Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation and Registration

Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation and Registration

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Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation or Registration can be granted to a non-Maltese person, provided that this person satisfies a number of criteria as stated in the Constitution of Malta and the Malta Citizenship Act (Chapter 188 of the laws of Malta). 

Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation

To be able to apply for Maltese citizenship by naturalisation, one of the following conditions must be satisfied:

  • A former citizen of Malta;
  • Born abroad to Maltese parents who are returned migrants;
  • Born in Malta, and hold foreign citizenship, and at least one of the parents is a citizen of Malta;
  • Born to parents who were non-Maltese but one of whom or both subsequently acquired Maltese citizenship;
  • Born abroad and is a Maltese descendant;
  • Maltese citizens or parents, who have authority over a minor may apply for a certificate of naturalisation, on behalf of the said child.

Malta Citizenship by Registration

To be able to apply for Maltese citizenship by registration, one of the following conditions must be satisfied:

  • Wife/husband of a citizen of Malta who have been married for at least 5 years and on the date of application are still married and living with the Maltese spouse;
  • Wife/husband of a citizen of Malta who on the date of application are still married, but separated de jure or de facto, provided that the spouses lived together for at least 5 years after the celebration of the marriage;
  • Widow/widower of a citizen of Malta;
  • A former citizen of Malta;
  • Son/daughter born prior to 21st September 1964 of a female born in Malta and who became or would have become, but for her death, a citizen of Malta on the said date; 
  • Son/Daughter born abroad between 21st September 1964 and 31st July 1989 of a Maltese mother, who at the time of the birth of the child was a citizen of Malta;
  • The direct descendant, second or subsequent generation, born abroad of an ascendant who was born in Malta whereby one  of the  parents of the said ascendant was also born in Malta.

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