Highly Qualified Persons Rule ( HQP )

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The “Highly Qualified Persons Rule” has been launched in order to recruit the highest qualified professionals available worldwide, as a measure to attract top talent and skills in the financial services, remote gaming and aviation sectors.

Highly Qualified Persons Rules ( HQP ) – Tax Planning for High-Income Earners  

A Tax Residence Programme to attract foreign talent to Malta.

Malta introduced a specific Tax Residence Programme, the “Highly Qualified Persons Rule” with the sole aim and purpose of recruiting the highest qualified, experienced and senior professionals available over the globe, as a measure to attract top talent and skills in the financial services, remote gaming and aviation sectors.

This scheme was introduced by virtue of L.N. 106 of 2011 and prolonged to these other sectors by the Legal Notice 141 of 2018.

What are the main requirements to benefit from the Highly Qualified Persons Rule?

Senior employees that occupy positions with companies licensed by the MFSA (Malta Financial Services Authority), the MGA (Malta and Gaming Authority) or the Authority for Transport in Malta (TM), might be eligibile for the Highly Qualified Persons Rules programme. 

As a business and investment hub, Malta’s success in the financial services, iGaming and aviation industry depends on securing top talented managers, directors and CEOs and regulated entities depend on the ability to attract and recruit highly qualified, experienced and senior professionals available worldwide.

Senior Positions, or “Eligible Office” in the financial sector and iGaming industry, means employment in, for example, one of the following positions, amongst others:

  • Actuarial Professional
  • Aviation Continuing Airworthiness Manager
  • Aviation Flight Operations Manager
  • Aviation Ground Operations Manager
  • Aviation Training Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • Chief Insurance Technical Officer
  • Chief Investment Officer

Also, the income would need to be a minimum of EUR75,000 which is adjusted annually according to the Retail Price index.

In practice, this means that the minimum income (based on the Retail Price Index published by the National Statistics Office) must exceed €84,991 for the year 2019.

The Highly Qualified Persons Rule: The Benefits

Applicants taking up residence in Malta through The Highly Qualified Persons Rule will benefit from a flat tax rate of 15% up to a maximum income of EUR5M. Any excess on the said sum is exempt from tax.  

An HQP applicant will have to submit a prescribed form (endorsed by the relevant authority) to the local tax authorities together with his/her tax return.

How we can help you?


With over 30 years of experience in the corporate and financial services industry in Malta, CSB Group is commited to provide top-notch services to Private Clients worldwide. CSB Group, has been providing Investment immigration services to High-Net-Worth families since the inception of these programmes.

Our team will guide you through the process of applying for the Highly Qualified Person rule status and we would also be able to give you further tax advice and support.

Need our assistance with the Highly Qualified Persons Rule?

Key Contacts

Andres Gutierrez

Investment Immigration Consultant

Malcolm Ferrante

Senior Manager Business Development



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