Invest in Malta to obtain citizenship: requirements, investment amount, benefits, visa-free countries, and more. Contact our experts for a personal consultation.
The government of Malta allows getting the country’s citizenship for exceptional services. It requires a minimum of €690,000 investment.
The passport can be issued in 1 or 3 years, depending on the investment sum.
Maltese citizenship gives you excellent opportunities – you can travel visa-free to more than 180 countries, establish your business in the EU, use its healthcare services, and more.
The Maltese government allows acquiring citizenship by naturalization if an investor can prove to have provided exceptional services to the state. Exceptional services imply direct investments (donations) and buying or renting real estate in the country.
Nationals of most countries can apply for Malta citizenship by naturalization for exceptional services. Generally, the EU countries do not tend to sell their passports and offer no citizenship by investment program. However, some exceptions exist, and Malta is one of them.
There are three general conditions for obtaining Malta citizenship by direct investment:
An applicant has to get a Malta residence permit first and hold the residence status for 12 or 36 months.
Then an investor has to pass a due diligence check – a comprehensive legal assessment.
The investor must also have no criminal record and meet other legal terms and conditions.
The property you buy or rent must be kept for at least 5 years.
The investment of €600,000 or €750,000 you make is non-refundable – it is a contribution to the National Development and Social Fund (NDSF) in Malta.
Our experts will be glad to help you learn more about Maltese passport requirements.
If you plan to acquire Maltese citizenship, you will be pleased to know that not only you but also your closest relatives can get it. Family members that can be included in the investor application are a spouse, children, parents, and grandparents. There are some conditions that will apply to each family member:
Living with the principal applicant in a monogamous marriage, civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar relationship, including same-sex.
Children up to 29 y.o. (including those from previous marriages) who are unmarried and fully maintained or substantially supported by the principal applicant.
Children with disabilities can be included in the application regardless of their age.
Your kids born after you got your citizenship will inherit it automatically.
Parents or grandparents of the principal applicant or spouse over 55 y.o. fully maintained or supported mainly by the applicant.
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A Maltese passport allows you to visit 187 countries without going through a long and complicated visa-issuing process. Some countries will issue you a visa on arrival or ask for a simple electronic travel authorization (eTA). The majority of states – 142 offer complete visa-free access, among them: the EU countries, Japan, the UK, Switzerland, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Malta's legislation and tax system are among the most favorable in Europe. There are no gift or inheritance taxes in Malta. VAT in the country is only 18%, which is uncommon for the majority of the EU states.
Obtaining a Maltese passport means becoming a European citizen. You will have the right to travel and settle in any of the 27 EU member states and Switzerland.
Obtaining Malta citizenship does not imply renouncing your previous citizenship. It means you can have two or more passports unless there are no restrictions from the other country.
Candidates for Maltese citizenship are not required to know Maltese or English to participate in the investment program.
Malta is an island state in the Mediterranean Sea with a rich cultural heritage. It boasts a warm, comfortable climate, several yacht marinas, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With a Maltese passport, you can stay at your second home overseas whenever and however much you want.
Malta offers its citizens an excellent healthcare system. The WHO put Malta in 5th place among over 100 countries in terms of overall healthcare. An investor will be eligible to use the local medical services for free after obtaining a passport.
International private schools in Malta offer high-quality education and teach according to British and US national curriculums and offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The primary language of instruction in such schools is English.
The political climate in Malta is stable, as well as it's economy. In the last few years, the country's economy has shown significant growth in private and public consumption and the tourism sector, reaching an estimated overall growth rate of 6.6% in 2022.
Many other countries' citizen-by-investment programs require a smaller investment, starting from about $100,000. To obtain a Malta passport, one must contribute a minimum of €690,000, so it is one of the most costly but also one of the most desirable citizenships.
If you want to get new citizenship as soon as possible, consider applying for other CBI programs, for example, St Kitts and Nevis or St Lucia. Acquiring a Maltese passport is a lengthy process that lasts at least 1 year. Moreover, you will need to actually live on the territory of the country and maintain your resident status.
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Checking that investor’s funds are legal and that all immigration conditions are met. This stage is necessary to ensure that applicant’s documentation will be accepted.
The application will go through a rigorous due diligence process. Maltese police will have to ensure that the applicant and their family members have had no criminal convictions.
Before applying for citizenship, you will have to reside in Malta for 1 or 3 years, depending on the investment amount. Wealthy Expat, with the help of our lawyer, will prepare all the necessary documents for you and your relatives to get the residence permit.
You will select the most suitable investment option depending on how long you plan to reside in Malta. Whether you choose to buy or rent a property, our team will help you find the perfect home.
The Community Malta Agency conducts the due diligence process: they do a thorough background check of the applicant. Children under 12 y.o. do not have to go through this procedure.
The federal government agency reviews the investor's application at this stage. After the verification procedure, it informs us if the applicant’s request is approved or denied. If some documents were updated in 1 or 3 years, they must be resubmitted.
After receiving approval, the investor fulfills the chosen investment condition. It must be done within 4 months.
Our client obtains Maltese citizenship. Any applicant older than 6 y.o. must collect their passport personally in Malta.
One of the conditions to obtain Malta citizenship is to buy or rent a residential property in Malta. The real estate you buy must cost not less than €700,000. If choosing to rent, you will need to spend at least €16,000 for a lease per year.
If you wish to avoid spending your time looking for a suitable option, we are ready to help you with that. Wealthy Expat experts will help you to find a property that meets your needs.
Getting a Maltese passport is not only rewarding but also demanding. You will need to go through a rigorous process of applying, submitting documents, going through due diligence, searching for property, and more. It is crucial that you follow all the steps correctly.
The Wealthy Expat team will study your case, meticulously prepare all the documents, and streamline the process of acquiring your new citizenship.
We get thousands of questions from readers monthly, here are the most frequent ones.
Investors cannot rent out their property for 5 years after obtaining Maltese citizenship since it contradicts their intention to be a country resident.
No, you cannot buy it. You can only obtain it for exceptional services by direct investment into the country’s economy.
The minimum time required is one year. Plus, you will need a few more months to go through all the legal procedures.
You can only return the money invested in real estate that was purchased. It is possible five years after becoming a citizen. The minimum amount you must pay when buying real estate is €700,000.
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