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How easy is it to get Malta citizenship?

Applying for citizenship is never an easy process in the EU. Malta residents who want to become a citizen by naturalization instead of applying under the citizenship by investment program might need to wait for 10 to 15 years or longer for approvals.

Applying under the Malta citizenship by investment program is much faster. Applicants can receive Maltese citizenship between 12 to 18 months when selecting the 12 months residency option, and Malta residency status after only two to three weeks from application start.    

The process of applying for Malta investment citizenship includes the completion of detailed application forms and the collection of various supporting documents for the main applicant and any family members or dependants. All application forms and documentation must be vetted by a government-licensed agent, called a registered mandatory. Only the licensed agent can submit the application case file to the government. 

Further, the application process entails a strict due-diligence procedure, including background checks to ensure the applicant has no criminal record. Minor infractions should be explained and cleared with the Malta government before an application is filed. Only the Malta government has the authority to approve or reject an application for citizenship.

Applying for the Malta citizenship by investment program requires a total expense of at least €632,000 plus fees and a purchase or rental of Malta real estate. Applicants must contribute €600,000 or €750,000 to the Government of Malta depending on the length of residency prior to citizenship. Applicants must also donate €10,000 to a non-government philanthropic organization in Malta.

In addition, applicants must rent or buy a qualifying property in Malta with a purchase price of at least €700,000 or annual rental expense of €16,000 when applying under the Malta citizenship by investment program.

Once citizenship is granted, Malta citizens can apply for the Malta passport (the EU passport) and live in any of the other EU member countries. Malta citizenship further allows you visa-free travel to over 180 destinations, including the US, Canada, and the UK.


Is it easy to get the Malta citizenship? The process of applying for a residency or citizenship through an investment program in Malta follows a regulated procedure, involving specific application steps, comprehensive form submissions, and successful completion of due diligence checks. Applicants are also required to pay applicable government fees, fulfill investment and donation requirements, and acquire residential real estate property through purchase or lease. The processing time for the citizenship by investment program typically ranges from 12 to 18 months until citizenship is granted, while residency can be obtained within approximately two weeks.

Main Points: Is Malta Citizenship Easy?

  1. Malta citizenship program is regulated
  2. Strict due diligence is applied
  3. A clean criminal record is required
  4. Applicants must comply with all rules
  5. Be at least 18 years old
  6. Residency processing is 2-3 weeks
  7. Citizenship takes at least 12-18 months

Because immigration by investment programs can change over time please contact us to speak with an advisor or to receive a preliminary quotation. The information provided in this blog post is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal or financial advice.

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