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To bring foreign investments, talent and expertise into the country, the Maltese government launched its citizenship by investment program. Maltese citizenship is offered to wealthy foreign citizens of reputable standing and their dependents in exchange for their contributions into the local economy.
Funds received through the citizenship program are used in the public interest, e.g. for the advancement of education, research, innovation, social purposes, justice and the rule of law, employment initiatives, the environment and public health.
Malta is a high-income advanced, innovation-driven economy offering foreign investors a lot of benefits in exchange for their investment in the country.
Apart from making a required investment the applicant must also comply with the following criteria:
Foreign nationals, before applying for naturalisation, need to obtain an EU residence card under the Malta Residency and Visa Program. It can be used as a stand-alone opportunity for those that wish to be residents without becoming citizens, or it can be obtained to get a Maltese passport in a year’s time.
The residence certificate is issued indefinitely. It will be monitored annually for the first five years from its issue, and every five years thereafter. It means that applicant will need to visit Malta to renew it every year for the first 5 years and then once every 5 years.
Investment consists of three parts: government contribution, purchase/lease of a property and purchase of approved financial instruments. There are other fees and charges involved.
To qualify for naturalisation in Malta, the Government requires the main applicant and their dependants to make the following contributions:
The main applicant must invest in an immovable residential property in Malta:
Such property may not be let or sublet but must be retained by the applicant for at least 5 years from the date of acquisition or lease.
Applicants must make another investment of €150,000 in government bonds or other approved funds to qualify for a Maltese passport. Such investments must be retained for no less than 5 years.
It takes 1-3 weeks to obtain a residence card and a certificate of naturalisation is granted after 1-year residence requirement is met.
Step 1: Book an appointment with one of our specialists and sign client agreement.
Step 2: We apply for a residence permit.
Step 3: We prepare and submit all forms and documents for citizenship.
Step 4: Due diligence and background checks (applicant must fulfil 1-year residence requirement during this period)
Step 5: Approval of the application and making required investments and contributions.
Step 6: Naturalisation.
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