Residence & Relocation

Citizenship by Investment

The Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment


Type of Citizenship Granted

Citizenship by Naturalization


Principal applicant (36 months Residency): €590,000
Principal applicant (less than 36 months residency): €740,000
Dependants: €50,000

Residence Requirement

An applicant and all adult dependants must hold Maltese residency status for a minimum of 36 months or, by exception, for a minimum of 12 months.

Property Requirement

Property Purchase: €700,000
Property Rental: €16,000

Property Holding Requirement

The applicant must be retained for at least five years from the date of issue of citizenship certificate.

Other Investment Requirements

Donation of €10,000 to a registered philanthropic, cultural, sport, scientific, animal welfare or artistic non-governmental organization or society, or as otherwise approved by the Agency.

In Principle Approval

From the payment request voucher settlement, the Letter of approval for eligibility takes between 120 and 150 calendar days.

Settlement of Contribution

The principal applicant will be instructed to remit the contribution within 25 days of the Letter of Principle Approval issue. Payment is to be received within twenty days of such instruction, after which the Authorities will notify the Minister to issue a certificate of naturalization. The contribution is non-refundable.

Step-by-Step Procedure

1. Power of Attorney

The prospective applicant gives a power of attorney to the Agent to act on his behalf for the whole duration of the application process.

2. Residence

The Agent performs Tier 1 due diligence on the prospective applicant and submits the Residency application.
Agency performs Tier 1 due diligence and obtains 1st police clearance.

3. Eligibility

Agent submits Citizenship eligibility application to the Agency.
Birth and marriage certificates are submitted to Public Registry and Passport Office by the Agent.

4. Due Diligence

Agency performs Tier 2 due diligence and ensures the correctness and completeness of the application. The Agency may request further information and documents to provide all the necessary documentation.
Agency performs Tiers 3 and 4 due diligence and presents the application and its findings to the Minister.

5. Eligibility Decision

On the Minister's instructions, the Agency informs the Agent of the Minister's decision if the applicant is eligible to apply for Maltese Citizenship.

6. Citizenship Application

After 12 months or 36 months from Residence, the Agent presents the Citizenship application to the Agency.

7. Update Due Diligence

The Agency updates its due diligence on the applicant and presents its final findings to the Minister.

8. Citizenship Decision

The Agency informs the Agent of the Minister's decision if the applicant can be granted Maltese Citizenship on the Minister's instructions.

9. Investments

Applicant fulfills the Exceptional Investment, Donation, and Property requirements.

10. Oath of Allegiance

The applicant is invited to Malta and takes the Oath of Allegiance.
The applicant is then granted Maltese Citizenship and is issued with a Certificate of Naturalisation.

11. Monitoring

Agency conducts continuous monitoring for five years.

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