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Malta Citizenship by Investment Program

November 5, 2018
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Malta Passport By Investment (Malta Citizenship by Investment)

If you are in this section, this means you are looking for a unique strategy to safeguard your future prosperity and security. 

The Malta Citizenship by Investment Program is the first EU approved citizenship program offering second citizenship options to families wishing to relocate their personal or business affairs to an EU country.

This program could be the solution to every query you have.

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  1. What is the Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP)?
  2. What are the benefits of Malta Citizenship by Investment?
  3. Eligibility Criteria for Malta Citizenship by Investment
  4. Malta Citizenship Investment Requirements (Cost)
  5. Malta Citizenship Application Process

What is the Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP)?

It is an exclusive program designed by the Maltese Government for granting Citizenship by Investment. You, your family and your business can benefit from this opportunity.
Through the MIIP, when you obtain the Malta passport, you not only become a Maltese citizen but also gain the legal right to European Union (EU) and Schengen area.
Simply put, you would be in possession of one of the best passports in the world.
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What are the benefits of Malta Citizenship by Investment?

Maltese Citizenship by Investment has both immediate and long-term benefits.
We thought we’ll make it simpler for you and compile them in a list.


  • Base your business in the European Union’s fastest-growing economy;
  • Opportunity to unlimited access to the European Union (EU), the world’s largest economic zone;
  • Benefit from the tax-efficient system for both personal and corporate;
  • Total freedom of capital and income movements;
  • Make the most from endless investment options in a stable and booming real estate market.


  • Gain one of the world’s most powerful passports;
  • Easily travel to 182 countries including the USA, Canada and Australia. So no more visa application hassles;
  • Travel without border checks across 26 Schengen visa countries. That means you require no passport checks and no customs checks.


  • Protect your family legacy by passing on citizenship to future generations. Even if they are born outside of Malta they can attain citizenship by descent;
  • Secure your children’s future through a world-class education system;
  • Access to leading health care institutions; and
  • Relax in what has been voted as one of the safest countries in the world;


  • You can opt to live, work, study and set up business in all the 28 EU states along with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • Gain settling rights in the following European countries;
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Czech Republic
Faroe Islands
Macedonia (FYROM)
San Marino
United Kingdom
Vatican City
With the Malta Individual Investor Program, you become a Maltese citizen by naturalization process.  


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Malta Passport By Investment

One of the most powerful rights that Malta Citizenship by Investment offers is that of Freedom of Settlement.

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So how does the Malta citizenship application process work? Let us dive deeper and explain,

Eligibility Criteria for Malta Citizenship by Investment

For you to be eligible for the Malta Individual Investor program you must meet several obligations, namely:
  • Be 18 years of age, or older;
  • Pay and invest in the funds as detailed below;
  • Show the minimum residency requirement as detailed below;
  • Have medical insurance that covers you globally;
  • Have a clean criminal record;
  • Not be considered a potential national security risk;
  • Not having a reputational risk; and
  • Not subject to criminal proceedings.
Next, we will tackle the topic which poses important concerns;
Malta Citizenship Investment Requirements (Cost)

Malta Citizenship Investment Requirements (Cost)

Citizenship by investment (Individual Investor Program) has a specific fee structure.
You are NOT required to pay the entire amount in one go.
The fees structure is divided into different sections, namely:
  1. Contribution Fees;
  2. Due Diligence Fees;
  3. Passport Fees and Bank Charges;
You will be required to pay the amounts at different stages of the application.
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Malta Citizenship Investment Requirements (Cost)
Contribution Fees
  • Main applicant: €650,000;
  • Spouse: €25,000;
  • For each and every child below 18 years of age: €25,000;
  • For each and every unmarried child between 18 years of age and 26 years of age: €50,000;
  • For each and every dependent parent above 55 years of age: €50,000.
Property Requirements (Qualifying Property)
  • Acquire a property in Malta having a minimum value of €350,000 and retain it for a period of at least 5 years; OR
  • Lease property in Malta for a minimum annual rent of €16,000 and retain it for a period of at least 5 years.
Investment Requirements
  • Invest in Malta an amount of at least €150,000, in amongst other stocks, bonds, debentures, special purpose vehicles, or other investment vehicles as may be identified from time to time, and retain the investment for at least 5 years.


Residence Requirements

The main applicant must prove that he has been a resident of Malta for a period of at least 12 months, preceding the issuance of the naturalisation certificate.
As you can see, all large amounts are paid after you receive the Letter of Approval in Principle.
This makes the Malta IIP a fair process with minimal investment risk.
To find out how much IIP will cost you,
Eligibility Criteria for Malta Citizenship by Investment

Malta Citizenship Application Process

(Get your Malta Passport in just over 12 months)

