Malta’s Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services is a citizenship-by-investment programme, aimed at non-EU and non-EEA nationals. Through this programme, those highly-talented High-Net-Worth Individuals who successfully went through a rigid and thorough due diligence process and who prove to be of good standing and repute, can become Maltese citizens.
Through Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services Maltese government provides the possibility to attain Citizenship through Investment, thereby providing a gateway to access all the rights as a Maltese and European Union national. Successful applicants and their dependents will be able to live, study and set up their business in Malta or in any European Union Member State.
Acquiring Maltese citizenship through Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services is a subject to an exceptional direct investment and can be acquired in 36 months or 12 months. Applicants acquiring Maltese citizenship through this origramme are granted with an e-residence card within few weeks after submission of the application. The residence card grants applicants with a Maltese Residency status and visa-free access to all Schengen member states.
Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services programme has been launched on 20th of November 2020 as an improved new version of the well-known Individual Investor Programme (IIP) which reached its cap of applications. Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services programme is being administered by the Community Malta Agency, the agency responsible for processing incoming applications on all Maltese citizenship-related matters and carrying out necessary due diligence towards applicants.
Benefits of holding Maltese citizenship status
The right to live, work and study in any of the 27 EU countries and Switzerland.
Travel visa-free (or visa on arrival) to 184 countries, including the US, UK and Canada.
World’s strictest due diligence standards and vetting of applicants, thus ensuring only highly respectable applicants will be admitted.
Citizenship of a well-respected EU country.
Reasonable contribution and an efficient application process.
Malta is an attractive place to live or to own a second home and is strategically located with excellent air links.
Tax Residency: Source & Remittance based taxation only. No wealth Tax. No asset Reporting. No inheritance Tax.
Eligibility criteria under Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services Programme
Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services, that allows highly reputable individuals and their families to receive Maltese citizenship based on a contribution to and investment in Malta, has the following requirements:
Government Contribution: The main applicant is required to contribute €600,000 (after 36 months of effective residence in Malta) or €750,000 (after 36 months of effective residence in Malta) to the Maltese Government, which is deposited in the National Development and Social Fund.
Donation to local NGO: The applicant is required to donate, prior to the issue of the certificate of naturalisation, a minimum of €10,000 to a registered philanthropic, cultural, sport, scientific, animal welfare or artistic non-governmental organisation or society, or as otherwise approved by the Agency.
Investment in Real Estate: Applicant should own or rent a qualifying property in Malta and hold such investment for a minimum period of five (5) years from the date of issue of the certificate of citizenship. The property considered as qualifying if:
In order to apply for the Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services programme, one must engage an Accredited Agent, who will be liaising with the Community Malta Agency and submitting the application on behalf of the beneficiary.
SMM Immigration Department
If you are considering obtaining freedom through obtaining of a second passport and seeking a suitable country for your future, Malta can be an ideal choice for you. By choosing Malta’s citizenship by investment program, you are choosing to settle in a safe and pleasant environment and secure your prosperous future today.
Contact SMM Immigration team for personalized guidance and free consultation. We are always available for both face-to-face or online consultations, get in touch with our team and speak with one of our experts today.