Residence & Citizenship

Malta

The Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment

Malta Start-up Programme

Malta Permanent Residence Programme

Malta Global Residence Programme

Malta Residence Programme

The Malta Retirement Programme

Malta Key Employee Initiative

The Malta Highly Qualified Persons Programme

Malta: The Qualifying Employment in Innovation & Creativity Scheme

The Malta Digital Nomad Residence Permit

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  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

The Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment

Available to EU/EEA and Non-EU Passport Holders.

This is a Residence Programme that can lead to Citizenship.

Free movement within the Schengen Zone (26 European countries).

Individuals will be taxed on Malta source income and certain gains arising in Malta. They will not be taxed on non-Malta source income not remitted to Malta, or Capital remitted to Malta. In addition, they will not be taxed on capital gains even if this income is remitted to Malta.

There is no language test in Malta to participate in this programme. English is an official language in Malta, so all government Interactions will take place in English.

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The Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment

Under the new regulations, applicants can opt for residence in Malta, leading to citizenship choosing between two options:

  1. application after three years of residence in Malta, for a lower contribution; OR
  2. application for citizenship after one of residence in Malta.

Direct Investment

Applicants who can prove residency status in Malta for 36 months prior to the naturalization, are required to make a direct investment of €600,000 whilst applicants who prove a residency status in Malta for at least 12 months are required to make an exceptional direct investment of €750,000.

If the applicants accompanied by qualifying dependants, a further investment of €50,000 per dependant is to be made.

An applicant cannot apply for a certificate of citizenship by naturalisation for exceptional services, before he/she has proved that he/she has become a resident of Malta for the minimum period required.

Philanthropic Donation

Prior to the issue of a certificate of Maltese citizenship, the applicant must donate a minimum €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.

Property Investment

Once an applicant is approved and prior to the issue of a certificate of Maltese citizenship, the application must either purchase or rent residential property in Malta. If the applicant opts to purchase a property, an investment of at least €700,000 must be made. An applicant may alternatively take a lease on a residential immovable property in Malta, for a minimum annual rent of €16,000. The applicant must retain the property for at least 5 years from the date of the issue of the certificate of Maltese citizenship.

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The Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment

All individuals interested in applying for this programme, are required to do so through a registered approved agent, who will be acting on behalf of the client in all matters related to the Application for Eligibility and Application for Citizenship.

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

The Malta government aims to attract people of the highest calibre through the Malta Citizenship by Direct Investment and grant them Maltese residence, following a rigorous due diligence process and adherence to strict criteria.

To be eligible for the Malta Citizenship by Direct Investment, an applicant must meet a number of criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age, or older. Eligibility may also extend to applicant’s dependants including the spouse or de facto partner, or a person with whom a relationship is held through a status which is the same as or similar to marriage, children, parents and grandparents under certain terms;
  • Is willing to contribute, through an exceptional direct investment, to the economic and social development of the Republic of Malta;
  • Provides proof that he/she has been a resident in Malta for at least 12 or 36 months preceding the day of issue, of the certificate of naturalisation;
  • Meets all of the application requirements; and
  • Commits to providing proof of residence in Malta and proof of title to a residential property in Malta in accordance with the regulations.

Quota: it is important to note that a maximum quota of 400 applicants per year will be accepted with a total maximum number of applicants set at 1,500 for the entire scheme.

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Malta Start-up Programme

Available to third country nationals, excluding EU, EEA and Swiss nationals.

The programme allows for Founders and Co-Founders to apply for a 3-year residency permit, which can include their immediate family.

In addition to this the company may apply for a total of 4 additional permits, for you to 3 years, for Key Core Employees and their immediate family.

The Founders/Co-Founders of the Start-up may renew their residence for an additional 5 years after the initial 3 years, and Key Employees may renew their residence for another 3 years.

Founders/Co-Founders may apply for permanent residency after residing in Malta for 5 years.

Lucrative non-dilutive support measures can be accessed for IT and Fintech Businesses or a support Package for Research and Development Projects.

The start-up Residence Programme is an attractive entry point into a well-connected and versatile economy.

