INVEST IN MALTA THROUGH A MALTA RESIDENCY PROGRAM. LEARN ABOUT MALTA INVESTMENT VISA REQUIREMENTS
Think about investing in a foreign country and don’t miss Malta being one of your best options. Take advantage of the Malta Residency Program and get a Malta investment visa.
The option to make Malta residence by investment will benefit high-income individuals to obtain a Maltese passport in a short period of 2 to 3 years. For this, they are supposed to make a sizeable investment in Malta.
To earn citizenship in Malta, an investor can make use of the Malta Golden Visa program. Under the program, you will also be required to make an investment in real estate.
Options for investment under a Malta Golden Visa program
If you are ready to make an investment in Malta under the Malta Golden Visa program (Malta Residency Program), there are 2 citizenship options available to you:
- The Malta Citizenship by Investment Program
- The Malta Permanent Residency Program (MPRP)
An overview of investment options in Malta Citizenship by Investment Program
Additional investment for family members
Additional residential investment
Additional philanthropic donation
(Residency of 36 months)
You have to invest a minimum amount of €600,000 in the national development fund.
You have to invest an amount of €50,000 additionally for each dependent member of the family enlisted u in the application you submitted.
You have to purchase a residential estate with a price that comes to a minimum of €700,000 or
Draw a rental agreement of a minimum amount of €16,00 per year. You must maintain this for a minimum of 5 years.
You have to donate a minimum amount of €10,000 to an approved scientific,
cultural, artistic, or
philanthropic, society, or organization.
(Residency of 12 months)
You have to invest a minimum of €750,000 in the national development fund.
Understanding the Malta Permanent Residency Program (MPRP)
The MPRP helps you become a permanent resident in Malta. This should be understood differently from immediate citizenship. MPRP is part of the Malta Golden Visa scheme. For an MPRP the minimum investment required is €100,000. Here’s a break-up of the investments to make:
You have to invest a minimum of €98,000 into a fund approved by the government.
You have to make a minimum charitable donation of €2,000 to a registered non-governmental organization in Malta.
You have to sign a rental contract of a minimum amount of €10,000/year for at least 5 years.
Are you eligible for a Malta Golden Visa?
Check it out! Here are the criteria to meet to become eligible for Malta Golden Visa:
· You must be 18 years of age.
· You have a clear criminal background. You shouldn’t be facing a criminal investigation or sanctions at an international. This is also applicable to every family member included in the application you submitted.
· You are ready to support your family members who are included in the application you submitted.
How to benefit from citizenship through investment in Malta?
If you become a Malta citizen the following benefits:
- It will be possible for you and your family to live permanently in Malta or at any location in the EU.
- It will be possible for you and your family to study and work in Malta or at any location in the EU.
- You can travel to more than 140 countries without a visa, worldwide.
- After you get Malta citizenship, you will automatically pass on citizenship to any of your descendants.
- You will be enabled to access the educational, social, and health benefits available in Malta.
Residency requirements for citizenship by investment in Malta
The period of time you are required to live in Malta prior to becoming eligible for Malta citizenship depends on the amount you invest in the country:
- If you make a minimum investment of €750,000, you can obtain a Malta passport after 1 year.
- If you make a minimum investment of €650,000, you can obtain a Malta passport after 3 years.
- If you make a minimum investment of €100,000, you can obtain a Malta passport after a minimum period of 5 years.
The procedure for applying for a Malta Golden Visa
Here’s a brief list of essential steps involved in the Malta Golden Visa process:
- Have a trip to Malta before you make your investment.
- Keep all your necessary documents collected and ready. You must be able to prove that you can make an investment sufficient to earn eligibility for the Malta investment visa (Golden visa).
- Submit your application for a Golden Visa to the Residency Malta Agency.
- If all goes well, you and your family will get Malta residence permits.
- Under 12 months after getting your residence permits, you have to submit an application to find out if you have eligibility for Malta citizenship.
- In case you have the eligibility, you will get an Eligibility Letter of Approval.
- After 1-3 years of residence (period determined based on the investment you made), you will be required to submit all the documents necessary to apply for citizenship in Malta.
- After you and your family immigrate to Malta, and after a period of 1-3 years, you become naturalized as citizens of Malta. Then you can get your passports.
Necessary documents for a Malta Golden Visa
To file an application for a Malta Golden Visa, you have to provide the following documents:
- Your passport
- Passports of all members of your family members included in your application
- Proof of having undergone due diligence
- Cover letter
- Proof that your funds were obtained legally
- Proof that you have sufficient funds required for the investment
- Bank statements issued in your country of origin
- Proof of relationship with family members like:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce certificate (subject to applicability)
- Custody documents (subject to applicability)
- Documents that prove financial dependency (for parents, adult children, or grandparents)
- Police certificates that prove that you don’t have a criminal background.
- Yours and your family members (above the age of 12 years and included in the application) biometric data
- Yours and your family members’ medical reports to prove that you don’t have any disease that’s contagious and which could pose a threat to public health in Malta
- Any other documents to support the information you furnished, as required
It will take from 4 months to a year to complete the actual visa processing. After that, you must live at least a year in Malta before you are able to apply for citizenship.
- Administrative fee: €40,000 for the visa application as well as due diligence fees
- Fees including the acquisition of documents, services, and legal fees: €50,000+
Who are the eligible family members for a Malta Golden Visa?
- Your de facto partner/spouse, (an individual with whom you have a monogamous relationship)
- Your children (including your spouse’s children) aged under 18 when submitting the application
- Any child aged above 18, and is unmarried as well as has a financial dependency on you (e.g., students)
- Any child aged above 18 and has a dependence on you or your spouse owing to any mental or physical disabilities
- The dependent parents/grandparents of either you or your spouse aged above 55
How much does it cost to get residency in Malta?
You must make a minimum investment of €150,000 in Malta. If you are a successful applicant who got a Malta investment visa, you have to pay a minimum annual tax of €15,000. You may get to claim double taxation relief. You will have to pay income tax at a rate of 15% on foreign source income of which you made a remittance to Malta.
How easy is it to get permanent residence in Malta?
Very basic requirements have to be met to get a permanent residence in Malta. You have to be an applicant aged above 18 years. You must have a legal income source for which you can present proof. You must not have a criminal record. You mustn’t have met with a refusal for a visa by a country that has a visa-free agreement with Malta.
How do I become a citizen in Malta?
If you are a foreign national having no family connections in Malta are able to become a citizen after living in the country for 4 cumulative years in the last 6 years on permanent residence and a residence permit. It’s required that you haven’t stayed outside Malta for a period that’s under 6 consecutive months or 10 months during the said period.
Major ways of becoming citizens include citizenship by:
- Distinguished Service for Malta
- Family reunification
- Being refugees or in political asylum
Is Malta an expensive place to live?
If it were to be a simple answer, Malta is a country that’s very affordable to live in. Only be mindful of 2 factors that are exceptions to this observation:
- Since Malta is an island, some of the imported goods could cost more
- The recent economic boom and the popularity among expats have made certain areas of the country more expensive than others.
Does Malta have an income tax?
Malta has a 15% flat tax rate charged on foreign income. This has to be remitted to Malta. For any income that originates from Malta a flat tax rate of 35% is levied.
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