Malta Citizenship for Exceptional Services

July 2020 witnessed amendments to the Maltese Citizenship Act whereby the Government of Malta introduced a route to Maltese citizenship for exceptional services to Malta.

Citizenship for Exceptional Services to Malta

Under article 10 (9) of the Maltese Citizenship Act , individuals who are able to demonstrate that they have rendered exceptional services to Malta in the following areas may apply for Maltese Citizenship for exceptional services:

  • scientists
  • researchers
  • athletes
  • sports persons
  • artists
  • cultural performers
  • investors
  • entrepreneurs.

The definition of "exceptional services" covers services that are 'unusually excellent or manifestly superior' in Malta, and includes contributions in science, research, athletics, sports, art, cultural performance, investment and entrepreneurship.  Applicants are granted Maltese Citizenship for rendering such exceptional services toghether with any eligible dependants of such applicant.

The Minister may grant a certificate of naturalisation as a citizen of Malta to an alien or stateless person, who has rendered exceptional services to the Republic of Malta or to humanity, or whose naturalisation is of exceptional interest to the Republic of Malta...  "exceptional" means manifestly superior, and refers primarily to contributions by scientists, researchers, athletes, sports people, artists, cultural performers, investors and entrepreneurs. Maltese Citizenship Act

Applications for Maltese Citizenship for Exceptional Services

The processing of applications for citizenship for exceptional services are regulated by the Citizenship Regulator who is appointed by the Prime Minister of Malta with the consent of the Leader of the Opposition. The Malta Citizenship Regulator shall ensure that the grant or rejection of Maltese citizenship for exceptional services is duly followed.  An evaluation board assesses the person’s contributions of exceptional services and reports its decision on the eligibility or otherwise of the citizenship applicant.  The Maltese Citizenship Evaluation Board evaluates applications for Maltese citizenship for exceptional services within an established timeframe of 180 days from the date of the application.  The Board relays its decision to the Minister responsible for Citizenship who will finally decide within sixty days.

Eligibility for Maltese citizenship

Applicants for Maltese citizenship for exceptional services must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • they must have resided in Malta for at least eight months before the date of the application;
  • they must own a residential property in Malta;
  • they must prove the exceptional services they have provided to Malta or to humanity;
  • the must have a recommendation by two people qualified to act as sponsors.
  • they must successfully complete a thorough due diligence process performed by one or more internationally recognised due diligence firms.

How we can help.

ACC Maltese member Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker, is a senior immigration lawyer and specialises in citizenship by investment programmes.  Dr Priscilla Mifsud Partner represents international families on all aspects of pre-immigration tax planning, citizenship and residence law.