Certain employees may qualify for a personal income tax rate of 15%. Income tax is set at a flat rate of 15% for qualifying individuals

Malta Start-up Programme

The Maltese company must operate in the innovative or tech start-up space. A Business Plan is to be submitted to Malta Enterprise to review and approve before the residence visa can be approved.

In the case where the Maltese Company requires start-up support or funding, the residence permit will only be approved once funding has been approved.

The main requirements are: 

  • A tangible investment of €25,000 or a paid-up share capital of a minimum €25,000, and in the case of where there is more than 4 co-founders an additional €10,000 needs to be placed per additional co-founder.
  • Each person included in the application must have recognised health insurance in place.
  • The Founder, or Co-Founders must be in possession of sufficient financial resources, evidence by a recent bank statement to demonstrate they can support themselves and their dependents, if applicable.
  • Key Core Employees must have specialised skills and must not earn less than €30,000.

Malta Start-up Programme

All entities involved in the Shareholder Structure must not have been registered  globally  for more than seven years, prior to the application, in order to qualify for this programme.

It is expected that the successful applicants will reside in Malta and make Malta their permanent residence and therefore there is a minimum stay requirement of 183 days per year.

Applicants must not have a criminal record or pending criminal charges and must not pose any potential threat to the national security, public policy, public health, or public interest, in Malta.

Must not have previously been rejected for residence status or citizenship in Malta or abroad.

Available to third country nationals, excluding EU, EEA and Swiss are eligible.

Key Core Employee visas may only be applied for if one or more of the Founders have applied for a visa.

  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

Malta Permanent Residence Programme

Available to Non-EU Passport Holders.

  • Successful applicants receive a Maltese residence permit immediately, giving them the right to settle, stay and reside in Malta, and a 5 year residence card. The card is renewed every 5 years if the requirements of the programme are still being met.
  • Free movement within the Schengen Zone (26 European countries)
  • It is possible to include up to 4 generations in the application.

There is no language exam to pass. English is an official language in Malta which means all documents and government interactions will be in English.

To find out about living in Malta, please click here.

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Malta Permanent Residence Programme

An individual must choose between two investment options:

Option 1: Rent a property and pay the full contribution

  • Pay the €40,000 non-refundable administrative fee; AND
  • Rent a property with a minimum annual rental of €12,000 per year (€10,000 if the property is situated in Gozo or the south of Malta); AND
  • Pay the full Government contribution of €58,000; AND
  • Make a donation of €2,000 to a local philanthropic, cultural, scientific, artistic, sport of animal welfare NGO registered with the Commissioner of Voluntary Organisations.

Option 2: Purchase a property and pay a reduced contribution:

  • Pay the €40,000 non-refundable administrative fee; AND
  • Purchase a property with a minimum value of €350,000 (€300,000 if the property is situated in Gozo or the south of Malta); AND
  • Pay the reduced Government contribution of €28,000; AND
  • Make a donation of €2,000 to a local philanthropic, cultural, scientific, artistic, sport of animal welfare NGO registered with the Commissioner of Voluntary Organisations.

Up to 4 generations can be included in one application: Parents and/or grandparents and/or children (including children older than 18 years of age, providing they are dependant and unmarried) of the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse, can apply to the programme, at the application stage. An additional €7,500 payment per person is required.

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Malta Permanent Residence Programme

Please see Additional Criteria, relating to the Malta Permanent Residence Programme. In addition, an applicant must:

  • Be third country nationals, non-EEA and non-Swiss.
  • Not currently be taking advantage of any other Maltese Residence Programme.
  • Show they have capital assets of not less than €500,000, out of which a minimum of €150,000 must be financial assets.
  • In possession of private health insurance policy to cover all risks across Malta.

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  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

Malta Global Residence Programme

Available to Non-EU Passport Holders: The Global Residence Programme entitles non-EU nationals to obtain a Maltese residence permit through a minimum investment in property in Malta. Individuals who are EU/EEA/Swiss nationals should look at the The Malta Residence Programme.

