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Benefits of the Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme Include:

Visa free travel to more than 160 countries in the world
Live, work, study in any of the 28 EU countries
Enjoy the neutral, safe and stable economic and political climate Malta has to offer

The Investment Required

Main applicant: €650,000; spouse: €25,000; for each and every child below 18 years of age: €25,000; for each and every unmarried child between 18 years of age and 26 years of age: €50,000; for each and every dependant parent above 55 years of age: €50,000.
Acquire a property in Malta having a minimum value of €350,000 and retain it for a period of at least 5 years; or Lease a property in Malta for a minimum annual rent of €16,000 and retain it for a period of at least 5 years.
Invest in Malta an amount of at least €150,000, in amongst other stocks, bonds, debentures, special purpose vehicles, or other investment vehicles as may be identified from time to time, and retain the investment for at least 5 years.
The main applicant must prove that he has been a resident of Malta for a period of at least 12 months, preceding the issuance of the naturalisation certificate.

Application Requirements

The applicant is at least 18 years of age.
The applicant commits himself to make the contribution determined.
The application needs to be accompanied with the due diligence fee, the bank charges and documentation.
The applicant commits him/herself to build genuine links with Malta.
The applicant commits him/herself to invest, amongst others, in stocks, bonds, debentures, special purpose vehicles or to make other investments as provided from time to time.
The applicant must meet the application requirements.
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Minimum Eligibility Criteria

A proper background verification of the applicant and his dependants over the age of 12 years is conducted on all applicants of the Malta citizenship by investment programme.
A police certificate issued by the police Authorities where the applicant has resided for a period of more than 6 months during the last 10 years.
The applicant and, or any of his dependants are not individuals indicted before an International Criminal Court or who appeared at any time before an International Criminal Court.
For Malta citizenship by investment, the applicant and, or any of his dependents, shall not be persons listed with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) at the time of application.
The applicant and, or any of his dependants is not, or may not be a potential threat to national security, public policy or public health to be eligible for the Malta Individual Investor Programme.
The applicant and, or any of his dependants shall not be an individual who, at any time, had pending charges related to crimes of terrorism, money laundering, funding of terrorism, crimes against humanity, war crimes, or crimes that infringe upon such Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
The applicant and, or any of his dependants shall not be an individual who at any time was found guilty, or, at the time of the application, is being interrogated and suspected, for any criminal offence to be in a position to apply for the Malta individual investor programme.

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Malta Citizenship by Investment FAQs

