through the investment programme

Establishment of Individual Investor Program

The Individual investor Programme shall allow for the grant of citizenship by a certificate of naturalization to foreign individuals and their families who contribute to the economic development of Malta, as provided in these regulations.

In details, the operation of the programme should be carried out by an authorized entity, which is an entity awarded the public service concession contract to operate and promote the Programme.


L.N. 47 of 2014, MALTESE CITIZENSHIP ACT, (CAP. 188) - Individual Investor Programme of the Republic of Malta Regulations, 2014

The Law is divided into a number of categories, that you can find explained in the different sections of the website. For a brief overview, the Individual Investor Programme is divided into the following part:

Interpretation of the Malta IIP 

The Maltese Citizenship Act - Individual Investor Program - provides the reader with an explanation of the terminology used.

Establishment of the Individual Investor Programme 

It establishes the Individual Investor Programme of the Republic of Malta, which ''shall allow for the grant of citizenship by a certificate of naturalization to foreign individuals and their families who contribute to the economic development of Malta'' as provided in the regulations.

Qualifications and general requirement 

The Law provides a detailed list of the requirements for a person to be a main applicant for the Citizenship by Investment Programme.

Eligibility Criteria for the Malta Individual Investor Programme

The Law provides a detailed list of the minimum eligibility criteria for an application under the Citizenship by Investment Programme. You can find all the relevant information on our section 'Malta IIP - Eligibility Criteria'.

Ineligibility Criteria for the Malta IIP

Not only the Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme Law provides the reader with the eligibility criteria, but it goes further into describing who Ineligible applicants are. You can read more on our dedicated section 'Eligibility for the Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme.'

Application Process

A long paragraph focuses on the application process to become a Maltese Citizen through the Citizenship by Investment Programme. In brief:

  • Application should be presented to Identity Malta for examination
  • Due Diligence test is carried out by Identity Malta
  • Any documents certified by a lawyer to be a true copy of the original needs to receive further validations
  • Within 90 days from the presentation of the application for the Citizenship by Investment Programme, Identity Malta needs to carry out all necessary verifications
  • Within 30 days from the completion of the verification process, Identity Malta shall carry out further reviews and checks, and approve/refuse/delay the applications
  • If approved, upon issue of a Letter of Approval from Identity Malta, the applicant must provide within 4 months time evidence that the main applicant and dependents are covered by Global Health Insurance + a written undertaking to either
         -   hold a residential property in Malta with minimum value of 350.000 euro
         -   lease of a residential property in Malta for a minimum annual rent of 16.000 euro
  • The main applicant shall invest 150.000 euro in Malta - in the form of stocks, bonds, debentures, special purpose vehicles or other investment vehicles
  • Subject to further verification, a certificate of naturalisation is issued
  • After the oath of allegiance has been taken by the applicant, the certificate of naturalization can become effective.