Maltese citizenship by investment, now known as Maltese citizenship by naturalization for exceptional performance through direct investment, is aimed at high-net-worth individuals. Individual investors must contribute a minimum amount of €600,000 to the National Development Fund established by the government and prove 36 months of residency. Alternatively, there is an accelerated pathway that requires a €750,000 deposit and proof of 12-month residency. Investors must also contribute €50,000 for each additional dependent named in their application. In addition to the contributions, investors must invest an additional €700,000 in residential real estate or sign a lease with a minimum value of €16,000 per year, which must be maintained for five years. A mandatory donation of €10,000 to a registered philanthropic, cultural, sports, scientific, animal welfare or artistic non-governmental organization or society is also required.
After one to three years of residence, citizenship and a second Maltese passport are obtained. This in turn grants European citizenship and the ability to live, work and study anywhere in the EU.
MALTA PERMANENT RESIDENCE PROGRAM (MPRP)
The Malta Permanent Residency Program (MPRP) grants permanent residency rights to international investors upon payment of a government contribution of €98,000 and a mandatory charitable donation of €2,000 to a non-governmental organization (NGO) registered in Malta, plus application fees. Apart from the initial contributions, applicants must also sign a lease agreement for at least €10,000 per year for five years. The program provides a stable, low-risk investment pathway to obtaining a residence visa in an EU Schengen country. There is also no minimum length of stay for the residence permit.
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