Application – General Queries
+ Who can apply for citizenship under the IIP?
To qualify under the regulations for Malta citizenship by investment programme, any person that is at least 18 years of age and satisfies the requirements set by the law may qualify to apply as a main applicant.
+ Which are the necessary qualifications and requirements that applicants must satisfy to be approved as Maltese citizens under the IIP?
Applicants must meet the application requirements, undertake to make a contribution, commit themselves to provide proof of a residential address in Malta, commit themselves to invest in Malta and to fulfill the general requirements under the programme. These are further specified in FAQ section titled 'Further Requirements'.
+ Can the Maltese citizenship be revoked?
Once granted the Maltese citizenship is deemed permanent, provided that the ongoing requirements are maintained. There are, however, grounds for the deprivation of citizenship which include fraudulent acquisition of citizenship, concealment of facts and disloyalty towards Government.
+ Who is the Approved Agent?
The Approved Agent is a person that has been authorised to act as an intermediary firm by Identity Malta (the body regulating the IIP).
+ Which are the eligibility criteria that have to be fulfilled for an application under the programme?
The following must be satisfied;
  • Proper background verification of applicant;
  • A police certificate issued by the Malta police and the competent authorities in the country of origin;
  • Applicant may not be listed with INTERPOL;
  • Applicant may not be a potential threat to national security, public policy or public health;
  • Applicant may not be suspected or found guilty of a crime punishable with more than one year imprisonment.
+ Which are the checks that are carried out on the applicants?
The checks made include public information checks, background verification reports and global government agency checks.
Necessary Documentation
+ Are there any documents or certificates which must accompany the application?
The prescribed due diligence and bank charges fees must accompany the application. Original or certified copies of the following must also be attached;
  • A certification from a reputable health system certifying that the applicant does not suffer from any contagious disease;
  • A police certificate;
  • Evidence that the applicant is fit and proper;
  • An undertaking to remit the total required contribution;
  • An undertaking to purchase or take on lease immovable property in Malta; and
  • An undertaking to make other investments.
Moreover, other necessary documents include;
  • Statement of Source of Funds and Wealth;
  • Bank Statement;
  • Photograph and Signature Certification;
  • Medical Report and Questionnaire;
  • Travel Document;
  • Birth Certificate;
  • Marriage/ Divorce certificate;
  • Evidence of comprehensive health insurance cover, amongst other.
+ In which languages can these documents be submitted?
Application Forms and accompanying documents shall be completed in English or accompanied by an authenticated translation if originally not so.
+ Do documents, or copies of original documents, have to be authenticated?
Documents must be authenticated by an apostille, or a validation of the certificate by a lawyer or notary public or by a validation of the certificate by a Maltese consular or Diplomatic representation.
+ What is the certification process and who may certify documents?
A duly licensed lawyer, a notary public, Maltese consular or Diplomatic Officer or a Senior Officer of the Concessionaire must see the original and certify the copy as a “true copy of the original”.
Further Requirements
+ What are the contribution requirements and payment that must be made?
Applicant NDSF Contribution Due Diligence Fees
Main Applicant €650, 000 €7,500
Spouse €25, 000 €5, 000
Children below 18 €25, 000 €3,000
Unmarried children between 18 and 26 €50, 000 €5,000
Dependant parent above 55 €50, 000 €5, 000
  Furthermore, each passport costs €500 and there is a €200 bank charge per application. Upon submission of the application, applicant must pay €10,000 which is a non-refundable fee. Applicants are also required to invest at least €150,000 in bonds or shares approved by the Government that must be kept for at least 5 years. Finally, property purchased must be, at least, valued at €350,000, or if leased, at least at €16,000 per annum.
+ Are these refundable?
The initial fee of €10,000 is a non-refundable deposit fee.
+ Are there any residency requirements?
Citizenship is only granted 12 months after establishing residence in Malta. Residence however, is not defined in our law.
+ When and how will a passport be issued?
A passport may be requested by obtaining and completing a separate form and after that the citizenship has been granted.
+ Which countries will then recognize the Maltese passport?
All countries will recognize the Maltese Passport. The Maltese Passport is recognized for Visa-free travel in more than 160 countries, including the United States and gives the right of establishment in the European Union countries.
+ Will naturalized citizens have voting rights?
Citizens who have resided in Malta for 6 months during the 18 month period preceding the election are entitled to vote.
+ Is it possible to hold dual citizenship after naturalization?
Malta recognizes double citizenship, however, other jurisdictions might impose restrictions.
+ Will any tax exemptions be applicable?
After the lapse of 5 years, if the property has been the owner’s sole and ordinary residence it will be tax exempt upon sale. If not, the final property tax rate of 12% will be charged. Furthermore, there will be no inheritance or death taxes, no estate duty, no net worth or wealth taxes and no municipal taxes, rates or real estate taxes.
Time Frame
+ How long will it take an applicant to obtain a certificate of naturalization?
  • Presentation of Application;
  • Within 90 days Identity Malta shall verify application as formally correct, verify information, background, source of funds and that due diligence fees, passport fees and bank charges have been paid as well as carry out appropriate risk weighting;
  • Within 30 days Identity Malta shall further review application and carry out background checks. It will then notify the concessionaire and the Approved Agent whether the application has been approved, delayed or refused;
  • Within 5 days from approval, the applicant shall be instructed to remit contribution (less initial non-refundable amount already received);
  • Within 20 days the abovementioned payment must be made.
The Minister shall issue a certificate of naturalization after a period which may range from 6 months to 2 years, provided proof of a 12 month residence is obtained.
+ Which are the key milestones in the process?
  • Receipt of application pack;
  • Initial payments to Identity Malta;
  • Formal Acceptance of application and documentation;
  • Issuance of Letter of Approval in Principle by Identity Malta;
  • Fulfillment of property and investment obligations;
  • Taking the Oath of Allegiance in Malta;
  • Minister issues the Certificate of Naturalisation;
  • Processing of Maltese Passport Application Form.

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