Malta Citizenship Application Process

Malta Citizenship Application Process

A person is entitled to apply for citizenship by investment under the Individual Investor Programme if such person is at least of 18 years of age and has been resident in Malta for a period of 12 months preceding the issuing of Maltese Passport.

The main applicant may also add dependents to a citizenship application including his or her spouse/partner, children, parents and grandparents under certain conditions. All applicants before the application process must show that they are in good standing and repute and will undergo a ‘fit and proper’ test. Applicants must also show that they do not suffer from any contagious disease.

The main applicant must first apply for and be granted an E-residence card. Applicants who are not already resident in Malta are advised to start the process of residency to set the clock ticking on the one year residency requirement. This is done by submitting an application on behalf of the clients as residents in Malta on the basis of economic self sufficient persons. This requires the applicant to show proof of residency in Malta eithery by a lease agreement or deed of purchaed property. Following this residency application, an initial meeting with Identity Malta is held where photographs and biometrics of the main applicant and dependents are taken. During this stage, a deposit on account of the €650,000 contribution is due: €5,000 for the main applicant and €1,000 per each dependent.

The next step is that the accredited agent submits an application to Identity Malta together with the essential supporting documents. Without such documents an application will not be accepted. During this stage due diligence fees, passport fees and a deposit of €10,000 on account of the €650,000 contribution, less any payments made for residency are to be made.

Chetcuti Cauchi takes care of all the documents which need to be submitted, as applicants must be represented by an Accredited Person that is a licensed Maltese Authorised Registered Mandatory (ARM). Our firm will assist clients during the application process by advising on the chances of success before filling in the application, providing pre-immigration legal and tax advice, guiding with the preparation of all the supporting documents, vetting and preparing all documentation, liaising with government authorities on your behalf during the application and giving updates during the application process.