Citizenship by Investment

Malta Citizenship by Investment

Acquisition of Maltese Citizenship for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment (MESDI)

12 to 36 months
Citizenship receiving time
Main Contribution
Investment type
EUR €600,000 - EUR €750,000
Investment amount 
Family Members Inclusion
Passing Citizenship to Future Generation
187 incl. USA
Visa free countries
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Malta Citizenship by Investment
Malta Citizenship by Investment

Welcome to the Malta Citizenship by Investment program, or formerly known as the Malta Citizenship for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment, where your dreams of obtaining Maltese citizenship can become a reality. Obtaining a European citizenship is an extraordinary journey that opens doors to a world of opportunities and privileges. The Malta Citizenship by Investment Program is a prestigious initiative designed to cater to individuals and families seeking an exceptional path to acquiring Maltese citizenship. It stands as a testament to Malta's commitment to welcoming global investors and contributing to its vibrant and diverse community. 

Through this citizenship path, you can enter one of the most stunning and culturally diverse countries in the mediterranean sea as well as step foot inside European soil. Applicants must fulfill the conditions outlined by the program in order to start this thrilling trip. A minimum investment of €600,000 is the essential requirement, while there are certain exceptions for individuals who are willing to invest more in the long run. In case of being ready for a direct investment of €750,000 only a 12 months residence period is required aiming for the fast track option that the country allows. 

Malta's dual citizenship policy is one of the major benefits of the Citizenship by Investment Program in Malta. This implies that you can maintain your present citizenship while applying for Maltese citizenship. For people who want to profit from Maltese citizenship while still preserving ties to their native country, this flexibility is particularly appealing. Depending on the funding method you choose, getting a Malta passport can cost different amounts. The costs and investment possibilities can change depending on the family size applying for citizenship with the main applicant.

Key Benefits of Malta Citizenship 

Malta has a wonderful safety record and a low crime rate, making it a top place to call home. There are many benefits to becoming a citizen of the Republic of Malta. Along with the security and stability Malta offers, you'll encounter a strong sense of community that embraces variety and develops a deep sense of belonging. 

Malta Citizenship by Investment
Malta Citizenship by Investment

Visa-Free travel to USA, UK and within Schengen area

Enjoy visa-free travel to the +187 countries all over the world including the United States of America, United Kingdom, as well as the entire Schengen Area with a Maltese Citizenship. Beyond the EU zones and Northern America, you can freely travel to most of the Asian continent as well as the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, with only one passport.

Freedom of Settlement in EU and EEA

The freedom to travel, work, invest and live anywhere on the territory of any European Union  (EU) Member State and the European Economic Area (EEA), is granted to every of its citizens, as well as to their family members. Without a residence card, Maltese nationals are allowed to stay in EU and EEA nations for up to 90 days over a 180-day rolling term. These procedures have been facilitated for EU citizens and therefore straightforward and hassle-free. 

High-Quality Healthcare Access 

Maltese citizens have access to extensive medical insurance packages that provide high-quality treatment. These programs provide free screenings and first-rate care at reputable clinics and hospitals. To guarantee that residents get the best medical treatment, free drugs are easily available.

Dual Citizenship Opportunity in Malta

Malta accepts dual citizenship, allowing investors to become citizens of Malta without giving up their previous citizenship. This regulation is applicable when the investor is able to simultaneously have Maltese and original citizenship since their home country permits dual citizenship.

Business Opportunities within EU 

The opportunity to start businesses in any member state of the European Union (EU) is offered to Maltese citizens. This unique possibility opens the door for company growth into a global market, enabling business owners to function more effectively on a global scale.

Access to the Public Education Sector 

Due to lower costs for schools and higher education institutions, Maltese individuals benefit from cheaper educational costs. Additionally, Maltese individuals are not required to get student residency permits in order to study in any EU member state, which streamlines the procedure for overseas education.

The requirement to Obtain Citizenship in Malta through Exceptional Services by Direct Investment

Main Applicant 

The Main Applicant must be over 18 years of age.

