Malta Citizenship and Residency Programs

  • High Net Worth Individuals Program
  • Malta Retirement Program
  • Highly Qualified Persons Rules (HQP)
  • Global Residence Program (GRP)
  • Individual Investors Program (IIP)
  • Malta Residence & Visa Program (MRVP)

Malta Citizenship Programs

High Net Worth Individuals Program

This is a residence program which appeals to nationals of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) including Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Applicants interested in this program must satisfy the following qualifying property criteria:

  • Applicants must purchase or lease property located in Maltese or Gozo prior to the date of the application.
  • If an applicant chooses to purchase a property, the value of the property must be priced at a minimum of €400,000.
  • On the other hand, if an applicant chooses to enter a contract of lease, the value of the property that will be rented must not be less than €20,000 per annum.

More information regarding Malta High Net Worth Individuals Rules

Tax Status - Income earned from investments made outside of Malta is subject to a 15% flat rate tax. HNWIs are eligible for Malta double taxation treaty relief. This means that Malta’s double tax agreements (or DTAs) with other countries is aimed to avoid double taxation.Tax treaties tend to reduce taxes of one treaty country for residents of the other treaty country to reduce double taxation of the same income.

More information regarding Malta Double Tax Treaties 

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Malta Retirement Program

The Malta Retirement Program (MRP) is a residency scheme designed to attract nationals of the EU, EEA and Switzerland to retire in Malta. This residency scheme is open to eligible applicants as long as the following criteria is satisfied:

  • Applicants must not be employed by any organisation, however may take part in activities related to any institution, trust or foundation in Malta.
  • Applicants must receive a pension as their source of income that makes up at least 75% of their taxable income and which is received in Malta.
  • Eligible applicants must purchase a property in Malta for a minimum of €275,000 or a minimum of €250,000 in Gozo. In the case of a lease agreement, the value of the property must have an annual rent of €9,600 in Malta or €8,750 in Gozo.
  • The applicant is required to submit a police conduct certificate to ensure that person is of good conduct and reputable status.
  • Applicants must have medical insurance, must not be a beneficiary of any other tax program or scheme in Malta and must not be domiciled in Malta.
  • The application fee for this scheme is €2,500 per application.

More information about the Malta Retirement Program Rules

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Highly Qualified Persons Rules (HQP)

The Highly Qualified Persons Rules (HQP) is a program that allows employees engaged by licensed / recognised operators in the financial services, remote gaming and aviation sectors to benefit from a flat rate of 15% tax on employment income derived in respect of work or duties carried out in Malta (or in respect of any period spent outside Malta in connection with such work or duties). The applicant must directly or indirectly acquire real estate rights over immovable property situated in Malta or must hold a beneficial interest directly or indirectly consisting in, inter alia, of real rights over immovable property situated in Malta.

More information regarding Malta Highly Qualified Persons Rules

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Global Residence Program (GRP)

Those qualified to benefit from the Global Residence Program (GRP) will be issued with a residence permit entitling them to reside in Malta and travel freely within the Schengen area without the need of applying for additional visas. They will also benefit from a reduced fixed tax rate of 15% on all foreign sourced income that is remitted to Malta. One must of course take the eligibility criteria into consideration. An individual shall therefore be entitled to apply for special tax status under the program. Property conditions must also be adhered to as follows:  

Qualifying Property; The main applicant purchase an immovable property in Malta for a minimum value of € 275,000 (or in Gozo or the south of Malta for a value of not less than €220,000);  or

Property Leasing; Lease an immovable property in Malta for not less than € 9,600 per annum, (or in Gozo or the south of Malta for an annual rent of not less than € 8750). The qualifying property must be retained and not shared with any persons not listed as a dependent on the certificate.   

More information regarding the Malta Global Residence Program (GRP)

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Individual Investors Program (IIP)

The Individual Investors Program (IIP) was launched by the Maltese government in 2014 with the intent and aim to attract quality investors to Malta, create new opportunities and thus a positive economic contribution to the country. All beneficiaries under the program are granted Maltese citizenship and issued with a Maltese passport.

A holder of a Maltese passport is not only entitled to study, work and reside anywhere within the European Union, but the passport also provides visa free travel to over 165 countries. Among the list of eligibility criteria is the acquisition or leasing of a Qualifying Immovable Property in Malta.

More information regarding the Malta Individual Investors Program (IIP)

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Malta Residence & Visa Program (MRVP)

Beneficiaries under the Malta Residence and Visa Program (MRVP) will be issued with a Maltese residence card valid for an initial period of five years and renewable every five years thereafter. 

A residence card will be issued – one which will entitle the holder to reside, settle and stay in Malta indefinitely, as well as to travel within the Schengen area without the need for applying for additional visas.  In this case, applicants must be third country nationals (TCN) and not citizens of Malta, the EU, EEA or Switzerland. Among the list of eligibility criteria is the acquisition or leasing of a Qualifying Immovable Property in Malta.

More information regarding The Malta Residence & Visa Program (MRVP)

 

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