Overview of Malta’s Citizenship-by-Investment Programme

The Maltese Exceptional Investment Naturalisation (MEIN) allows individuals to gain citizenship in Malta following a period of residency.

As Malta is a member of both the European Union and the Schengen Zone. Citizens of Malta are therefore entitled to live, study and work indefinitely and without restriction in all the countries of the EU and can travel freely across the Schengen zone.

Holders of the Maltese passport can travel to 186 countries either visa-free or with a visa on arrival.

The minimum investment amount is €738K if the applicant has been a resident for 36 months.

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Investment

Invest €738,000 (after 36 months of residency) or €888,000 (after 12 months of residency) in Maltese property.

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Visa-Free Travel

Visa-free movement across all EU and Schengen zone countries.

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Fast Procedure

14-38 months from the time the application is duly submitted with all the supporting documentation.

Key Features

  • Dual citizenship is permitted.
  • Visa-free or visa on arrival to 186 countries.
  • Attractive, strategically located place to live in and conduct regional business, or as a second home for regular holidays.
  • The right to live work and study without restriction in Malta and all other EU member states.
  • Spouse, dependent children under 29 years old, parents over 55, and grandparents can be included in the same application.

 

Financial Criteria

  • Property in Malta worth a minimum of €700,000 that is held for a minimum of 5 years following naturalisation.
  • A direct investment of €600,000 after 36 months of residency or €750,000 after 12 months of residency to the National Development and Social Fund.
  • An additional €50,000 for the inclusion of a spouse or partner.
  • An additional €50,000 for every unmarried dependant under the age of 29.
  • An additional €50,000 for every parent and grandparent over the age of 55 who are financially supported by the initial applicant.
  • A €10,000 donation to a charity approved by the Community Malta Agency.
  • Government due diligence fees: €15,000 for the initial applicant, €10,000 for dependants over and including the age of 13, and €15,000 for benefactors.

Personal Criteria

  • Minimum age 18  years.
  • A clean criminal record.
  • Good health.
  • Must be a legal resident of Malta for 3 years (or 1 year in special cases).
  • Global Health Coverage during the residency period.
  • Must not have been denied a visa to a country that has a visa-free travel agreement with Malta.

Step-by-Step Application Procedure

Initial Due Diligence

Community Malta Agency due diligence checks.

Submit Your Application

Submit your application alongside evidence of your 36 months of residence in Malta and any other relevant documents.

Finalise Your Investment and Donations

Applicants who are approved after stringent due diligence checks can proceed with the qualifying investment, property acquisition, and donation as required. Successful applicants then receive their naturalisation certificate.

About Malta

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Geography

The Republic of Malta is a Mediterranean archipelago consisting of three islands: Malta (the largest), the small island of Gozo, and the largely uninhabited Comino. It has a total area of 316 sq.km.

 

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Population and Language

Malta has a population of 460,000. The official languages are Maltese and English.

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Tourism

As a popular tourist destination, Malta received some 1.6 million tourists a year – more than three times its resident population.

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Education

The educational system in Malta is based on the British model and is tuition free for citizens

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Health Care

The country has a history of providing publicly funded or subsidised health care.

Malta Factsheet

Continent: Europe

Population: 502,653

Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic

Capital: Valetta

Language: Maltese, English

Currency: Euro

Total Area: 316 km²

Time Zone: Central European Time

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