Obtaining Maltese citizenship with the Individual Investor Programme

The IIP (Indi­vid­ual Investor Pro­gramme) of Mal­ta offers non-Euro­pean nation­als the oppor­tu­ni­ty to acquire the Mal­tese cit­i­zen­ship. This cit­i­zen­ship can be acquired by indi­vid­u­als and their imme­di­ate fam­i­lies if a con­tri­bu­tion is made to aid the devel­op­ment of Mal­ta. Not every­one can apply for the pro­gramme, and nation­als of Iran, Afghanistan and North Korea are exclud­ed.

The ben­e­fits of hav­ing a Euro­pean cit­i­zen­ship

The island nation Mal­ta is strate­gi­cal­ly locat­ed in the Mediter­ranean. It is the south­ern­most coun­try of Europe and offers a pleas­ant cli­mate all year round. The econ­o­my has been doing very well, and last year was yet anoth­er suc­cess for the coun­try. The banks in Mal­ta are sta­ble, the GDP is ris­ing and the unem­ploy­ment rate is low.

Mal­ta is a part of the Euro­pean Union, and the cit­i­zen­ship gives the pass­port hold­er the right of free move­ment with­in all 28 mem­ber states of the EU. This means that the pass­port hold­er can set­tle and work in any EU coun­try they wish. The Mal­tese pass­port also offers visa free trav­el to over 160 coun­tries.

Appli­ca­tion require­ments

In order to qual­i­fy for the pro­gramme the appli­cant has to ful­fil strin­gent require­ments and under­go thor­ough checks. It is nec­es­sary to either rent or buy real estate. When pur­chas­ing, the val­ue must be at least €350,000 and when rent­ing, the min­i­mum annu­al rent must be €16,000. The appli­cant also has to make a con­tri­bu­tion to the Nation­al Devel­op­ment and Social Fund. The amount depends on how many depen­dants the appli­cant wants to reg­is­ter as well, but for the main appli­cant the fee is €650,000. There are also oth­er fees, such as due dili­gence fees to cov­er the cost for checks, pass­port fees and bank charges.

The office of Dr Wern­er & Part­ner can assist you with the appli­ca­tion process. If you would like more infor­ma­tion you are wel­come to con­tact us for a per­son­al con­sul­ta­tion.

About Philipp Sauerborn

In 2005, Philipp Sauer­born joined the firm of St. Matthew in Lon­don, one of the lead­ing Ger­man account­ing firms in Eng­land renowned for its exper­tise in cor­po­rate, com­mer­cial and tax law, as a depart­ment head. After three years, he was a part­ner and man­ag­ing direc­tor.
Towards the end of 2011, he decid­ed to move to Mal­ta, where he first worked at inter­na­tion­al law firms and con­sul­tan­cies in an employed and con­sult­ing capac­i­ty. Since the begin­ning of 2013, he has been a senior employ­ee at Dr. Wern­er & Part­ner. Mr. Sauer­born is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing his ADIT ‑Advanced Diplo­ma in Inter­na­tion­al Tax.

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