175

visa-free countries

€600,000

minimum requirement

16-18

months processing time

Malta Citizenship by Investment is a stable CBI due to its high due diligence standards.

Moreover, with its pro-business government, creating a company in Malta is straightforward. Additionally, Malta’s legislation and tax system are amongst the most favourable in Europe.

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A Maltese passport is like an insurance policy. With it, you can protect yourself against turbulence in your home country. Furthermore, if there is another pandemic, Mediterranean Malta makes for a perfect hideout.

Benefits of Malta

Malta has been a member of the EU since 2004 and, moreover, the Schengen Area since 2007. It enjoys a stable political climate with a low risk of financial instability.

Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta, furthermore, enjoys a laid-back island lifestyle, an average of 300 days of sunshine, and the lowest violent crime rates in Europe.

With a Maltese passport, you'll be able to enjoy visa-free travel to 175 countries, including the UK and the US, significantly.

Malta is a country where violent crime is conspicuous by its absence. Therefore, it's an excellent place to raise families.

Who Can Get Malta Citizenship

  • Over 18 years old
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Be of good character
  • Have a clean bill of health

  • Over 18 years old
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Be of good character
  • Have a clean bill of health

  • Under the age of 29
  • Unmarried

  • Over 55

Maltese Exceptional Investor Naturalization Requirements

To apply for Malta Citizenship by Investment, you must fulfil ONE of the following investment options AND other requirements:

OPTION 1. Malta Exceptional Investor Naturalization (MEIN) in 12 Months

The first citizenship-by-investment option is to obtain residence in Malta for 12 months and pay €750,000. You will then need to buy residential real estate in Malta worth at least €700,000 or rent a residential property in Malta with an annual rent of at least €16,000.

In addition, you will have to pay the following due diligence fees:

  • €15,000 for you
  • €10,000 for your spouse
  • €10,000 for your dependants aged 13 years of age and over.
OPTION 2. Malta Exceptional Investor Naturalization (MEIN) in 36 Months

The second citizenship-by-investment option is to obtain residence in Malta for a period of 36 months and pay €600,000. Then you must purchase residential Maltese property worth at least €700,000 or rent residential real estate in Malta paying at least €16,000 a year.

There are the following due diligence fees:

  • €15,000 for you
  • €10,000 for your spouse
  • €10,000 for your dependants aged 13 years of age and over.
Other Requirements and Benefits

To apply for Maltese Citizenship by Investment, you must:

  • Maintain ownership or lease of this property for at least five years.
  • Make a contribution via an exceptional direct investment in Malta
  • Pay a charity donation of at least €10,000 to an approved philanthropic, cultural, sporting, scientific, animal welfare, or artistic NGO.

Benefits include:

  • You qualify for a European passport
  • You can take advantage of Malta’s state education and health system
  • You are not taxed on foreign income or capital gains outside Malta.

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The Latitude team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

The Latitude team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

Application Process

  • Month 1

    Client onboarding begins

    We commence our process with Form 1. This enables us to carry out the initial Latitude due diligence. Following the successful screening, we provide you with a Client Agreement (CA) to review and sign.

    After receiving the signed agreement and retainer payment, our case processing team will complete all necessary government forms and collate supporting documents. Additionally, we liaise with the Community Malta Agency (Aġenzija Komunita' Malta), which is the Maltese Government Agency overseeing Malta Exceptional Investor Naturalization (MEIN).

  • Months 2-3

    Residency Application and Securing a Residence

    A dedicated Relationship Manager (RM) will work with you on the residence application. If you don't have global health insurance that qualifies, we will obtain quotes locally for your coverage.

    To fulfill the application's residence stage, you will need to rent a property for a minimum of 12 months or purchase a property. This helps demonstrate genuine ties to the country, and most clients choose to lease a property at this stage.

    We also help coordinate your first visit to Malta and escort you to your appointment with the Community Malta Agency. Latitude Group provides advice on the days you must spend in Malta during the residency stage, allowing you to familiarize yourselves with the Maltese islands.

  • Months 4-5

    Maltese Citizenship Application

    Visit our Malta office to work on the citizenship application with your dedicated Relationship Manager (RM). Additionally, your RM schedules an appointment with a local notary to have the required supporting documentation certified in Malta. Furthermore, the RM will coordinate the necessary appointments about your application, such as with a local doctor, to facilitate the required medical forms.

  • Months 10-12

    Approval in Principle

    After receiving the Approval in Principle from the Community Malta Agency, you need to pay the contribution balance owing to the National Development and Social Fund. Subsequently, you must fulfill the remaining obligations, which include providing proof of property commitment and making a charity donation.

  • Months 16-18

    Oath of Allegiance and Passport Application

    The Maltese Government issues an invitation letter for you to swear the Oath of Allegiance. It's important to note that every family member 18 years of age and older must take the oath. Consequently, you will receive a Certificate of Naturalization.

    Following this, we will proceed with the passport application. It's worth mentioning that every family member six years of age and older will need to be present for the biometrics of their passport.

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to make an application for citizenship, you must have a minimum of 36 months of residency in Malta (12 months if investing in the larger sum option). Afterwards, once the Community Malta Agency has completed its due-diligence process, you are then able to submit the full Malta citizenship-by-investment application.

Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a beautiful island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, lying 95 km south of Italy. In addition to its gloriously warm climate and low crime rate, there are many other benefits to applying for the Malta Citizenship by Investment.

For example, one of the fantastic Maltese citizenship benefits is that it allows you and your family the right to work and study throughout the EU. Given that Malta has one of the fastest-growing economies in the EU, it is a favorable place for business. As well as that, children get access to Maltese public schools and universities.

A spouse or de facto partner, as well as children under 18 and dependent adult children who are under the age of 29, unmarried, and financially dependent on the main applicant, are eligible. Additionally, parents and grandparents over the age of 55 who are wholly maintained or largely supported by the main applicant qualify for the programme.

All applications for citizenship are thoroughly checked and assessed via due diligence checks. Following on from the success of these, applicants must:

  • Firstly, be older than 18 years old
  • Secondly, contribute at least €600,000 for a minimum residence period of 36 months or €750,000 for a minimum of 12 months
  • Thirdly, invest in property of at least €700,000, which must be held for five years, alternatively, the lease of a rental property for at least €16,000 per annum
  • Additionally, make a contribution of at least €10,000 to a specific organization approved by the Community Malta Agency
  • Lastly, obtain residence in Malta for at least 36 months (12 months by exception)

Your Maltese passport will be valid for 10 years. Subsequently, you can renew it for a further 10 years.

The Malta passport is among the world’s most powerful travel documents. At the moment, it ranks in the top 10. Importantly, the passport allows visa-free travel to 175 countries, including the European Union Schengen Area, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

The Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) differs to Maltese Exceptional Investor Naturalization (MEIN). Specifically, MPRP is a Residency by Investment. While you can live in Malta permanently and travel freely in the Schengen area, unlike with MEIN, you do not receive a Maltese passport.

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Our team operates in over 20 countries worldwide, securing second citizenship or residency in desirable locations and unlocking a brighter future.

  • Visa-free travel to 175 countries
  • 16-18 months application processing time
  • €600,000 minimum requirement

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