Citizenship in Malta

 

CITIZENSHIP IN MALTA

Maltese Citizenship is regulated by the Maltese Citizenship Act Cap 188 of the Laws of Malta.

 

BENEFITS OF MALTESE CITIZENSHIP

Malta is a member state of the European Union and is considered to have one of the lowest tax rates in Europe. Any individual that has been granted Maltese citizenship is entitled to benefit from all the rights that are granted to all Maltese nationals, including the right to enter, remain and reside in Malta, take up employment in Malta and enjoy rights of free movement derived under European law.

 

MALTESE CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH

The aquisition of Maltese independence in 1964 plays an important role in Maltese history and our independance from the United Kindgdom has left its effect on local citizenship rules. 

Citizenship by birth legislation is consequently divided as follows:

 i. Persons born pre-1964 are able to apply to become citizens of Malta, if they were born in Malta and at least one of their parents was born in Malta or they were born in the UK but their father and their grandfather was born in Malta.

ii. Persons born between 1964 and 1989 are able to apply for Maltese citizenship if they were born in Malta or they were born abroad, but their father was born in Malta.

iii. Persons born post 1989 are able to acquire Maltese citizenship if they were born in Malta or they were born abroad, but any one of their parents was born in Malta.

 

MALTESE CITIZENSHIP BY REGISTRATION

An individual may apply to become a citizen of Malta if his or her spouse is a Maltese citizen and they have been married for a period exceeding five years. This rule applies even if following the five year period the couple gets seperated or the Maltese spouse passes away.

A person may also apply to become a citizen of Malta if the person is a descendant of a citizen of Malta.

 

MALTESE CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALISATION

A foreign national may apply to become a citizen of Malta on the basis of naturalisation, if the individal has lived in Malta for a period exceeding six (6) years and during the said six year period, the person has physically resided in Malta for an aggregate period exceeding four years. Citizenship on the basis of naturalisation, is subject to ministerial approval and public interest requirements, including knowledge of the Maltese or English language and suitability of character.

 

MALTESE INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR PROGRAMME 

Malta has recently launched a programme entitled the Malta Individual Investor Programme ("MIIP"). The Malta Individual Investor Programme ("MIIP") is a programme designed to attract investment from foreign nationals of high net worth. The Programme entitles applicants and their dependants to submit an application in order to apply to become naturalised citizens of Malta. The programme is regulated by Legal Notice 47 of 2014 and the conditions applicable to the programme may be viewed by clicking the following link.

 

GVTH has a wealth of experience in handling applications for citizenship in Malta and our immigration department would be happy to assist you on any quiries you may have in relation to an application for Maltese citizenship. You can also read more about Maltese residency and citizenship here.

 This article was written by: Dr. Mark Hyzler, LL.B, LL.M.(Lond), LL.D who is a registered authorised mandatory in terms of the applicable regulations.

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