Benefits:

  • Applicant’s are granted a special tax status that includes:
    • 0% tax on foreign source income not remitted to Malta,
    • A beneficial rate of 15% tax on foreign source income that is remitted to Malta,
    • Malta does not impose any inheritance tax, gift tax or wealth taxes.
  • Individuals may also be able to claim double taxation relief under the regime. This is subject to a minimum yearly tax of €15,000, after claiming any applicable double tax relief.
  • Application process time of 3-6 months.
  • Receipt of a Maltese residence permit.
  • Free movement within the Schengen Zone (26 European countries).
  • No requirement to undertake a language test.
  • Documentation, Government interactions and meetings will all be in English.

To find out about living in Malta, please click here.

Malta Global Residence Programme

To qualify for the programme an individual must pay annual minimum tax in Malta of €15,000.

  • An individual must purchase property costing a minimum of €275,000 in Malta (€220,000 if the property is situated in Gozo or the south of Malta), OR rental of a property for a minimum €9,600 per annum in Malta (€8,750 per annum if the property is situated in Gozo or the south of Malta).

Dependant parents may be included in the application.

A non-refundable administration fee of €6,000 is payable to the Government upon application. A reduced fee of €5,500 is payable if the immovable property is purchased in the South of Malta.

Malta Global Residence Programme

An individual who benefits from this special tax status must submit an Annual Tax Return each year to demonstrate they have paid the minimum tax of €15,000, as well as include any material changes that affect their eligibility for this programme.

There is no minimum stay requirement, but an applicant must not spend more than 183 days in any other jurisdiction in any single calendar year.

All applicants and each dependant must have Global Health Insurance and provide evidence that they can maintain it for an indefinite period.

An Authorised Registered Mandatory in Malta must submit an application to the Commissioner of the Inland Revenue on behalf of the applicant. Dixcart Management Malta is an Authorised Registered Mandatory.

The programme is not open to individuals falling into the following categories:

  • Has a criminal record
  • Is subject to a criminal investigation
  • Is a potential national security risk to Malta
    Is involved in any activity likely to detract from Malta’s reputation
  • Has been denied a visa to a country with which Malta has visa-free travel arrangements and has subsequently not obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial.
  • Benefits
  • Financial / Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

Malta Residence Programme

Available to EU/EEA Passport Holders: The Malta Residence Programme is available to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals, and offers a special Malta tax status through a minimum investment in property in Malta. Individuals who are non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals should look at the Malta Global Residence Programme.

Successful applicants receive a Maltese residence permit.

Benefits:

  • Applicant’s are granted a special tax status that includes:
    • 0% tax on foreign source income not remitted to Malta,
    • A beneficial rate of 15% tax on foreign source income that is remitted to Malta, with a minimum amount of tax payable of €15,000 per annum (income arising in Malta is taxed at a flat rate of 35%). This applies to income from the applicant, his/her spouse and any dependants, jointly.
    • Malta does not impose any inheritance tax, gift tax or wealth taxes.
  • Individuals may also be able to claim double taxation relief under the regime. This is subject to a minimum yearly tax of €15,000, after claiming any applicable double tax relief.
  • Application process time of 3-6 months.
  • Receipt of a Maltese residence permit.
  • Free movement within the Schengen Zone (26 European countries).
  • No requirement to undertake a language test.
  • Documentation, Government interactions and meetings will all be in English.
  • No minimum stay requirements.
  • No minimum investment requirements.

To find out about living in Malta, please click here.

Malta Residence Programme

To qualify for the programme, applicants must be EA/EEA/Swiss Nationals.

  • An individual must purchase property costing a minimum of €275,000 in Malta; OR
  • Pay a minimum rent of €9,600 per annum in Malta.

Dependant parents may be included in the application.

A one-time registration fee of €6,000 is levied by the Government. Permit holders are also allowed to carry on an economic activity in Malta.

The applicant must provide evidence that they are economically self-sufficient, as well as any accompanying dependants.

Malta Residence Programme

An individual who benefits from this special tax status must submit an Annual Tax Return each year to demonstrate they have paid the minimum tax of €15,000, as well as include any material changes that affect their eligibility for this programme.