The application process to acquire Maltese Citizenship is very stringent; taking around 12 months to complete. It starts with the submission of an e-Residence Application and ends with the issuance of a certification of naturalisation.
(Expand below to learn more)
So, all in all, it will be fair to say that the entire Malta citizenship process takes about 55 weeks to complete, post which, you are issued with the Malta Passport.
Below is the graphical representation of the Malta citizenship application process.
Malta Citizenship Application Process  Step 1 - Eligibility Criteria and Documentation Wahaat ensures eligibility of the applicant and takes care of the documentation and preparation of all the required documents.  Step 2  - Residency Permit  An application for the residency permit is submitted to start the 12-month residency requirement for citizenship. Your physical presence is required for biometrics.  Step 3 - Application Submission Post the Malta Police Approval, Initial Background checks followed by Compliance Approval and exhaustive Due Diligence Process, the application is submitted to the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency (MIIPA) along with payments due. It takes approximately 21 weeks from step 1 to step 3.  Step 4 - Application Process After a 120 days review period, MIIP confirms if the documentation submitted is formally in order, subject to further investigative due diligence. Once your due diligence process is satisfied an approval letter is issued by MIIPA. It takes about 39 weeks from step 1 to Step 4.   Step 5 - Contribution Fees Settlement A formal request is issued whereby you are required to settle the contribution (fees mentioned below) within 20 working days. It takes about 52 weeks to reach this step.   Step 6 - Investment Requirements  Here you have to provide evidence of qualifying property investment, portfolio investment, health insurance and genuine links. Monetary requirements for the same are mentioned below under the investment requirement section. The professional team of experts at Wahaat can help you in gathering all that is required at this stage.  Step 7 - Oath of Allegiance After all the IIP obligations are fulfilled, you along with your family members will be invited to take an Oath of Allegiance in Malta.  Step 8 - Certificate of Naturalisation and Maltese Passport Application The Government of Malta issues the Certificate of Naturalisation and the processing of Maltese Passport Application reaches its final stages.  So, all in all, it will be fair to say that the entire Malta citizenship process takes about 55 weeks to complete, post which, you are issued with the Malta Passport.
Malta Citizenship by Investment Application Process

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs')

What are the tax implications of obtaining citizenship in Malta?
Answer: Tax is a complicated subject in any country so we’ll highlight the most relevant parts.
  •  After you attain citizenship it doesn’t mean you become tax resident;
  • If you eventually spend a lot of time in Malta and have multiple links you might become tax resident. However, even if you do become a tax resident it doesn't necessarily mean you will be taxed on your worldwide income.
  • This is because tax resident only foreigners are NOT liable to pay tax on any foreign capital gains even if remitted to Malta;
  • In the case individual would be deemed a tax resident tax would only be due on:
    • income/capital gains arising in Malta, and
    • foreign income, but excluding accumulated capital, if received in Malta.
  • So, most likely the impact of taxation after obtaining citizenship in Malta is likely to minimal or nothing at all.
In the event, you take deliberate steps to become domiciled in Malta different rules apply.
Our professional tax advisors can assist you in clarifying any matters that might be of concern to you.
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Does Malta allow for Dual Citizenship?
Answer: YES, If you take up Malta Citizenship by Investment, you can hold both newly acquired Maltese citizenship along with your foreign countries citizenship. As per Maltese law, you can become a dual citizen.
However, your country might have different regulations or restrictions on dual nationality.
Detailed information can be found here.
How much time do you need to spend in Malta in order to qualify? Does the one-year residence requirement mean that I need to spend 365 days in Malta?
Short answer; You do not need to spend 365 days in Malta but let us explain further.
A week or so after you commence the process you will be issued with a Maltese residency card. The residency card is valid for 18 months. With this card, you can now cross the internal borders of all Schengen countries.
From the time of application to the granting of citizenship in Malta, there is quite a lot of documentation to process.
You will also be required to be in Malta from time to time for things like signing documentation; bio-metrics; undergoing a medical check-up; sitting down with the notaries and lawyers etc.
What is expected of you is to generate substantial links with Malta for you to be regarded as a resident. We will discuss these links with you in our first meetings and submit a request to the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency for approval of these links, which would also include an element of physical presence.
While you are free to come for one long-stay, you would most likely split this into multiple trips.
Please note that the residency period has NO relation to tax-residency so you don’t need to worry about this.
What does Qualifying Property mean?

Answer: Under the IIP a qualifying property means the acquisition of real estate with a minimum value of €350,000 to be held for at least 5 years; or the lease of residential immovable property in Malta for a period of 5 years, at an annual rent of at least € 16,000.


What does Qualifying Investment mean?

Answer: This means €150,000 value in debt or equity securities listed on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange. Investment in these securities may also be achieved through an investment in collective investment schemes that are licensed and are on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange.

Such investment is to be retained for a period of 5 years following the granting of the naturalization certificate.


What is the requirement for Health Insurance?
Answer: Evidence of possession of Health Insurance in respect of all risk (for a cover of at least €50,000) worldwide except for the United States and Canada (except for emergency purposes) for the applicant and all his/her dependents.

Such an insurance policy is to be retained indefinitely.


Malta as a country is attracting a wealth of talent and economic prosperity.
It's not only attracting investors from the EU but also from all over the world.
Malta's stability and fast-paced development are making it a new hub for growth and business opportunities.
This program can offer you and your family the settlement and growth rights not only in Malta but 28 other EU countries. You and your family will have a passport which is yours for life and therefore worth every penny that is put towards it.
More high net worth individuals are evaluating their options to invest in migration to expand their business horizons.
We hope this guide to Malta Citizenship by Investment will help you in the near future.

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