Malta Citizenship by the Individual Investors Program

Malta Citizenship by Investment may be given under an amendment passed in November 2013 to the Maltese Citizenship Act, Chapter 188 of the Laws of Malta. These amendments provided the framework for the enactment of LN 47 of 2014. The “Individual Investor Programme (IIP) rules provide for wealthy persons of unblemished standing and repute to be naturalised and to receive Maltese citizenship on the basis of a donation to and investment in Malta.

Qualification for Malta Citizenship by Investment

The main candidate may also add to a citizenship application his/her spouse, children and parents or grandparents, under certain requirements, to benefit under the Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme. Beneficiaries under the Global Residence Programme may also moreover apply for citizenship under this Programme. The Maltese IIP allows for the granting of citizenship by a certificate of naturalisation to overseas individuals and their families who contribute to the economic progress of Malta.

To qualify under the directives of this programme, a Main Applicant for citizenship must be at least 18 years of age and must meet the follow demands:

  • Donation to the National Development & Social Fund
  • To access the Maltese citizenship program, main candidats must be represented by Authorised Registered Mandataries and are required to donate €650,000 to Malta. Of this donation, 70 per cent will go into a National Development and Social Fund to be set up by the Government of Malta and to be run by a board of trustees on the lines of the Sovereign Wealth Fund in Norway. The rest will go to the consolidated fund.
  • Wifes/husbands and children of candidates for Malta citizenship are required to donate €25,000 while unmarried children between the ages of 18 and 25 and dependent relatives will also be given citizenship on the basis of a donation of €50,000 each.

Property Purchase or Rental

Candidates are required to make an investment in property of at least €350,000 or enter a property rental contract for at least €16,000, both on at least five-year contracts.

Investment in Bonds/Shares

Candidates are required to buy at least €150,000 in bonds or shares in Malta to be kept for five years. This ventures will need to be made in stocks sanctioned by the government as beneficial to the country. The total investment to be made by candidates for Citizenship by Investment would be of €1.15m.

‘Fit and proper’ Test

Candidates will undergo a “fit and proper test” to show they are in good standing and repute. The Government of Malta is committed to the highest level of due diligence to ensure only reputable candidates are allowed to proceed for the Maltese citizenship. A four-tier due diligence procedure is carried out that will assess applicants and process applications subject to Governmental aprobation. Candidates must demonstrate a clean criminal record, with checks being conducted with the International Criminal Court, INTERPOL and various other sources and authorities. Applicants must provide a police certificate also.

Good Health

Applicants must show they do not suffer from a contagious disease.

Malta Citizenship Rights

Malta has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and part of the Schengen Area since 2007. Citizenship under this programme grants the rights of full citizenship and access to all investment opportunities in Malta and throughout the European union open to Maltese and European Union citizens.

Malta Citizenship Application Process

Applications for Maltese Citizenship by Investment are to be made to and processed wholly by Identity Malta. Applicants must be represented by an Accredited Person that is a licensed Maltese Authorised Registered Mandatory (ARM). The programme imposes more responsibilities on Authorised Registered Mandataries to ensure the highest standards of quality are maintained throughout the application process, for the protection and benefit of applicants and the reputation of the Maltese citizenship by investment programme.

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