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How long does it take to get Malta citizenship by investment?

The processing time for the Malta citizenship by investment program is at least 12 to 18 months for citizenship, and about 2 to 3 weeks for Malta residency.

Malta offers foreign investors the option to apply for Malta citizenship (the EU passport) after 12 months or 36 months in residency status. There is no requirements to live in Malta year-round during the residency period.

Processing times generally depend on how fast an applicant can provide the supporting documentation. For most applicants it takes only a couple of weeks to receive Malta residency, which is the first step in the investment citizenship application procedure. The main applicant and any dependents are provided with an E-Residence document which is equivalent to a Schengen Visa, granting borderless travel to all Schengen countries.

The second step is the application for citizenship, which takes between 12-18 months from start to finish (12 months residency option), or 3 years (36 months residency option). The applicant can choose one of the two residency periods.

The cost of the Malta citizenship by investment program is about €632,000 not including a residential property purchase or rental. The investment are due only after the citizenship application has been approved by the Malta government.

Once processing is complete, after 12-18 or after 36 months, depending on the applicant's choice, citizenship may be granted, and the Malta passport can be received.

Maltese citizenship allows traveling, living, and working in any member country of the European Union. In addition, Malta citizenship (the EU passport) offers visa-free travel to over 180 destinations. Further, Malta citizenship offers free access to high-quality healthcare and schooling. Lastly, Malta has no restrictions on dual citizenship, meaning an applicant can retain the citizenship and passport of their original country if preferred. 


How long is the processing time to get the Malta citizenship by investment? The process of obtaining Malta residency can be completed in as little as two weeks, which serves as the initial step in the citizenship by investment application procedure. The processing time for Malta citizenship, the second step of the application process, varies depending on the residency period chosen by the applicant, either 12 or 36 months. The overall processing duration is also influenced by how promptly the applicant provides the necessary documentation, such as a clean police record. In general, the minimum processing time is 12-18 months. For the Malta citizenship by investment program, a minimum expenditure of €632,000 is required, excluding the costs of purchasing or renting a personal residence and legal service fees. Investments are only required after the citizenship application has been approved.

Main Points: Processing time for Malta investment citizenship

  1. Residency stage processing: 2-3 weeks
  2. Citizenship stage processing: 12 months or 36 months
  3. Dependent on supporting documents
  4. E-Residency Visa for Schengen travel
  5. Passport received after citizenship is granted
  6. Investments due after citizenship is granted

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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