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Being a small country in size or shape does not mean being small in spirit, heart or ambition. There is a saying which says that “everything good comes in a small package” and Malta is the living proof of it.

Malta – A leading economy in the EU  

Investing in the Hidden Gem of the Mediterranean.

A member of the European Union since 2004, Malta may be the smallest economy in the euro-zone but has the heart of a giant. Having weathered the euro-zone crisis thanks to a low debt-to-GDP ratio and a tax and business-friendly approach, it has done much better than most heavyweight European titans.

Malta is at the vanguard of the Financial Services industry in what regards to licensing of Financial Institutions, Electronic Money Institutions (EMI) and Payment Service Providers (PSP).

Also, and as a result of the thriving economy, the Real Estate market is also experiencing high and steady growth. With double-digit growth in 2018 and reputed as the worlds fastest-growing housing market this albeit small country with the heart of a giant can satisfy any investment appetite – including more traditional ones.

And if that wasn’t enough, Malta achieved a GDP growth of a staggering 6.4% in 2017 and 6.2% in 2018. The International Monetary Fund has placed Malta second among all the countries in the world regarding the largest economic growth forecast for 2019. Moreover, and according to the 2019 EU Commission Winter Forecast, this will be the fastest-growing economy in Europe in 2019 and 2020 with a growth rate expected to be 3 times as much as the rest of the EU.

As said before – a small country with the heart of a giant. A big giant.

Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP) – an investment with invaluable returns

Having said that, Malta’s value proposition is more than history, tradition, opportunity and growth. Glueing all the above together – and more – Malta has state-of-the-art Investment Immigration schemes which can either grant residence or citizenship by investment after passing the most stringent and a high standard 4-tier due diligence process.

The Malta Citizenship by Investment Program, technically known as the Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP), which was open for applications until the 30th September 2020, aimed to attract to its shore applicants from all over the world which are of the highest standard, not only willing to become citizens by investing in a country but people that appreciate and understand what the Maltese flag and the Maltese Cross represents.

The Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP) is regulated by the Maltese Citizenship Act and the Individual Investor Program of the Republic of Malta Regulations, 2014. Applications are submitted to the Maltese Individual Investor Program Agency (MIIPA), and all successful applicants are granted with a Certificate of Naturalization in return for their contribution to the economic development of Malta, as provided in such regulations.

A revised Malta Individual Investor Programme

On the 20th November 2020, the Maltese government has released the new expedited route for Citizenship by Investment in Malta. Formally known as Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment, is commonly referred to as the Maltese Exceptional Investor Naturalization (MEIN) procedures.

The Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment is regulated by the Maltese Citizenship Act (CAP. 188) and the Legal Notice 437 of 2020.

Advantages of the Maltese Exceptional Investor Naturalization (MEIN) procedure

Applying through of the Maltese Exceptional Investor Naturalization (MEIN) procedures creates a clear win-win situation for both the country and the discerning eye of the applicant who not only can see the opportunity but also appreciates history and tradition. By becoming a Maltese Citizen, applicants receive a wealth of intangible benefits, such as:

  • Freedom of movement within over 160 countries (EU, UK and US included) and right to live and work within the EU;
  • A European base for families and business in a European Union country, member of the Commonwealth with a strong local workforce and international mindset; and
  • Citizenship for the entire family that may be passed on to future generations.

A sound and smart investment – what does this involve?

All of the above intangible and invaluable benefits can be accessible by making a sound and smart investment in a booming EU economy.

Applicants can call themselves proud Maltese Citizens and have the right to apply for a passport, once the Application submitted by the Approved Agent, which undergoes a stringent due diligence process, has been approved by the relevant Maltese authorities and the applicant has made all the relevant qualifying investment in the island.

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