Citizenship in Malta

Since February 2014, the Republic of Malta has started the citizenship programme by investment for foreigners.

Citizenship in Malta allows investors and their family members to become sound EU residents with all rights including the right of free travelling across and permanent residence in all EU states. The process of obtaining a Maltese passport takes around 6 to 24 months.   

Advantages of the citizenship in Malta

  • Unique official EU programme that allows obtaining citizenship within such a short period of time according to clear-cut criteria
  • Visa-free entry to more than 160 countries, including the EU states, the USA and Canada
  • Allows dual citizenship
  • Citizenship to all family members, including a spouse, children under 26 years and parents above 55 years
  • Permanent residence, study and work opportunities in all EU states for all family members
  • Social security (study, medicine) along with other EU citizens
  • Tax advantages for investors-residents of Malta

Conditions for obtaining citizenship

To obtain Maltese citizenship an investor has to meet all below-mentioned requirements:

  • To make contribution to National Development and Social Fund starting from EUR 650 000 (depends on the number of family members);
  • To purchase and retain a property in Malta for a period of at least 5 years, for which the minimum value must exceed EUR 350 000 or to lease a property, for which the minimum annual rent must exceed EUR 16 000. Property can be used only for investors’ and their family members’ residence and it cannot be leased out; 
  • To invest at least EUR 150 000 into shares and mutual fund bonds, approved for this programme by the government;
  • An investor has to hold resident status in Malta for a period of twelve months immediately preceding the day of submitting the citizenship application.

At present, the programme has limitations: it is expected that Maltese passports will be issued to 1 800 investors, besides there is a list of countries, whose citizens cannot apply for citizenship in Malta by investment.

Additional information

Should you require additional information, please contact your private bankers or arrange an appointment for a personal consultation.