Family Members

Children including those from previous marriages, may be included in the citizenship application. Children must be unmarried, and dependent on the investor.

The program allows adult children to be included in the citizenship application up to the age of 29.

Parents: People applying for citizenship may additionally include their parents who are older than 55.

Investment Amount 

To be eligible for Maltese citizenship, applicants must fulfill distinct criteria encompassing residency, property engagement, direct financial investment, and philanthropic contributions. The updated stipulations are as follows:

Starting with indicating the preferred residence option in Malta for an established period of thirty-six (36) months is mandatory. Nevertheless, there exists an exceptional circumstance where the duration may be reduced to a minimum of twelve (12) months. This exception is contingent upon a noteworthy direct investment of either €600,000 or €750,000 respectively, completed before the issuance of the naturalization certificate, however only after the application was approved in principle by the government.

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Undertaking an extraordinary direct investment in Malta, adhering to the regulations outlined in the Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services (S.L. 188.06). It is important to note that the 600k or 750k exceptional investment contribution follows only after the application has been approved in principle by the government. This contribution serves as a crucial step in the process and must be completed before the final issuance of the naturalization certificate.

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Acquisition of an immovable residential property in Malta valued at no less than €700,000.

Alternatively, the option to lease a residential immovable property in Malta, necessitates a minimum annual rent of sixteen thousand euros (€16,000). The leased property must be deemed suitable for the applicant and their dependents, with maintenance extending for a minimum period of five (5) years from the certificate of citizenship issuance.

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A Charity to NGOs of no less than ten thousand euros €10,000 is required, directed towards a registered non-governmental organization or society engaged in philanthropy, culture, sports, science, animal welfare, art, or any other entity endorsed by the Agency. This donation must be fulfilled before the certificate of naturalization is issued.

At Mirabello Consultancy we do not wait for the end of the residency deadline to reach to finalize all the forms for citizenship, however we do act efficiently and prepare all necessary formalities while spending time in the country. More specifically, we start right after you provide your biometric information to Malta and receive your residency permit.

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About Malta

Malta is a stunning island nation and a vibrant center for business, geographically situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. This charming location is a top investment site because it provides easy access to profitable markets in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The growth of the Maltese economy is being fueled by a number of important industries that draw FDI from abroad. The maritime, service, manufacturing, and financial industries are among them. Malta offers a favorable environment for entrepreneurs and investors alike, emphasizing business-friendly regulations and a talented workforce.

Malta's extraordinary quality of life, in addition to its economic potential, is what makes it unique. The country has a pleasant climate, friendly population, and an astonishingly low crime rate, ensuring a secure environment for citizens and investors. Malta's beauty and attractiveness are evident, whether you're considering making it your primary house or a second home. Furthermore, Malta has great connectivity, with established air routes making it easy to get to and from the island. Its allure as a vacation and business destination is increased by its accessibility.

Capital
Valletta
Total Area
316 km2
Population
516,000
History
The first villages formed in 5,000 BC
Language
English and Maltese
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Receiving Process

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Process of Receiving Maltese Citizenship

Step 1:  Appointing an Agent

Opt for a reputable and experienced partner to assist you in navigating the Malta citizenship application process from start to end. The expertise of Mirabello Consultancy attorneys play a pivotal role in ensuring a smooth and successful journey. Furthermore, Mirabello Consultancy will assess each applicant’s eligibility by conducting a preliminary due diligence before the process begins.

Step 2: Residency Application

Entirely assisted by Mirabello Consultancy you will first prepare everything required in order to obtain a legal residency status in Malta. Once the administrative process is completed and the right property is rented locally, all adult applicants need to travel to Malta to provide biometric data and personally apply for their residency. Two weeks later the residency cards will be issued and shipped to the applicants.

