Malta Individual Investor Programme
By virtue of Legal Notice 47 of 2014, Malta Citizenship Act (Cap.188), Individual Investor Programme of the Republic of Malta Regulations, the Government of the Republic of Malta grants naturalisation by investment to reputable individuals and their dependents, after a rigid and thorough due diligence process, who make a significant contribution to the social and economic development of the country.
The Application (main applicant) may also include his/her spouse, children and parents or grandparents under certain conditions, to benefit under this Programme.
This Programme shall allow for the granting of citizenship by a certificate of naturalisation to foreign individuals and their families who contribute to the economic development of Malta
Beneficiaries under the Global Residence Programme may also additionally apply under this Programme.
Qualifications For Application
The qualifications and general requirements for a person to be the Main Applicant for citizenship under this Programme are the following:
- At least 18 years of age
- Makes a contribution
- Meets the applicant requirements
- Residential address in Malta
- Commits to make an investment in Malta
Requirements For Application
The Applicant, his/her spouse and dependants should satisfy the following requirements:
- Complete an application form
- Pay a non-refundable fee of €10,000
- Bank charges of €200 per application
- Provide a health certificate
- Provide a police certificate (these may be submitted at date following the submission if the application but before the approval stage)
- Pass a ‘fit and proper’ test
- Undertake to remit the total if required contribution
- Undertake to purchase or lease property in Malta
- Main Application to make an Affidavit of Support for each dependent who is over 18 years of age
- Provide authenticated translations into English where necessary
Process of Application
Forms required to be signed by dependants under 18 years of age shall be required to be signed by parents or guardians. Documentary evidence is required to be produced to prove a relationship with the said dependent.
The programme will be managed by a Government Agency called Identity Malta. The number of successful applicants under the Programme will be capped a 1,800. Identity Malta will receive applications from Maltese financial services practitioners to be appointed as Approved Agents. Only Approved Agents will be authorised to promote the Programme and to submit applications on behalf of clients to Identity Malta.
Identity Malta shall, within 90 days of receipt of a correctly compiled application and supporting documents, carry out verification work. Within 30days of the completion of the initial verification work, Identity Malta shall carry out additional background checks. At the end of this 30 day period Identity Malta shall notify the Approved Agent in accordance with the Minister’s instructions that the application has been (a) approved in principle (b) refused or (c) delayed.
Where the application has been Approved in principle, Identity Malta shall also issue a letter of Approval in Principle to the Main Applicant requesting that he/she provides (i) evidence of a global health insurance policy/ies covering the Main Applicant, spouse and dependants and (ii) written undertaking to acquire or lease a residential immovable property in Malta for a minimum value of €350,000 or a minimum annual lease of €16,000 [a 5 year contract to be provided within 4 months].
The Main Applicant shall also provide a written undertaking that he will make such other investment in Malta to an amount of €150,000 as identified by Identity Malta and retain such investment for 5 years. The contribution, less the non-refundable deposit already aid with the application, is to be settled within 25 days of receipt of the Approval in Principle letter.
The contribution values are as follows:
- Main Applicant – €650,000
- Spouse – €25,000
- Child under 18 years – €25,000
- Unmarried child 18 to 26 years – €50,000
- Dependent parent of grandparent above 55 years – €50,000
Additional due diligence fees:
- Main Applicant – €7,500
- Spouse – €5,000
- Child under 18 years – €3,000
- Unmarried child 18 to 26 years – €5,000
- Dependent parent of grandparent above 55 years – €5,000
A personal interview with an applicant is not mandatory but may be requested. Within 2 years but not less than 6 months from the date of an approved application, the Minister shall issue a certificate of naturalisation to all successful applicants. The applicants can then apply for a Maltese passport after taking an Oath of Allegiance. Passport fees are €500 per passport.
A certificate of naturalisation under these regulations shall be issued to the main applicant after proof of residence in Malta for a period of at least 12 months preceding the day of the issuing of the certificate of naturalisation has been submitted.
The above should not be taken as advice on or promotion of the Individual Investor Programme. Professional advice should be sought from an Approved Agent.
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