Malta offers both a citizenship by investment programme and residency by investment or golden visa programme.
Citizenship by Investment Malta
Malta’s Citizenship by Investment route, now known as the Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment, is aimed at ultra-high net worth individuals. Individual investors must make a minimum contribution of €600,000 to the national development fund set up by the government and prove 36 months of residency. Alternatively, there is an expedited route which requires a contribution of €750,000 and evidence of 12 months residency. Investors must also contribute €50,000 per each additional dependent included in their application. In addition to the contribution, investors must also invest a further €700,000 into residential real estate or enter into a rental agreement at a minimum value of €16,000 p.a. which must be maintained for five years. A compulsory donation of €10,000 to a registered philanthropic, cultural, sport, scientific, animal welfare, or artistic non-governmental approved organisation or society is also required.
The benefits after one to three of years residency are citizenship and a Maltese passport. This in turn grants European citizenship with the ability to live, work and study anywhere in the EU.
Malta Citizenship by Investment Benefits
The Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme offers considerable benefits for those who spend a period of residency in Malta to acquire naturalisation. The Maltese passport is one of the strongest in the world for visa-free travel and Maltese Citizenship means not only residency in Malta but citizenship within Europe allowing the holder of Maltese citizenship and their family to live and work anywhere within the European Union.
- Strong passport offering visa free travel to 198 countries and territories worldwide
- Citizenship of the EU. Ability to live, work and study anywhere within the European Union
- Strict Due Diligence vetting which ensures only the highest quality of successful applicants
Malta Golden Visa: Permanent Residency Programme (MPRP)
The Maltese Permanent Residency Programme (MPRP) grants permanent residency rights to international investors who make a government contribution of €98,000, plus a mandatory charitable donation of €2,000 to a Maltese registered NGO, plus application fees. Asides from the initial contributions, applicants will also need to enter a property rental agreement for a minimum of €10,000 p.a. for five years. The programme offers a stable, low-risk investment route to gaining a residency visa in an EU Schengen country. There is also no minimum stay requirement for residency.
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Malta Golden Visa Benefits
The Malta Golden Visa programme namely the Malta Residency by Investment (MPRP) offers a low-cost permanent residency option for families seeking residency within a European country. It is particularly attractive to investors looking to include several generations under one application. It allows for the main applicant’s spouse along with dependent unmarried children of any age and also for the parents or grandparents on either side of the family.
- Low-cost permanent residency within Europe
- Full family including children and grandparents
- Visa-free travel throughout Europe