In today's day and time, more and more people are willing to seek alternative residency status for better opportunities and stability. Some are even looking to have increased mobility.
Malta has become one of Europe’s most dynamic economies, making Malta Permanent Residence by Investment an attractive and convenient option for non-European nationals.
The Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) helps non-European nationals acquire Permanent Residency by investment in Malta. The lifetime status holds many benefits, including visa-free travel to the Schengen countries.
While the other countries offer various programmes for foreign nationals, the MPRP stands out, especially for non-EU/EEA/Swiss high-net-worth individuals.
This article will help you gather all the information you require about the Malta Permanent Residency Programme.
Learn the ins and outs of the programme with us!
Why should you become a Resident of Malta?
Different people might have different reasons to take up an alternative or second residence. There are many reasons why moving to Malta is an ideal option for you and your family.
Malta is a member of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen Area. The fast-growing economy is rated A+ by Fitch and A2 by Moody’s, presenting endless opportunities for investors. Its geographical location opens many opportunities to non-EU/EEA/Swiss families and business persons.
Malta was voted the 2nd safest country in the world in 2020 and is popular for having one of the best climates globally. Through the MPRP, you can access the country’s top educational system and first-class health services.
Malta is also a member of the (British) Commonwealth. The country’s base currency is Euro (€), with English as a primary language.
So we ask, why not Malta?
Benefits of Permanent Residency in Malta
Everyone who makes a decision to become a resident of Malta is attracted to its natural beauty and architecture; relaxed lifestyle; the affordable cost of living; and its rich historical culture.
The MPRP aims to jumpstart your life in Malta without the tedious renewals and minimum physical stays. The lifetime status allows you to enjoy the following benefits:
Family Security through Permanent Residency in Malta
- Live in one of the safest countries in the world, according to the World Risk Report
- Have access to leading health care institutions
- Provide world-class education for your children
- Immediately feel at home with cosmopolitan roots in family and language
- Retain lifetime permanent residency visa for children even after reaching adulthood without reapplying
- Remain confidential as there are no name publications
- Enjoy personal security for yourself and your family, in case you need to move due to instability in your native country
- Gain the right to purchase a second home
Settlement Benefits to Malta PR holders
- The right to indefinitely reside, settle and stay in Malta
- Grow in a progressive country
- Live the Mediterranean life
- Revel in the warm summers and moderate winters
- Easily communicate through English as an official language
- Settle down with a practical yet opportunity-rich standard of living
- Have infinite profitable investment property options
- Live in a pollution-free environment
- Affordable yet amazing standard of living
Travel Benefits with Malta PR Card
- Mobility is key. Get visa-free access to the 26 European Schengen areas for a lifetime
- No more visa applications or Schengen visa blocks in case of instability
- That means no more time-consuming Schengen visa application hassles
- Travel without conflicts with your existing citizenship
Business Benefits with Malta PR
- Have your operations based in the European Union’s fast-growing economy and the world’s largest economic zone, rated A+ by Fitch
- Opportunity for unlimited access to the world’s largest economic zone reaching a population of over 500 million people
- Maximise investment options in a stable and booming real estate market
You might also be interested in the 10 Things To Consider About A Second Residency.
What does the Programme grant?
Applying for the Malta Permanent Residency by Investment Programme opens more opportunities for non-EU nationals. Once the application is successful, you may have the following:
- Ability to apply for long-term residence.
- Opportunity for the principal applicant to add children born or adopted after the approval date subject to an additional contribution and successful due diligence checks.
- Possibility for children of the principal applicant, the spouse, and any direct dependants, subject to an additional contribution and successful due diligence checks.
Requirements for Malta Permanent Residency
- Minimum 18 years of age and a non-EU citizen
- Be able to invest in necessary amounts to meet qualifying requirements
- Need to maintain and hold the property investment for a minimum of five years
- Maintain health and have a clean criminal record
- Acquire global health insurance coverage
- Submit a record of sufficient funds and proof of assets of at least €500,000, with at least €150,000 in financial assets.
With the possibility of applying for multi-generations, the principal applicant's direct dependants may obtain the same benefits of the Permanent Residency in Malta.
Malta PR Cost
The MPRP has two investment options for applicants who want to invest in or rent Malta properties. You may opt for the Full Contribution or Reduced Contribution. Regardless of your choice, the lifetime benefits will still be the same.
Full Contribution Option
- Contribution to Government - €98,000
- Mandatory charitable donation to a Maltese registered NGO - €2,000
- Renting of a residential unit for five years in the South of Malta and Gozo - €10,000
- Contribution to Government - €68,000
- Mandatory charitable donation to a Maltese registered NGO - €2,000
- Purchasing of a residential unit for five years in the South of Malta and Gozo - €300,000
You may also opt for the Real Estate option and rent or purchase real estate in other areas of Malta. The minimum rent is €12,000 per annum, and the minimum purchase price is €350,000.
Malta Permanent Residency Application Process Timeline
How long does it take to succeed in your MPRP application?
Following a careful, efficient process, your certificate of residency in Malta may take months. Follow the step-by-step application process timeline for the Malta PR card:
Step1: Engagement Stage
- Initial due diligence checks
- Letter of engagement
- Optional background verification report
Engagement Stage Costs:
- Variable cost for initial professional fees and background verification report
Step 2: Compilation and Submission Stage
- Collection of documents
- Preparation of forms
- Submission of application to RMA
- RMA Submission Fees for €10,000
- Variable cost for professional fees
Step 3: RMA Processing Stage
- Start of RMA due diligence
- Independent due diligence review
- Possibility of clarification requests
Step4: Approval Stage
- Letter of approval issued by RMA
- Payment of contribution to RMA2
- Fulfilment of government contribution
- Fulfilment of qualifying property
Approval Stage Costs:
- Application Administrative Fee of €30,000 and €7,500 for each parent and grandparent
- Government Contribution of €28,000 or € 58,000, depending on the chosen option
- Mandatory Donation to Maltese registered NGO of €2,000
- Qualifying Property, minimum purchase of €300,000 or minimum rent of €10,000 per annum
- Variable qualifying Insurance, Malta medical insurance
Step 5: Malta Permanent Residency Stage
- Certificate of residence issued
- Collection of biometric data in Malta
- Malta residence card issued
Step 6: EU Long-Term Residency
- Lived in Malta for five years
- Proof of stable & regular income
- Complied with integration measures
Download our guide for the definition of costs and additional information.
Non-EU nationals are granted EU Long-Term Residency (LTR) rights after five years of uninterrupted legal stay in the EU state with a stable and regular source of income, health insurance, and having complied with integration measures. The EU LTR brings closer many of the benefits of citizenship, which include:
- Access to employment and self-employed activity
- Education and vocational training
- Social protection and assistance (at least core benefits)
- Possibility, under certain conditions, to move from one EU State to another
The Maltese Citizenship Act (Cap.188) states that a person who has resided in Malta for five years during the seven years preceding the application is eligible to apply for Maltese citizenship.
You must have resided in Malta throughout the twelve months immediately preceding the date of application. You must have also lived in Malta for periods amounting to a minimum of four years during the six years preceding the above period of twelve months.
Applying for MPRP
Malta’s jurisdiction is an attractive option if you are looking for opportunities to relocate. Applying for the Malta Permanent Residency Programme could be your next best investment. Understand the programme inside out, apply for you and your family, and walk through the whole feasible process with Endevio.
Endevio is a notable Malta-based firm that delivers excellence and quality in advising high-net-worth clients on their private affairs. Our scope is to help high-net-worth clients design and put in place a unified, holistic and workable structure to hold their assets and manage them in conjunction with other professional advisors.
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