In 1539, these crusading knights persuaded Emperor Charles V to give them the island of Malta. He made them but one condition: They were to pay him, each year, the tribute of one falcon, in acknowledgment that Malta was still under Spain. Do you have any conception of the extreme, the immeasurable wealth of the Order at that time? –The Maltese Falcon
Program's overview and key advantages
The contribution consists of three parts:
€ 650,000 – a minimum non-refundable contribution to the government fund; € 150,000 – a minimum investment in government bonds; € 350,000 – a minimum investment in real estate (purchase) or € 16,000 per year – a property lease.
Maltese passport holders enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 184 countries, including USA, Canada and Australia, possibility to reside in the EU and Schengen countries, as well as the UK for 365 days in a year.
Low corporate and personal income tax and no taxes on
inheritance or gifts.
Maltese citizenship gives you any and all rights EU citizens have, including a right of establishment in all EU countries.
Application processing time takes around 14-18 months, though in some cases delays are possible.
Applicant is entitled to include his/her spouse, children under 26, parents, and grandparents aged 55 and over.
In accordance with the laws of Malta there are not any restrictions on dual nationality.
Lifetime citizenship is being granted, meaning citizenship may be passed to future generations.
All adult applicants must visit Malta, take the oath of allegiance and receive a certificate of naturalization.
There are not any tests if you obtain citizenship by investment.
Fort St. Angelo, Valetta
about Maltese CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAM
With an amendment carried out in November 2013 to the Maltese Citizenship Act, Malta offers high net worth individuals and their families worldwide the opportunity to acquire Maltese citizenship by investing in the Country. As a member of the European Union since 2004, becoming a citizen through investment in Malta grants you countless benefits – a quick and efficient process, freedom of mobility, and the chance to live in one of the sunniest, most respected EU Member States.
The Malta Individual Investor Programme offers affluent citizens of foreign countries (EU and non-EU) of impeccable standing and repute the opportunity to become Maltese citizens and therefore get a Maltese passport. The advantages of the MIIP are countless. By contributing to the economic and social development of the country, the Malta citizenship Programme grants successful candidates and their families a certificate of naturalization which opens the door to freedom of mobility.
The benefits of the Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme are extended to your family, descendants, and future generations. Indeed, the advantages of obtaining a Maltese passport can be passed to your parents and spouse, minor children, and unmarried dependent adult children aged less than 27 years old. Descendants are automatically entitled to Maltese citizenship thereafter.
Since 2007, Malta has been a member of the Schengen Visa Zone. Implemented in 1995, the Schengen agreement allows free movement of people between member countries by effectively removing border controls. Becoming a Maltese citizen by investing in the country will, therefore, allow you to live, work, study, and travel without going through border controls in all the 28 European countries + Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein (member of the EFTA – European Free Trade Association).
Moreover, successful candidates will enjoy VISA free travel to more than 168 countries including the USA and Canada. Once you have obtained a Maltese passport through investment, you and your family will enjoy the freedom of mobility for life, as you will acquire permanent Maltese citizenship.
The Malta Citizenship through Investment Programme process is quick and efficient. Citizenship is approved after only 4 months of processing time. A residency card will be issued through a fast track process which takes 1-3 weeks, which will grant free mobility in the Schengen area for 18 months. It will only take 12 months from the date of initial residency to get a Maltese passport through the investment program.
Fort St. Angelo, Valetta
Malta is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with 423,000 souls packed into an area one-tenth the size of Rhode Island and one-fifth the size of Greater London. Most live on the congested island of Malta, with a few more spread onto the calmer Gozo, and the rest — all three of them — on Comino. But there’s still space for visitors: Tourism took off in the early 1960s and now accounts for 12% of Malta’s GDP. Its photogenic, ancient cities (the capital, Valletta, is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site) and turquoise lagoons and beaches keep travelers coming.
Malta is the navel of the Mediterranean, floating in the sea between Sicily and Libya. An ancient temple-building civilization, later Phoenician, Roman, Arab, Norman, and Aragonese occupations all made some mark on Maltese culture and left an impressive collection of UNESCO-anointed sites. Then for a couple of centuries from 1530, the Order of the Knights of St. John–originally hospitallers recruited from Europe’s noble families accompanying pilgrims during the Crusades–ruled Malta, pulling it culturally towards Europe and transforming it into a maritime power that gave the Ottomans a run for their money. The noble Knights also, quite literally, furnished Malta with Europe’s finest art and architecture. With the Knights’ power on the wane a couple of centuries later, Napoleon took the islands with little resistance. After two turbulent years of anti-clerical French rule, the Catholic Maltese asked Britain for help kicking out the French. The Brits, sensing opportunity, obliged, and remained for 164 years until Malta became independent in 1964. Malta joined the European Union in 2004.
Malta has a church for every day of the year. That’s what they say, but the number is actually somewhere around 359. Still, it’s a big number for such a small country (more than one for each square kilometer.) Malta’s language is rooted in its Arab past, but day-to-day culture has a big Roman Catholic footprint. Luke the Apostle and Paul of Tarsus were shipwrecked off Malta in 60 A.D., and Paul is credited with introducing Christianity to the islands and making Malta one of the earliest outposts of the faith. Catholicism is still serious business in Malta—abortions are illegal—and church attendance is among the highest in Europe. This enthusiasm is reflected both in the outsize number of churches, and their baroque ostentation, mostly funded by parishioners themselves.
Immigration is a sensitive topic. Thanks to its location, over the last decade Malta has been a way station for migrants departing from the North African coast (mostly Libya) on rickety boats, hoping to get to mainland Europe. In 2012, Malta received the highest number of asylum seekers for its population. The Maltese are divided on the issue. Some have dubbed this Malta’s ‘third siege’(the first was when the Knights of St. John withstood the Ottoman forces in 1565, and the second during World War II when Malta was bombarded by the Italians and then the Germans) and some feel that the European Union should have a fairer burden-sharing policy,