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Malta PR Programme 2023 Guide

Malta has increasingly become a favored residency destination for investors, families and businesspeople. Thanks to its strong and stable economic environment, strategic geographic positioning, and steady political climate, the country caters to the needs demanded by the global market. All which make it an attractive place for foreign investment.

The Malta Permanent Residence Program (MPRP) is an appealing program offered to businesspeople, individuals and families. The program presents flexible investment options through property and government contributions leading to residency in a quick turnaround time of 4-6 months. It’s a valuable option for anyone considering to make Malta their second home.

The following guide sets out to give you all the much anticipated programme details. Answering all the how’s, who’s, what’s and when’s so you can fully grasp the programme and decide if it’s the way, or better yet, place to go for you.

What is the Malta Permanent Residence Programme?

The Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) enables investors to obtain Permanent Residency in Malta and live comfortably as a Maltese residence. The programme is designed to showcase the attractiveness of Malta, such as safety, economic and political stability and high quality infrastructure and healthcare.

As of mid-2023, the programme gives investors the option to buy or lease property along with contributions and donations to secure permanent residency in Malta. Originally opened in 2015, the Malta permanent residence programme went through a series of revisions in 2021 to ensure quality candidates and an effective due diligence process.
Malta property

Why Matla?

Malta is an exquisite European archipelago nestled in the Mediterranean sea, to the south of Italy and east of Tunisia. Just what you might envision given the location — jagged cliffs, stunning beaches and ancient sites. The small, yet important nation bore witness to a mesh of culture and empires over time. Malta is a unique country, and part of the European Union.

Being a permanent residence of Malta means you will have the freedom to travel visa-free throughout the EU as any EU resident.

Marsaxlokk, Malta

Malta Permanent Residence 2023 Highlights

Upon approval of your MPRP application, you will be a Maltese resident and be eligible to reap the following benefits:
No relocation requirements
No requirement to live in Malta to maintain your residence permit to maintain your Maltese residence status.
Visa-Free Access to Schengen area
Travel through the entire 26 country Schengen zone and stay for up to 3 months at a time with your Malta residence permit.
Renewable indefinitely
The Malta residence card is valid for five years with the option to renew.
Pathway to citizenship
Potential to acquire Maltese citizenship under specific conditions.
183 days to be tax residency
Live in Greece for 183 days per year to be a qualified tax resident.
Rights to establish a business in Malta
As a permanent residence holder you will have the right to start and operate a business in Malta.
Includes your dependents
Include up to four generation of dependents on your Malta permanent residency application
Mediterranean Lifestyle
Enjoy all the perks of high quality healthcare, education, and a comfortable lifestyle with your Maltese residency.

Malta Permanent Residence Programme Investment Options

Okay, so you’re sold on Malta and are ready to put your money down and secure residency in this dreamy island oasis. Let us lay out the investment options to obtain permanent residence you.

Investors have the choice of:

1. Purchasing a property for a minimum value of €300,000 in the South of Malta/Gozo or €350,000 in the rest of Malta and pay a government fee of €28,000; or,

2. Renting/leasing a property for at least €10,000 in the South of Malta/Gozo, or €12,000 in all other areas and pay a government fee of €58,000

Property Purchase

Through property acquisition, applicants are required to purchase a residential property in Malta. If the property is located in the south of Malta or Gozo the minimum investment amount is €300,000. Whereas in the rest of the country the minimum investment amount is €350,000. On top of the property purchase, there is an application fee of €68,000 plus a donation of €2,000 to an approved NGO in Malta. 

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Property Lease

Qualified applicants can choose to lease property as opposed to purchasing property. If the rental property is location in the south of Malta or Gozo the lease must be €10,000 per year. While properties anywhere else in Malta require a minimum lease amount of €12,000 per year. Beyond your yearly lease amount, you will need to pay a €98,000 application fee to the Maltese government, donate €2,000 to an approved NGO in Malta and more. After you’ve rented a property, you are still eligible to purchase a property later, making this a strategic option for anyone testing the real estate market or eyeing their dream home for some time before purchase. 

