Investment Visa Overview

Malta Residency & Citizenship options

In recent years, Malta has become increasingly popular as a destination for retirees and people looking for a second home. As a result, the Maltese government has introduced a number of visa and residency options for foreigners. The most popular of these is the Malta Permanent Residence visa, which allows foreigners to live and work in Malta indefinitely.

Program 1
  • Name
    Global Residence Programme
  • Description

    Malta's Global Residence Programme is designed to attract foreign individuals who are seeking a Malta residency permit. The programme offers a number of benefits, including a favourable tax regime, Malta residency visas, and access to Malta's healthcare system. Applicant must be in receipt of a stable income from sources outside of Malta, and must also be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient resources to support themselves and their dependents.

  • Requirements

    The applicant owns or leases a qualifying owned home or qualifying rented property that is occupied as the individual's primary residence globally. Immovable property located in Malta other than the south of Malta: EUR275,000 or rent of EUR9,600 per year OR Immovable property located in the south of Malta: EUR220,000 or rent of EUR8,750 per year OR Gozo: EUR250,000 or rent of EUR8,750 per year

  • Validity
    1 year
  • Investment Type
    Real Estate
  • Avg. Processing Time
    1 month
  • Investment Amount
    220,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    €9,600
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    183 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Exceptional Investor Naturalization
  • Description

    5 years

  • Requirements

    Purchase of lease property + Donation to the National Development and Social Fund. Property: 700,000 EUR or 18,000 EUR in rent a year(property)AND Donation: 600,000 EUR (3y residence) or 750,000 EUR (1y residence)+ 50,000 EUR per dependents AND Donation: 10,000 EUR.

  • Validity
    5 years
  • Investment Type
    Mixed (Real Estate + Donation)
  • Processing Time
    13 months
  • Investment Amount
    700,000-800,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    Through authorized agents only
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    None
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 3
  • Name
    Malta Permanent Residence Programme
  • Description

    The Malta Permanent Residence Programme is a programme that allows non-EU/EEA and non- Swiss nationals to obtain a Malta permanent residence permit.

  • Requirements

    Acquisition or leasing of real estate. If the property is located in the south of Malta or Gozo, the property value must be at least €310,000. If the property is located anywhere else in Malta, the property value must be at least €350,000. If the rented property is located in the south of Malta or Gozo, the yearly rent value must be at least €10,000; if the property is located elsewhere in Malta, the annual rent value must be at least €12,000.

  • Validity
    5 years
  • Investment Type
    Real Estate, Donation
  • Processing Time
    6 to 8 months
  • Investment Amount
    350,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent fee
    350,000 EUR
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    183 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Official Government Website
Investment Types
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Maltese passport is presently ranked 10th. It allows people to travel to 187 countries without needing a visa. As a result, it is one of the world's most sought passports, having a very high mobility score. Visa-free and visa-on-arrival access is available to Maltese passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and the entire European Union, allowing for nearly quick travel around the world. Maltese passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 42 countries throughout the world. China, India, and Oman are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank

10

Visa Free Countries

187

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    143
  • Visa on Arrival
    32
  • Visa Online
    12
  • Visa Required
    11
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    59%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    46%
Passport Ranking Factors

Malta Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Malta passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Malta passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 143 visa-free countries for Malta passport holders, 32 visa-on-arrival countries for Malta passport holders, and 12 eTA destinations. Malta passport holders can visit a total of 187 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, Malta's passport is ranked number ten in the world. Apart from the visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, Malta passport holders are required to obtain a physical visa or an eVisa to visit 42 other countries (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Maltese Citizenship by Descent

You can apply for Malta citizenship if one of your parents or grandparents is a Maltese citizen. In addition, Malta has liberalized its citizenship laws in this regard since 2007. For instance, if you were born outside of Malta but can prove that you have a parent and grandmother (from the same direct line) who were born in Malta, you only need to register as a citizen.

However, you are not eligible for citizenship by descent in Malta if your parent passed away after August 1, 2010 without applying for citizenship. However, if your parent passed away before August 1, 2007, or three years after this date without applying for citizenship themselves, they would still be regarded an eligible citizen, allowing you to apply for Maltese citizenship.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    Yes
  • Generations
    2
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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