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Citizenship of Malta

In the heart of the Mediterranean Sea

Citizenship of Malta

In the heart of the Mediterranean Sea

About the Program

Malta is the smallest EU country in size and population. Nonetheless, Malta has a substantial historical and cultural legacy spanning over 7,000 years. Malta is a neutral state in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, which is well-respected and is a member of the Commonwealth. Malta has one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe and top GDP growth ratings in the EU. Malta is truly a unique and exciting place to do business, offering favourable legislation and a competitive tax system.

Citizens of Malta travel to almost 190 countries visa-free including the USA, Canada, and EU. Maltese passport allows applicants the right to live, work, and study in all the EU countries.

The Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment Program has been existing since 20 November 2020 and is the newest citizenship by investment program in the world. This renewed program allows qualifying investors to apply for citizenship after 1 or 3 years of residency, depending on the value of the investment.

This program offers the fastest route to citizenship of the European Union. Qualifying investors are required to make a non-refundable contribution of €600,000 (citizenship granted in 3 years) or €750,000 (citizenship granted in 1 year) into the Government fund. Additionally, a donation of €10,000 to a Maltese non-profit charitable organisation is required. Finally, investors can choose to either buy property in Malta for a minimum fee of €700,000 or rent for €16,000 per annum for 5 years.

Naturalisation for exceptional services by direct investment in Malta is capped at 400 approved applications per year and 1,500 applications in total.

* Licence Number: AKM-AGEN-21

Benefits of Malta Citizenship

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Over 180 countries visa-free including the USA, and Canada

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Ability to live, work, and study in any EU country

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No tax when living outside of Malta

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Fast process of receiving EU сitizenship in around 14 months

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One of the most affordable citizenship by investment programs in the EU

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Dual citizenship is permitted

Investment Options

To qualify for Maltese citizenship by investment, the main applicant has to contribute at least €650,000 to the National Development and Social Fund of Malta. Additional contributions would be required from other family members of the main applicant (see the table below).

Additionally, applicants are required to either purchase a property in Malta valued at €350,000 or alternatively rent a property for €16,000 per year for 5 years.

Lastly, applicants are required to invest at least €150,000 in Government approved Bonds / Shares listed on the Malta Stock Exchange and keep this investment for a minimum of 5 years.

Number of applicants Contribution into the fund Real estate investment (lease/purchase) Donation in non-profit organisation Due diligence fees Malta ID card fees Administrative fees
€600,000/€750,000 €80,000/€700,000  €10,000 €15,000 €5,000  €6,000
€600,000/€750,000  + €50,000 spouse €80,000/€700,000  €10,000 €15,000 + €10,000 spouse €5,000 + €1,000 spouse €6,000 + €2,000 spouse
€600,000/€750,000 + €50,000 spouse and each dependant €80,000/€700,000  €10,000 €15,000 + €10,000 spouse and each dependant €5,000 + €1,000 spouse and each dependant €6,000 + €2,000 spouse and every dependant
€600,000/€750,000 + €50,000 spouse and each dependant €80,000/€700,000  €10,000 €15,000 + €10,000 spouse and each dependant €5,000 + €1,000 spouse and each dependant €6,000 + €2,000 spouse and every dependant
* Other payments will also be required, such as passport and bank fees, GLS service fee and others.

Requirements

  • No previous criminal record
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have a legitimate source of wealth
  • Good character
  • Have available the required investment funds
  • Good health

Who else can be included in the citizenship application:

  • Spouse of the main applicant
  • Dependent children of the main applicant and spouse below 18 years old
  • Children below 29 years old who are financially dependent on parents, and not married
  • Parents of the main applicant and spouse over 55 years old who are financially dependent on the main applicant

Application stages

  • Initial consultation

    Free initial consultation with one of the GLS experts

  • Program information and due diligence check

    Detailed fee schedule and a free of charge preliminary due diligence check

  • Client agreement

    Signing of the client agreement with GLS Private Office

  • Maltese residence permits

    GLS experts will assist you with the whole procedure of the documents’ preparation to obtain Maltese residence cards

  • Residence permit application

    Submission of the documents for residence permits

  • Citizenship application preparation

    We will assist you in preparation and submission of your citizenship application in 1 or 3 years after you obtained your Maltese residence cards

  • Processing of citizenship application

    Once your citizenship application has been submitted, we will keep you updated on its progress

  • Pre-approval

    Once we receive your pre-approval, you will be required to complete your investments

  • Application approval and visit to Malta

    Once you have completed all the necessary investments and passed all the due diligence checks, you will be required to come to Malta and take the Oath of Allegiance

  • Maltese citizenship

    At this stage you will receive your Maltese citizenship and will be issued with a Certificate of Naturalisation

  • Maltese passport

    We will assist you with the acquisition of your Maltese passports. Once the passports are ready, we will deliver them to you

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Malta

Capital:
Valletta
Area:
316 km2
Population:
494 000 people
GDP:
US $12,54 billion
Language:
Maltese, English
Independence from Great Britain:
1964
Main islands:
Malta, Gozo, Comino

F.A.Q.

Is dual citizenship allowed with Maltese passport?
Yes, citizens of Malta can have dual nationality.
Is it required to visit Malta at any point during the preparation of the documents stage, or after the receipt of passports?
Yes, there is such a requirement. Speak to GLS team to find out more.
Citizens of which countries cannot apply for Maltese citizenship?
Citizens of the following countries are currently not eligible to apply: Afghanistan, Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen.
What is the maximum number of dependants that can be included in the application?
Unlimited number of dependants can be included in the application.
Does Maltese citizenship have a period of validity?
No, Maltese citizenship is granted for life and can be even acquired by future generations.

Contact Us

GLS Private Office offers global lifestyle solutions to established business people and their families. GLS operates as a one-stop-shop and is a single point of contact for wealthy families with a global mindset. The company takes care of every need of its globally-minded clients: from obtaining a second citizenship/residence by investment to finding the best schools for children’s education, global property acquisition, succession planning and many more. Ancillary services provided by GLS are limited to the extent of a client wish. Anything that can be priced, qualified, and quantified, we are ready to research, negotiate and manage.

Contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible

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