Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme

The Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme (also known as the Malta Individual Investor Programme, MIIP) is the first EU Approved citizenship programme.

This Citizenship Programme will award the applicant, and any family members on the application, Maltese Citizenship for life that can be passed onto future generations.

As Malta Residency experts and accredited agents, our trusted advisers already have a wealth of experience dealing in this complex area. We will assist and advise you through the whole process of the Individual Investor Programme application. Papilio Services Limited boasts the retention and service offered to our clients, and we will guarantee that you, and your family, are provided with the best assistance possible.

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Malta’s Citizenship by Investment Programme explained by the Managing Director of Papilio Services

Benefits of having a Maltese Passport:

  • The Maltese passport is the 7th strongest in the world. It offers visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 182 destinations including Canada, US and the EU.
  • It offers the right to live, work, and study in any of the 28 EU countries and Switzerland.
  • Malta has a stable political, social and economic environment.
  • Malta is located strategically with prime international flight and sea connections.
  • English speaking environment.
  • Malta is home to world-renowned healthcare and educational facilities that are open to all who reside in Malta.
  • Malta’s tax structure is designed to appeal to high net worth individuals their families.
  • Malta has double-taxation agreements with over 70 countries.

Am I Eligible to Become a Citizen of Malta


Successful applicants to the Malta Individual Investor Programme must meet all the application requirements. The main applicant of the MIIP must:

  • Be a least 18 years of age;
  • Be fit and proper with no criminal record (a due diligence exercise is carried out by the Maltese Inland Revenue Department before the granting of the residency status);
  • Be covered by a global health insurance policy (minimum cover of €50,000). All persons on the need to be included;
  • Contribute to the National Development and Social Fund (please see below for more information);
  • Provide evidence of title (lease or ownership) to a residential property in Malta (a minimum of €16,000 annual rent or €350,000 purchase value);
  • Have been a legal resident of Malta for 12 months before the issue of the certificate of naturalisation;
  • Invest a minimum of €150,000 in local investments (a list of eligible investments are provided). You must hold these investments for a minimum of 5 years.

For more detailed information on these requirements, please visit our Malta IIP Eligibility page.

What is the Application Process for the Individual Investor Programme?

Submissions for the MIIP goes through a Maltese Authorised Registered Mandatory. Thomas Jacobsen, the Managing Director of Papilio Services, is an Accredited Person for Malta IIP. Identity Malta (a government institution) will then process the application and offer citizenship if successful.

Step 1: You must acquire a place in Malta to live in (usually temporary rented accommodation). After receiving an address in Malta, you must file, in person, an application for a residence permit in Malta.

Step 2: You must now complete and apply for naturalisation as a citizen of Malta in person (accompanied by the applications for any dependents). Identity Malta will perform initial checks and issue an acknowledgement.

Step 3: Identity Malta will process the application(s) and, if accepted, issue a letter of approval in principle together with an invoice for the balance of the contribution to the National Development and Social Fund.

Step 4: Within four months from the date of the letter of approval in principle, you must prove that you have fulfilled your contractual undertakings. These undertakings include the property, local investment and health insurance requirements.

Step 5: The certificate(s) of naturalisation will, if all relevant requirements have been satisfied, be issued 12 months after the date on the residence permit. Maltese passport(s) can subsequently be issued.

For more detailed information on the application process, please visit our Malta IIP application process page.

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Malta's Sliema Point. A popular shopping destination as well as an exclusive residential area

Malta’s Tigne Point, also know as ‘The Point’, is a popular shopping destination as well as being a home to exclusive residential apartments.

What are the official fees for Malta’s Citizenship by Investment Programme?

When considering the merits of applying for the Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme, you should be aware of the relevant application fees.

These are the three main fees to consider; Contribution to the National Development and Social Fund, Due Diligence Fee’s and Passport and Bank Fee’s.

Passport and Bank Fee’s

Passport fee: €500 per person
Bank charges: €200 per application

A non-refundable €5,000 is payable on applying for a residence permit, and another non-refundable €5,000 is payable on applying for naturalisation as a citizen of Malta. The deposits are offset against the primary applicant’s contribution.

For more detail, please continue to our Malta IIP fees page to find out all you need to know before the start of the Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme.

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Blue Lagoon in Comino. One of Malta’s most beautiful and popular tourist attractions.

Malta Citizenship by Investment FAQ’s

What are the Tax Provisions in Malta?

What can you expect in terms of the Maltese tax provisions on your income, remitted income and other taxation policies?

Income Tax Provisions – Remittance Basis (not World-Wide Basis)

If you’re a resident, but not domiciled in Malta, you’re taxed on:

(a) any income and capital gains arising in Malta.
(b) any income (excluding capital gains) remitted to Malta.

Once you become a citizen and become domiciled in Malta, you’re taxed on any income and capital gains received in Malta.

Current Tax Rates

Standard progressive income tax rates apply in Malta. The current maximum tax rate is set at 35% on income above €60,000.

Double Taxation Relief

Malta has established double taxation treaties with over 70 countries. Several other agreements have been signed but are not yet enforced.

Other Beneficial Taxes

  • No wealth tax in Malta
  • No inheritance tax in Malta
  • 5% stamp duty on acquiring a property

For more detailed information about Malta’s individual and business tax rates, look at our page on taxation.

Who can process my application for citizenship?

The Malta Individual Investor Programme applications are only submitted to Identity Malta through the services of an accredited person. As an accredited agent, Thomas Jacobsen (Managing Director of Papilio Services) can assist you and your family with any residency matters.

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Are you considering becoming a citizen of Malta? Papilio Services offer a variety of services for business and individuals from residency programmes, company formation, tax advice and much more. We pride ourselves on client retention and quality service, offering bespoke and tax-efficient solutions for international companies and individuals.

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