Malta is a small archipelago that is filled with friendly locals, medieval castles, fossil-studded cliffs, glorious beaches, warm oceans, and a history of fascinating intensity.
The Malta Residence and Visa Programme (MRVP) was launched in August 2015. It offers non-EU foreign investors the ability to obtain a valid European residence permit quickly and legally. Applicants and their families are able to live in the country and can travel freely to all countries in the EU Schengen Area. The programme requires investors to make a €30,000 contribution to the government of Malta and to make a qualifying investment within the country of at least €250,000. Applicants also need to purchase real estate for at least €320,000 (or €270,000 if the property is in Gozo or the South of Malta) or rent property in Malta for a minimum of €12,000 annually (or €10,000 per year if in Gozo or the South of Malta). Investors can apply for Long Term Residence status and naturalisation as Maltese citizen after five years on condition that they do not leave the country for more than six months in total.
Spouse or de facto partner
Children under the age of 18
Unmarried children between the ages of 18 and 26
Parents and grandparents aged 55 and over
To apply for the Malta Residence and Visa Program, investors need to pay a contribution of €30,000 to the Government of Malta. €5,500 of the contribution is a non-refundable administrative fee that should be paid when submitting the application. Applicants also need to invest an initial value of €250,000 in debt or equity securities listed on the Malta Stock Exchange, which needs to be held for 5 years from the date of the issuance of the certificate.
Finally, applicants also need to rent or buy a qualifying property in Malta to be eligible for the residency program. Investors must purchase a property in Malta for at least €320,000. If the property is located in Gozo or the South of Malta, the minimum purchase amount is €270,000. To qualify by renting real estate, an investor must lease a property in Malta with a minimum annual rent of €12,000. If the property is in Gozo or the South of Malta, the minimum lease amount is €10,000 per year.
Malta is ranked as the second safest country in the world according to the World Risk Report, and the country offers its citizens first-class health service, a top educational system, and an excellent climate. Fitch has rated it as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. It is politically and economically stable and offers investors excellent business opportunities. Applicants can apply for Long Term Residence status and naturalisation as Maltese citizen after five years on condition that they do not leave the country for more than six months in total. It is also possible to become a Citizen by Investment.