There is no minimum stay requirement, but an applicant must not spend more than 183 days in any other jurisdiction in any single calendar year.

All applicants and each dependant must have Global Health Insurance and provide evidence that they can maintain it for an indefinite period.

An Authorised Registered Mandatory in Malta must submit an application to the Commissioner of the Inland Revenue on behalf of the applicant. Dixcart Management Malta is an Authorised Registered Mandatory.

The programme is not open to individuals falling into the following categories:

  • Has a criminal record
  • Is subject to a criminal investigation
  • Is a potential national security risk to Malta
    Is involved in any activity likely to detract from Malta’s reputation
  • Has been denied a visa to a country with which Malta has visa-free travel arrangements and has subsequently not obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial.
  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

The Malta Retirement Programme

Available to EU/EEA & Non-EU Passport Holders: The Malta Retirement Programme is available to EU and non-EU nationals whose main source of income is their pension.

Benefits:

  • An attractive flat rate of 15% tax is charged on a pension remitted to Malta. The minimum amount of tax payable is €7,500 per annum for the beneficiary and €500 per annum for every dependant.
  • Income that arises in Malta is taxed at a flat rate of 35%.

To find out about living in Malta, please click here.

The Malta Retirement Programme

An individual must own or rent a property in Malta as his/her principal place of residence worldwide. The minimum value of the property must be:

  • Purchase of property in Malta for a minimum value of €275,000 (€220,000 if the property is situated in Gozo or the south of Malta), OR rental of a property for a minimum of €9,600 per annum in Malta (€8,750 per annum if the property is situated in Gozo or the south of Malta).

In addition, at least 75% of the individual’s income must derive from a pension, with a maximum 25% being “other income”.

The Malta Retirement Programme

This programme is designed to attract EU and non-EU nationals who are not in employment and are in receipt of a pension.

An applicant must reside in Malta for a minimum of 90 days in each calendar year, averaged over any 5-year period. In addition he/she must not reside in any other jurisdiction for more than 183 days in any calendar year.

All applicants and each dependant must have Global Health Insurance and provide evidence that they can maintain it for an indefinite period.

An Authorised Registered Mandatory in Malta must submit an application to the Commissioner of the Inland Revenue on behalf of the applicant. Dixcart Management Malta is an Authorised Registered Mandatory.

The programme is not open to individuals falling into the following categories:

  • Has a criminal record
  • Is subject to a criminal investigation
  • Is a potential national security risk to Malta
    Is involved in any activity likely to detract from Malta’s reputation
  • Has been denied a visa to a country with which Malta has visa-free travel arrangements and has subsequently not obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial.
  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

Malta Key Employee Initiative

Available to Non-EU Passport Holders.

The Malta ‘Key Employee Initiative’ is applicable to managerial and/or highly-technical professionals with relevant qualifications or adequate experience relating to a specific job.

Successful applicants receive a fast track work/residence permit within five working days from the date of application, valid for one year. This can be renewed for a maximum period of three years.

To find out about living in Malta, please click here.

Malta Key Employee Initiative

Applicants must provide proof and the following information to the ‘Expatriates Unit’ within ‘Identity Malta’:

  • Annual gross salary of at least €30,000 per annum
  • Certified copies of relevant qualifications, warrants or proof of appropriate work experience
  • Declaration by the employer stating that the applicant has the necessary credentials to perform the required duties.

The ‘Key Employee Initiative’ is also extended to innovators involved in start-up projects, which have been endorsed by ‘Malta Enterprise’.

Malta Key Employee Initiative

Applicants are required to have Private Health Insurance.

  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

The Malta Highly Qualified Persons Programme

Available to EU/EEA & Non-EU Passport Holders.

The Highly Qualified Persons programme is available to EU nationals for five years and non-EU nationals for four years.

Benefits:

  • Income tax is set at a flat rate of 15% for qualifying individuals (instead of paying income tax on an ascending scale with a current maximum top rate of 35%).
  • No tax is payable on income earned over €5,000,000 relating to an employment contract for any one individual.

