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Malta Citizenship By Investment

The Republic of Malta is a historic southern European nation located in the Mediterranean Sea. For what Malta lacks in size, it more than makes up with culture, heritage and beauty. Nestled among its rugged coves and rolling hills are chic harbour towns, ancient temples and historic cathedrals. The island comes to life in the summertime, with a calendar crammed with carnivals and festivals hosted all around its scenic coastline.

Malta is one of a handful of European countries offering a citizenship by investment programme that is both highly respected and expedient. Known as the Malta Individual Investor Programme (Malta IIP), the Programme is the first European citizenship by investment programme to be recognized by the European Commission. The Malta IIP was designed for ultra-high net-worth individuals wishing to obtain full rights of citizenship in an EU country.

How to apply for Maltese citizenship

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be in good health, and pass the ‘fit and proper test’ showing no criminal record. Malta conducts thorough due diligence to ensure that only stellar applicants are granted naturalisation. Spouses, children below the age of 18, unmarried children between the ages of 18 and 26, and dependent parents may also be included in the application.

The process of applying for citizenship is rigorous and requires diligent preparation in order to gather all the information needed. Application timelines can vary and be difficult to predict, although they usually depend on how easily an applicant can access the required documentation, as well as the complexity of the application as a whole. We generally advise clients that it will take 1 year to obtain citizenship of Malta from the time an application is submitted to the Government.

The process may be simplified into the following steps:

Step 1: Application preparation and pre-approval by CS Global Partners.

Step 2: Citizenship file submission.

Step 3: Maltese Government processing of the application and due diligence checks.

Step 4: Approval in principle.

Step 5: Contribution to the National Development and Social Fund.

Step 6: Within 4 months of approval, investment in both real estate and financial instruments.

Step 7: Completion of residence requirement.

Step 8: Citizenship certificate issued; passport application and issuance.

Investment Options

The Malta IIP requires applicants to make a contribution to the National Development and Social Fund, an investment in Government-approved financial instruments to be held for at least five years, and a property purchase or rental to be maintained for five years. Finally, applicants and their families must hold a residence status in Malta for a period of twelve months immediately preceding the day their certificate of naturalisation is issued.

1. The National Development and Social Fund

Applicants must make a minimum contribution of €650,000, plus a €25,000 contribution for any spouse and minor children, and a €50,000 contribution for any dependent children aged between 18 and 26 and any dependent parents above 55 years of age.

 2. Real Estate

Applicants must also commit to retaining a residence in Malta for a period of at least five years, either through the purchase of a property, for which the minimum value must exceed €350,000, or through the leasing of a property, for which the minimum annual rent must exceed €16,000.

3. Government-Approved Financial Instruments

Finally, applicants must make an investment of €150,000 in Government-approved financial instruments, such as bonds or stocks, which must be maintained for a minimum period of 5 years.

Every applicant, including spouses and dependants, must pay due diligence fees. These fees may be broken down as follows:

€7,500 for the main applicant
€5,000 for a spouse
€5,000 for each dependant aged 18 – 25 years and aged 55 years and over
€3,000 for each dependant aged 13 – 18 years

Benefits

As a citizen of Malta you can take advantage of a range of personal benefits which include:

  • Life in stable, well-respected, and neutral country that belongs to the Commonwealth of Nations, and whose political system is based on the British parliamentary system

  • Citizenship for life, with the right to live and work in the country

  • A low tax regime, with no net worth, gift, and inheritance tax. Moreover, citizens of Malta who are not domiciled in Malta are taxable on a remittance basis only.

  • A low tax regime, with no net worth, gift, and inheritance tax. Moreover, citizens of Malta who are not domiciled in Malta are taxable on a remittance basis only.

  • The opportunity to maintain dual citizenship if so desired

  • The option to establish oneself in any one of the 28 European Union member states, as well as Switzerland

  • Visa-free travel to more than 166 countries and territories, including the United States, Canada, the entire European Union, and the Schengen Area

The benefits of the Malta IIP include:

  • A reliable and efficient application procedure

How we can help

CS Global Partners has been officially authorised by the Government of Malta to promote its Citizenship by Investment Programme across the globe.

At CS Global Partners we understand that applying for an alternative citizenship can be a complex and daunting process. This is why we make the application process as easy for our clients as possible.

We offer the following standard services:

  • A dedicated relationship manager as your single point of contact throughout your application.
  • Professional guidance on the application procedure and support throughout the process.
  • Documentation preparation and validation.
  • Representation on your behalf before the Government.
  • Management and resolution of any legal queries related to the application.
  • Additional services available on request for clients wishing to utilise our partner network to support their application, including the following:
    • Concierge services
    • Property investment and advice
    • Notary Public services
    • Relocation assistance
    • Translation services
    • Tax planning
    • Medical services
    • Trust planning
    • Banking services
    • Fiduciary services

The Law

The Malta IIP came into being with the Maltese Citizenship Act amendments of 2013 and the Individual Investor Programme of the Republic of Malta Regulations, 2014. It received approval by the European Union, and grants rights of establishment in every EU member state.

Why choose Malta?

Malta is one of the hidden gems of the Mediterranean. The sunkissed European hotspot offers plenty of charming seaside towns and historical cities to explore alongside its shimmering blue seas, including its UNESCO-listed capital city Valletta and the medieval stronghold Mdina. Having been a strategic naval base for centuries, history oozes from the country’s every pore. Archaeological wonders and historical sites are scattered across the island, dating back as far as 6,000 years. Beyond its fascinating past, Malta has become a popular scuba diving destination and also boasts a flourishing nightlife scene.

Malta became independent from the British Empire in 1964, whilst remaining a constitutional monarchy under Queen Elizabeth II. It became a republic in 1974, but it continues to hold membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. Malta is also a member of the European Union and of the Eurozone, a party to the Schengen Agreement, and a member of the United Nations. Malta presents a strong economy which was largely unaffected by the recession, a high standard of living, and a safe environment.

Geography

The Republic of Malta is an archipelago of 21 islands located in the Mediterranean Sea, less than 100 km south of Sicily and around 300 km north of Libya. Only the three largest islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino – are inhabited. Malta covers just 316 km², and with a total population of around 400,000, it is one of the world’s most densely populated countries. The country has two official languages: Maltese and English.

Malta enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers. Rainfall usually occurs within the winter months, while the summer months remain largely dry. Among all European capital cities, Valletta enjoys the warmest winters with average temperatures of around 16°C in the daytime.

Getting to Malta

Malta International Airport is the only airport serving the archipelago of islands. Located just southwest of Valletta, the airport occupies the location of the former RAF Luqa. The airport currently welcomes direct flights from Dubai, the UK, Germany, Russia and a wide range of other European, Middle Eastern and North African destinations.

Economy

Malta has a largely industrialised, serviced based economy that is classified as advanced by the International Monetary Fund. The nation’s strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea at a crossroads between Europe, North Africa and the Middle East has helped its economy to grow. It also boasts a fully developed open market economy, a multilingual population and low corporate tax.

The economy is dependant on foreign trade, electronics manufacturing, financial services and tourism. However, Malta has great potential for solar and wind power, so renewable energy is an industry that has been underlined for further economic growth.