|Under the Regulations, applicants may obtain citizenship of Malta upon the completion of a three-stage process, consisting of:
1: The Residency Stage
2: The Eligibility Stage
3: The Citizenship Stage
|01||THE RESIDENCY STAGE
|Applicants must first apply to the Community Malta Agency (through an authorised agent) for residency in Malta. Residency status is initially issued for 36 months, and applicants aged 18 and over must hold residency status in Malta for at least 12 months to submit an application for citizenship.
It is expected that the timeframe from submission of a residency application to the issuance of the relevant e-residency card is 15 working days.
1: The main applicant must select a licensed agent, who will submit the residency application and ensure relevant payments are made to Community Malta Agency on behalf of the main applicant.
2: Once the application and payments are received by Community Malta Agency, it performs Tier 1 due diligence on the main applicant/dependants and requests a first law enforcement clearance.
3: Community Malta Agency then contacts the agent to inform the main applicant/dependants that they must attend a biometrics appointment and, potentially, an interview within six months of clearance.
At the residency stage, the following costs apply:
|Part payment of non-refundable investment deposit|
|Main applicant ||€10,000|
|Main applicant ||€5,000|
|Main applicant ||€27.50|
|Before completing the residence requirement, and in general within 12 months of the issuance of the residence card, the main applicant must apply through the same agent for an eligibility assessment with the Community Malta Agency.
If the main applicant passes the eligibility assessment and completes the residence requirement (12-36 months or 36+ months), then he/she can apply for citizenship.
1: Upon receiving the application for an eligibility assessment, Community Malta Agency issues a formal receipt (including a payment request voucher) within two working days.
2: Upon receipt of the relevant fees due at this stage, Community Malta Agency performs Tier 2 due diligence on the main applicant/dependants. Further due diligence fees may be required at this stage.
3: Community Malta Agency then performs Tiers 3 and 4 due diligence.
4: Finally, Community Malta Agency presents the application and its due diligence conclusions to the Minister.
After receiving the Minister’s final decision on whether to grant citizenship to the main applicant/dependants,
5: Community Malta Agency reports the decision to the main applicant’s agent via a letter of approval. A letter of approval for eligibility is expected to be issued within 120–150 calendar days of payment of the fees due at this stage.
At the eligibility stage, the following fees apply:
|Due diligence fee|
|Each dependant (aged 12+)||€10,000|
|At this stage, the applicant must make the relevant investment, the total cost of which differs according to how long the applicant resided in Malta under the residency stage. Upon completion of this stage, the main applicant/dependants receive citizenship of Malta.
| Cost and Fees
The following costs and fees apply:
|Exceptional Direct Investment|
|Main applicant (36+ months residency)||€590,000|
|Main applicant (12-36 months residency)||€740,000|
|Real Estate Investment|
|Purchase an immovable residential property in Malta having a minimum value of||€700,000|
|Take on a lease of a residential immovable property in Malta for a minimum annual rent of||€16,000|
|Donation to a registered philanthropic, cultural, sport, scientific, animal welfare or artistic non-governmental organisation or society, or as otherwise approved by the Community Malta Agency||€10,000|
The following dependants may be included in an application under the Regulations:
(1) at the time of application submission and approval in principle are:
(2) at the time of application submission, are at least 18 and with a disability as defined in the Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act