Malta Immigration 2022 | GCS

Malta is a spectacular country to live in with exceptional landscapes, friendly locals, freedom of speech, and property rights, there are many advantages to seeking residency or citizenship in Malta. Indeed, Malta immigration is open to high net worth individuals, and the pathway to residency or citizenship through naturalization by investment is fairly straightforward. 

If you are a resident or citizen of Malta you can enjoy all the perks of living in a European Union (EU) member country. With visa free access across the Schengen Area and the EU providing you with greater financial and personal freedoms for you and your family, Malta has proved to be a popular place for incoming investors. Indeed, obtaining a residence permit, permanent residence, or citizenship in France, Germany, or many other EU countries is much more difficult in comparison. 

In this article, we’ll provide you with important information on Malta immigration, including

  • How to immigrate to Malta in exchange for investment
  • A comparison of the different investment programs available to you
  • Non-investment options for Malta immigration
  • Opportunities for investors and the benefits of immigration to Malta

How to immigrate to Malta in exchange for investment

For investors thinking about immigrating to Malta in exchange for an investment, there are three options for you:

1.You can secure a residence permit for €30,000, provided you meet the criteria. 

2. You can obtain permanent residence under the Malta Permanent Residence Program (MPRP) for €120,000, provided you meet the criteria.

3. Citizenship by naturalization is granted for a minimum investment of €690,00 into the county’s economic development under the Malta Citizenship by Naturalization for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment (CES) program. This requires an exceptional direct investment + an investment into real estate + a philanthropic donation. To be eligible, the investor must have a clean criminal record, be over the age of 18, and prove the legality of the income and his or her financial viability while being ready to fulfill all the terms and conditions of the program. 

Alongside the investor, family members are also eligible. Family members include the primary applicant’s spouse, children, and parents. The children and parents must be financially dependent on the investor, and depending on the program certain age restrictions may apply. 

 

Family members who can obtain a status

For a residence permit: Spouse, children under the age of 25, parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters. 

For permanent residence: Spouse or de-facto partner, children under the age of 18, including adopted children, children over 18 and under 29 who are completely or largely dependent on the main applicant or spouse, children over 18 and under 29 who is considered a person with a disability, and a parent of the main applicant provided they are completely or largely dependent on the primary applicant or spouse.

For citizenship by naturalization: Spouse or de-facto partner, unmarried dependents under 18 years old, parents or grandparents who are fully dependent on the primary applicant. 

 

Comparison of conditions for investors

There are three different options for Malta immigration by investment. A comparison of the routes to permanent residence by investment and citizenship by investment in Malta can be found in the table below. Note that you will need to make three separate donations for the Malta Permanent Residence Program (MPRP) and the Malta Citizenship by Naturalization for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment (CES) Program.

ProgramStatus grantedEligibility conditions
Malta Global Residence ProgramResidence permitEconomically self-sufficient individuals who rent or own a permanent address in Malta are formally recognized as residents for tax purposes. The conditions are: (1.) a one-off administrative fee of €6,000 (2.) rent real estate worth €8,750 per year or purchase real estate worth €220,000, and (3.) annual payment of income tax (rate of 15%), with the first payment upon registration of status (4.) living in Malta is optional but you cannot spend more than 183 days in other districts.
Malta Permanent Residence Program (MPRP)Permanent residenceYou will need to make three donations (1.) a real estate investment consisting of a rental (12,000 minimum annual rent) or a purchase of at least 350,000, both of which must be held for a period of 5 years. (2.) a non-refundable contribution of  €28,000 if purchasing property OR €58,000 if renting property, and (3.) a €2,000 donation to a local NGO. If the investor opts for the property rental route, it’ll cost the investor €120,000 over 5 years (note: you can save 10k if investing in South Malta/Gozo). Alternatively, if the investor goes for the property purchase route, it’ll cost the investor €380,000 (note: you can save 50k if investing in South Malta/Gozo).

More information on the MPRP can be found in our article here.

Malta Citizenship by Naturalization for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment (CES)Citizenship by naturalizationYou must make three separate investments. (1.) Make an exceptional direct investment of a minimum of €600,000 or €750,000 for the main applicant, depending on the residence period selected (12 or 36 months). (2.) buy a residential property lease for a minimum of €16,000 per year for a period of 5 years or the purchase of a property for a minimum of €700,000 that must be kept for at least 5 years. (3.) Donate €10,000 to a registered sport, cultural, scientific, philanthropic, animal welfare, or artistic non-governmental organization or society as approved by the Community Malta Agency (CMA).