Eligibility and Requirements

Key Requirements

The Residency Malta Agency ensures qualified and reputable candidates. Overall, the minimum eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • be third country nationals, non EU, non EEA and non Swiss;
  • not originate from sanctioned countries
  • not gain any advantages under other applicable regulations and schemes;
  • be in receipt of stable and regular financial resources, sufficient to maintain themselves and their dependents, without recourse to the social assistance system of Malta;
  • must possess capital assets of a minimum value of €500,000 with at least €150,000 being financial resources.
  • clean criminal record; and pose no threat to national security

Dependents

The MPRP program allows applicants to add up to four generations of dependents to their applications. This includes, the applicant and spouse, children under 18 years of age, dependents over 18 years of age, parents and grandparents. An additional fee of €7500 is tacked on for every adult dependent added to the applicant.

Application Process

The Residency Malta Agency is the body in charge of handling and promoting the program. Upon attracting qualified applicants they oversee a stringent four-tier due diligence and screening process. The Residency Malta Agency also ensures yearly program compliance.

The Maltese permanent residence program is a relatively quick process, and upon qualifying residency can be sorted in as little as four to six months.
Malta Residence

Get permanent residency through the MPRP in 7 steps

1.     Power of Attorney: To start the application process, the Main Applicant needs to sign a Power of Attorney (POA) document. This document allows the licensed agent to act on behalf of the Main Applicant for the MPRP.

2.     Lodge Application: The agent will submit the application and give the applicant a receipt.

3.     Due Diligence: The Agency applies a rigorous four-tier due diligence process to 1. Ensure applicants are reputable; 2. Verify a complete and correct application, and highlight potential risk factors; 3. Police clearance, including Interpol and Europol and potential sanctions against family members or associated businesses; 4. Put together the applicants “story” painting a coherent picture of the applicant and family members.

4.     Approval Board: The complete file is submitted to the approval board who will either issue a Letter of Approval in Principal (LAP) or rejection.

5.     Biometrics and Residency Card: Upon receiving a LAP, applicants and their families can travel to Malta and have their biometrics done to process Malta residence permit cards. However the cards won’t be issued until after the investment is secured.

6.     Make Investments: Settle the required investment either through property purchase or lease, along with all fees and donation.

7.     Annual Compliance: The Agency will request the agent to provide proof of leased property and sickness insurance coverage for the beneficiary every year for the first five years. This should be done by submitting a lease contract and an annual policy. After five years, the Agency can request these documents at its own discretion.

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MPRP Summary


All-in-all, the Malta Permanent Residency Program is a cost-effective alternative to Malta’s Citizenship by Naturalization for Exceptional Services Program. It provides a reliable option for obtaining long-term residency in Europe and visa-free access to the Schengen area.

To obtain citizenship in Malta, individuals must be willing to be a tax resident and live in the country for six months each year for seven years. While this may require relocation, it provides a permanent solution. Otherwise, investors will enjoy permanent residency in Malta, allowing them to travel visa-free for life and reside in a safe and tax-friendly European island nation.

The Maltese residency by investment program enables you to establish permanent residency in Malta and travel without visa restrictions across Schengen for 90 out of 180 days. Additionally, you can take advantage of Malta’s reasonably priced real estate market along with up to four generations of family members.

Gozo, Malta

Apply for the Malta Permanent Residence Programme with Lincoln Global Partners

The MPRP is an exceptional opportunity for individuals to gain EU residency in this beautiful island nation. Malta residence offers many benefits such as economic and investment opportunities, enhanced global mobility and the ability to live, work and study in Malta. A sure bet destination with a stable political climate and a strong economy, Malta is not to be overlooked when it comes to residency investment.

Lincoln Global Partners is a specialist international investment migration firm with offices in the UK, UAE and Brazil. Our professionals are experts in the field of citizenship by investment and we are ready to assist you every step of the way with your Greece Golden Visa application.

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