Malta citizenship by investment — officially called the Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment process (MEIN)— is a prestigious citizenship by naturalization program. It grants citizenship by a certificate of naturalization to expats and their families who contribute to the nation’s economic growth. This happens following a 36-month (or, by exception, 12-month) residence period.
In this detailed guide to Malta Citizenship by Investment 2021, we cover the following:
- Benefits of the program
- Eligibility criteria
- Investment requirements
- Residency requirements
- How to apply
Your guide to citizenship by investment in Malta
Citizenship by investment is when individuals obtain nationality in a country by making an investment, usually in real estate or government bonds. In Malta, citizenship by investment can only be obtained when the applicant makes a combination of investments in the country. These investments include a direct, non-refundable investment, a property investment, and a philanthropic donation.
Note that each application goes through a strict due diligence process, including detailed background checks. This ensures only the highest-quality candidates are selected for citizenship consideration. Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a cap of 1,500 applications, with no more than 400 successful applications per year, which are processed by The Community Malta Agency (CMA).
So if you’re planning on applying, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible for favorable results.