More information on CES can be found in our article here

 

Other ways to immigrate to MaltaGCS-Malta-immigration

There are other means to secure a resident permit in Malta, without having to invest in the country. Here we’ll run over some of the non-investment routes to Maltese residency. 

Note that for any type of residence permit, you will need to rent or purchase property in Malta so that you can indicate the registration address. 

  • Employment: A job offer or employment contract from a Maltese company is required for you to secure a Malta immigration work permit.
  • Enrollment at the university: A residence permit for students issued if they have been accepted to study at a Maltese university. 
  • Family reunification: If your spouse or another close relative is a Maltese citizen.
  • Run a business: Some permits support entrepreneurs if you want to run a  business in Malta. Note that there are fairly high requirements for this.
  • Highly skilled worker: If you are a non-EU citizen, you can secure residency through the Malta skilled immigration pathway. 

 

Opportunities for Investors 

Investing in Malta provides high net worth individuals with a wide range of benefits, from increased mobility to a favorable tax regime. 

Key benefits of Maltese statuses:

  • Visa-free travel to the EU and Schengen area: visit 170 countries visa-free, including Japan and the UK.
  • Live, study, and work in Malta: opportunities to live, study and work in Malta and the EU. 
  • Attractive return on investments: Dynamic real estate market with returnable rates.
  • Favorable tax regime: preferential tax rates.
  • Excellent travel opportunities: excellent air and sea connections to Europe, Africa, and Asia.
  • English-speaking country: a strong, reputable network of international schools and universities.
  • Quality of life: high performing economy, rich culture, and history.
  • Health system: Very good national healthcare system for residents.
  • Personal freedoms and sustainable development are highly regarded in Maltese society.

 

How we can help you

Moving to any country can be difficult, and investors can encounter many unexpected difficulties when applying for citizenship or residency. This is why it is a good idea to have a trusted expert on hand to provide you with personalized assistance throughout the process. 

Global Citizen Solutions are residency and citizenship specialists, offering a service that is tailored to your specific needs and requirements. Our team of experts will work diligently from start to finish to ensure that you have a successful application. Professionalism and integrity are at the core of all we do. 

A specialist can help you with the following:

  • Provide you with someone that you trust that will work solely on your behalf.
  • Reduce the hassle associated with the application and the application process.
  • Have insider knowledge and years of experience in the market.
  • Minimize the number of visits you will need to make to the designated country.

Let’s kickstart your application to obtain Maltese residency or Maltese citizenship by investment today. Or if you are still undecided on which route to take contact us today.

If you are looking to retire to Malta you can see our complete guide to retiring in Malta.

Frequently asked questions about Malta immigration:

How can I immigrate to Malta?

For Malta immigration, you can invest in the country to secure a residence permit, permanent residency (under the Malta Permanent Residence Program (MPRP)), or citizenship by naturalization (under the Malta Citizenship by Naturalization for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment (CES) program). A residence permit will cost you €30,000, provided that you meet the requirements. 

Residency by investment is granted if you make three donations (1.) a direct investment, (2.) a non-refundable contribution of  €28,000 in purchasing property OR €58,000 if renting property, and (3.) a €2,000 donation into a local NGO. If the investor opts for the property rental route, it’ll cost the investor €120,000 over five years (you can save 10k if investing in South Malta/Gozo). Alternatively, if the investor goes for the property purchase route, it’ll cost the investor €380,000 (save 50k if investing in South Malta/Gozo). 

Citizenship is granted by naturalization if you make the following donations (1.) Make an exceptional direct investment of a minimum of €600,000 or €750,000 for the main applicant, depending on the residence period selected (12 or 36 months). (2.), buy a residential property lease for a minimum of €16,000 per year for a period of 5 years or the purchase of a property for a minimum of €700,000 that must be kept for at least 5 years. (3.) Donate €10,000 to a registered sport, cultural, scientific, philanthropic, animal welfare, or artistic non-governmental organization or society as approved by the Community Malta Agency (CMA).

Non-investment routes to residency include being employed by a Maltese company, studying in a university in the country, having a spouse or other close relative that is a Maltese citizen, or running a business in Malta. 

Malta government immigration information can be found here on its website.

Is it easy to migrate to Malta?

Getting residency can be difficult as it is a respected program with a four-tier due diligence process to ensure only high-caliber individuals and their family members are accepted. This ensures the legitimacy of the investors that are welcomed to Malta. You will need to ensure that you follow the government of Malta immigration procedures and confirm your eligibility. 

The CMA (Community Malta Agency) is the Malta immigration office responsible for administering all citizenship-related matters in the country. The Central Visa Unit is the authority for the implementation of national visa policies.