To find out about living in Malta, please click here.

The Malta Highly Qualified Persons Programme

The scheme is targeted towards professional individuals earning over €81,457 per annum and employed in Malta on a contractual basis.

The Malta Highly Qualified Persons Programme

The applicant can be a national of any country.

All applicants and each dependant must have Global Health Insurance and provide evidence that they can maintain it for an indefinite period.

An Authorised Registered Mandatory in Malta must submit an application to the Commissioner of the Inland Revenue on behalf of the applicant. Dixcart Management Malta is an Authorised Registered Mandatory.

The programme is not open to individuals falling into the following categories:

  • Has a criminal record
  • Is subject to a criminal investigation
  • Is a potential national security risk to Malta
    Is involved in any activity likely to detract from Malta’s reputation
  • Has been denied a visa to a country with which Malta has visa-free travel arrangements and has subsequently not obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial.
  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

Malta: The Qualifying Employment in Innovation & Creativity Scheme

Available to EU/EEA & Non-EU Passport Holders.

Income tax is set at a flat rate of 15% for qualifying individuals (instead of paying income tax on an ascending scale with a current maximum top rate of 35%).

These rules provide an opportunity for individuals working in the development of innovative and creative digital products in Malta to choose to have their employment income in respect of work exercised in Malta, to be chargeable at a reduced rate of 15%.

The 15% tax rate shall apply for a consecutive period of up to four years commencing from the year immediately preceding the year of assessment, in which the person is first liable to tax. This may be extended by a period not exceeding five years.

Malta: The Qualifying Employment in Innovation & Creativity Scheme

The scheme is targeted towards certain professional individuals earning over €52,000 per annum and employed in Malta on a contractual basis:

  • For a candidate to qualify, their annual income must exceed €52,000. This does not include the value of fringe benefits and applies to the derived income received from an eligible office.
  • Individuals must be in possession of a relevant qualification or adequate professional experience for a minimum of three years, in a role comparable to that of the Eligible Office.

Qualifying Criteria

  • are not domiciled in Malta
  • do not derive employment income subject to tax and received in respect of work carried out in Malta or any period spent outside Malta in connection with such work or duties
  • are protected as an employee under Maltese law
  • prove to the satisfaction of the competent authority that they are in possession of professional qualifications
  • are in receipt of stable and regular resources which are sufficient to maintain them and the members of their family
  • reside in accommodation regarded as normal for a comparable family in Malta and which meets the general health and safety standards in force in Malta
  • are in possession of a valid travel document
  • are in possession of sickness insurance

Malta: The Qualifying Employment in Innovation & Creativity Scheme

The applicant can be a national of any country.

The scheme is available for a consecutive period of not more than 3 years.

  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

The Malta Digital Nomad Residence Permit

The Malta Nomad Residence Permit, enables third country individuals to maintain their current job in another country, whilst they legally reside in Malta.

The permit could be for a period of between 6-12 months. If a 12 month permit is issued, then the individual will receive a residence card which allow for visa-free travel throughout the Schengen Member States.

If the third-country applicant for the digital nomad permit wants to stay less than a year in Malta, he/she will receive a National Visa for the duration of the stay, rather than a residence card.

 

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The Malta Digital Nomad Residence Permit

Applicants for the Nomad Residence Permit must:

  1. Prove they can work remotely using telecommunication technologies.
  2. Be third country nationals.
  3. Prove they work in any of the following categories
  • Work for an employer registered in a foreign country and have a contract for this work, or
  • Perform business activities for a company registered in a foreign country, and be a partner/shareholder of said company, or
  • Offer freelance or consulting services, mainly to customers whose permanent establishment is in a foreign country, and have supporting contracts to verify this.

4. Earn a monthly income of €2,700 gross of tax. If there are additional family members, they will each have to satisfy the income requirements as specified by the Agency Policy.

 

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The Malta Digital Nomad Residence Permit

In additional, applicants must also:

  • Possess a valid travel document.
  • Have health insurance, which covers all risks in Malta.
  • Have a valid contract of property rental or property purchase.
  • Pass a background verification check.

 

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