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A summary of the "Malta Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment Regulations".  Also see our new comprehensive guide to the Malta Citizenship by Investment Program: The Malta Citizenship by Investment Guide - All You Need to Know

Are you dreaming of obtaining a second passport, expanding your global reach, and enjoying the advantages of a European Union membership? Look no further than the renowned Malta Citizenship by Investment Program. With its remarkable features and robust benefits, this program has become a sought-after avenue for individuals seeking a secure investment pathway to Maltese citizenship.

Malta, a Mediterranean island nation renowned for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, has crafted an exceptional citizenship by investment program that allows eligible applicants to become Maltese citizens by making a significant contribution to the country's economy.

Let's dive into the depths of the Malta Citizenship by Investment Program and explore the incredible possibilities it offers.

Benefits of the Malta Citizenship by Investment Program
The Malta Citizenship by Investment Program, officially titled the "Malta Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment Regulations", and also referred to as the "Maltese Exceptional Investor Naturalisation (MEIN)" or the "Citizenship for Exceptional Services (CES) Program" opens up a world of opportunities for its participants. Here are some of the remarkable benefits awaiting those who embark on this transformative journey:

European Union Membership: Acquiring Maltese citizenship through this program grants you the right to live, work, and study in any of the 27 EU member states. It provides you with unrestricted access to the Schengen Zone, facilitating seamless travel within Europe.

Global Mobility: As a Maltese citizen, you gain visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to over 180 countries worldwide, expanding your horizons and facilitating international business opportunities.

Political Stability: Malta boasts a robust democratic system and political stability, providing a safe and secure environment for individuals and families.

Education and Healthcare: The Maltese education system is highly regarded, offering excellent opportunities for your children's academic development. Additionally, Malta provides a comprehensive healthcare system that ensures access to quality medical services.

Tax Advantages: The Malta Citizenship by Investment Program offers attractive tax benefits, including a favorable tax regime, double taxation avoidance agreements, and no wealth or inheritance taxes.

Requirements and Eligibility
To participate in the Malta Citizenship by Investment Program, applicants must meet specific requirements. These include:

Investment Options: Applicants are required to make a significant contribution to the Maltese economy. The main applicant can choose between two options to make a direct exceptional investment (donation) to the country's economic development plan: EUR 600,000 (for citizenship eligibility after a 36-months residency period) or EUR 750,000 (for citizenship eligibility after a 12-months residency period). Neither of these options requires the applicant or his family to live in Malta year-round. In addition, applicants are required to purchase or to lease qualifying property in Malta. The minimum purchase or rental amounts depends on the location of the property. Please review our complete table listing all required investments here

Financial Capacity: Individuals must demonstrate a high net worth and the financial capability to make the necessary investment.

Residence Requirement: Applicants are required to establish a genuine link with Malta by holding a residency status for at least one year before obtaining citizenship.

Good Character and Clean Background: Applicants must possess a clean criminal record and exhibit good character.

Health Insurance: Health insurance coverage is mandatory for applicants and their dependents, ensuring access to necessary medical services. Applicants can provide their own qualifying insurance, secured in their current country of citizenship, or they may sign up for a health insurance plan offered by a health insurance provider in Malta.

Select FAQs about the Malta Citizenship by Investment Program (click here for the complete FAQ page)
Q: How long does the application process take?
A: The application process (12 months residency option) usually takes between 12-18 months from submission to citizenship approval. Malta residency, the first step in the citizenship application process, is granted within about two weeks.

Q: Can my family members be included in the application?
A: Yes, the Malta Citizenship by Investment Program allows the inclusion of the applicant's spouse, children, and dependent parents and grandparents.

Q: Can I maintain dual citizenship?
A: Yes, Malta permits dual citizenship, allowing you to retain your current nationality while enjoying the benefits of Maltese citizenship.

Q: Is knowledge of the Maltese language required to become a citizen?
A: No. Knowledge of the local language is not a requirement for obtaining Maltese citizenship, and most residents and citizens here speak English.

Q: Can I visit Malta during the application process?
A: Yes, you are free to visit Malta while your application is being processed. In fact, frequent visits are encouraged as Malta is a beautiful country to spend your holidays, open a business, go to school, live full-time, or retire. While encouraged, frequent visits to the country are not mandatory.

Q: Are there any age restrictions for applicants?
A: There are no specific age restrictions for applicants other than the main applicant being over 18 years of age. As long as you meet the program's requirements and fulfill the investment criteria, you are eligible to apply.

Q: Can I fulfill the investment requirement by investing only in real estate?
A: No, because investing in real estate alone is insufficient to fulfill the investment requirement of the program. Please review all required investment types and amounts for the Malta citizenship by investment program here.

Q: What documents are required for the application?
A: When submitting your application, you will need to provide various documents, including a valid passport, proof of residence, financial statements, a clean criminal record, and other supporting documentation. We will work with you to collect all required documents, verify they meet the official application requirements, and then submit them through our licensed attorneys to the government.

Q: Will my children have access to education and healthcare benefits as Maltese citizens?
A: Yes, as Maltese citizens, your children will have access to the exceptional education system in Malta and the comprehensive healthcare system, ensuring their educational and healthcare needs are met.

Q: Is there a limit on the number of applicants accepted into the program?
A: Yes. The total number of citizenships, i.e., the total number of Malta passports that the Maltese government has made available under the citizenship by investment regulation is limited to 400 per year. 

It is advisable to seek guidance from a professional advisor or immigration specialist for personalized information and advice regarding the Malta Citizenship by Investment Program. Please contact us at your convenience.

The Malta Citizenship by Investment Program represents an exceptional opportunity to obtain Malta (EU) citizenship and a prestigious European Union passport and secure a brighter future for you and your loved ones. With its numerous advantages, including a dual-citizenship option, global mobility, political stability, educational opportunities, healthcare access, and favorable tax benefits, this program opens the doors to a world of possibilities and a brighter future through a secure investment.

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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