Step 3: Eligibility Application

After the residency status is validated, Mirabello Consultancy experts are going to actively work on the eligibility application preparing all requested government forms and supporting documents and legalizing them according to the country's satisfaction. The eligibility application pack will be submitted remotely to the governmental agency, Community Malta Agency. The governmental agency will now conduct an enhanced due diligence on each applicant and return back to us with further clarifications requests or its final decision. Exercise patience as this may take up to 6 months time

Step 4: Approval in Principle

The most important milestone is reached and the government has communicated the approval to all applicants. Now it is the Main Applicant (Investor) part to fulfill the citizenship criteria for the Investment, namely the exceptional contribution (EUR 600,000 or EUR 750,000) in addition to the Charity Donation, and 5 year promise to continue renting or purchasing a property in the country. Mirabello Consultancy will help you get everything done during the first year of residency. 

Step 5: Obtaining Approval and Securing Citizenship

Once all the investment parts are done, the Agency will confirm its satisfaction and invite the main applicant and the family to the country for the official naturalization ceremony and collection of their new travel and identification documents (Passports and ID cards). 

FAQ

Clear and crisp answers to some burning questions you may already have

Can I retain my original citizenship when obtaining a Malta passport?

Yes, you can retain your original citizenship when obtaining a Malta passport. Malta allows dual citizenship, meaning individuals can hold citizenship in more than one country at the same time. This offers advantages such as maintaining ties to your home country and facilitating travel and business opportunities.

What is the minimum investment required for real estate in Malta?

The minimum investment requirement for real estate in Malta is now at least €700,000 EUR; it reflects a significant change in the eligibility criteria for the Acquisition of Citizenship for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment . It's important for potential applicants to be aware of these updated investment thresholds and to consult with experienced legal professionals to ensure they meet the current requirements when considering such investments for Maltese citizenship.

Are there any language requirements for obtaining a Malta passport?

There are no specific language requirements to apply for a Malta passport through the Acquisition of Citizenship for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment Program. It's crucial to remember that language requirements might change over time, and it's possible that the program's requirements have changed since then.

We advise contacting the trusted Agencies such as Mirabello Consultancy and talking to our legal and immigration experts who specialize in Maltese citizenship applications if you want to learn more about the language requirements and more for getting a Malta passport. 

What are the documents that I need to present when obtaining citizenship in Malta? 

A comprehensive set of documentation is required throughout the application process for the Malta citizenship by investment program. These records serve to support the information about the applicant and the family, a duty handled on behalf of applicants by their representative agents. Mirabello Consultancy provides assistance to investors acquiring Malta citizenship.

Application for a Residence and Citizenship consist of the following main documents:

  1. Electronic Identity Registration Form: Providing essential personal information.
  2. Image Capture Application Form: Capturing biometric data.
  3. Rental Declaration Form: Documenting the applicant's place of residence in Malta.
  4. Health Insurance Documentation: Ensuring adequate healthcare coverage.
  5. MRQ Form: Collecting health-related information, completed by a medical professional.
  6. Declaration for the Submission of the Citizenship Application: An official statement of intent.
  7. PDFEE Form: Document providing information about family, education, and employment.
  8. SSFW Form: Declaration of Income, Net Worth, and Source of Funds.
  9. Declaration of Business and Corporate Affiliations: Disclosing professional affiliations.
  10. Declaration of Tax Residency Jurisdiction: Reporting tax residency status.
  11. Dependency Declaration: Verifying dependents.
  12. De-Facto Partner Declaration: For partners in a de-facto relationship.
  13. More Documents are needed depending on the applicants personal situation.

Is the Malta passport a European Union passport?

Yes, a Maltese passport is indeed a European Union (EU) passport. Malta is a member state of the European Union, having joined the EU on May 1, 2004. As a result, Maltese citizens are also EU citizens, and they enjoy the rights and privileges associated with EU citizenship. This includes the ability to live, work, study, and travel freely within the EU member states, as well as access to various social benefits and protections afforded to EU citizens. The possession of a Maltese passport grants individuals the advantage of EU citizenship, making it a valuable travel and identity document within the European Union.

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