HOW CAN YOU BECOME A PERMANENT RESIDENT OF MALTA AND ACCESS THE EU THROUGH THIS EXCITING NEW PROGRAMME?
Since 2015, individuals who were born in or are citizens of countries outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland have been eligible to apply for permanent residence in Malta through the Malta Residence and Visa Programme (MRVP), and many are already enjoying the extraordinary benefits of being a permanent resident in a safe and stable EU Member State.
Applying for resident status through the MRVP involves a two-step process. First, you must satisfy our due diligence procedure, background checks and the general application requirements in order to qualify for a Residence Certificate. Once you have qualified, you will be required to make a three-tiered economic contribution involving a contribution, an investment in property in Malta and a monetary investment in the Maltese economy.
See the information below for the details of each step.
STEP 1. QUALIFYING FOR A RESIDENCE CERTIFICATE
To qualify for the programme, you must:
- be at least 18 eighteen years of age
- have an annual income of not less than €100,000 arising outside Malta, or possess capital of not less than €500,000
- have stable and regular resources sufficient to support you and any of your dependents
- be in possession of valid travel documents
- be covered by a global health insurance policy with full hospital coverage for each individual for not less than €30,000Malta has developed a four-tier due diligence process which is carried out directly by the responsible Government agency known as Identity Malta. All eligibility criteria must be satisfied in order for your application to proceed.
Malta has developed a four-tier due diligence process which is carried out directly by the responsible Government agency known as Identity Malta. All eligibility criteria must be satisfied in order for your application to proceed.
You and your dependants must show you are in good standing, and various background checks will be conducted to verify that you:
- have no criminal record from your country of birth or any country you have lived in for more than six months in the last 10 years
- have a certificate from a reputable health system proving that you as the main applicant and all of your dependants are in good health and will not be an unreasonable burden on the national health system
INITIAL FEES AND CONTRIBUTIONS
- Initial Fee of €5,500 (non-refundable) to be paid on submission of your application
- Additional €5,000 per dependant (excluding children of the main applicant and/or the spouse)
STEP2. CONTRIBUTIONS AND INVESTMENTS
To qualify for the programme, you must:
- Pay the remaining contribution fee of €24,500, plus €5,000 per additional adult applicant as applicable
- Pay card fees amounting to €27.50 per person per year
Hold a qualifying property for a minimum of 5 years from the date the Residency Certificate was issued, either by:
Purchasing a property that is to the value of either:
- A minimum of €270,000 for properties situated in Gozo and the south of Malta, or
- A minimum of €320,000 for properties situated in the rest of Malta
Rent a property with a rental value of either:
- A minimum of €10,000 per annum for properties situated in Gozo or the south of Malta, or
- A minimum of €12,000 per annum for properties situated in the rest of Malta
INVESTMENTS IN THE MALTESE ECONOMY
- Hold a qualifying investment of not less than €250,000 for a minimum of 5 years from the date the Residency Certificate was issued.
REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSLATIONS
If the original documents are in a language other than English, you will need to provide certified translations of the documents into English prepared by a professional translator and authorised by one of the following:
- Step 1: Licensed lawyer
- Step 2: Notary public
- Step 3: Maltese consular or diplomatic officer
- Step 4: Senior officer of the concessionaire
If a lawyer or a notary public is not Maltese, then all certifications must be under Apostille as well
WHO ARE MY DEPENDANTS?
The following list of individuals qualify as your dependants:
- your spouse in a monogamous marriage or in another relationship with the same or a similar status to marriage, unless the Minister authorises otherwise on a case by case basis
- your child, including an adopted child and/or your spouse’s child who is less than eighteen years of age
- your child or your spouse’s child who is over eighteen years and who is not married and who proves that he is not economically active and is principally dependant on you as the main applicant
- your parent or grandparent or your spouse’s parent or grandparent who can prove that he or she is not economically active and is principally dependant on you as the main applicant
- your child or your spouse’s child who is at least eighteen years of age, and who has been certified by a recognized medical professional as having a disability in terms of the Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act and who is living with, and is fully supported by, you as the main applicant
IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAMME, YOU MUST PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING AS ORIGINALS OR CERTIFIED COPIES WITH TRANSLATIONS IF NOT IN ENGLISH (SEE REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSLATIONS BELOW):
- personal identity documents including your passport, birth certificate and your marriage certificate (if married)
- police clearance certificate/s from your country of birth and any country you have resided in for at least six months in the last 10 years
- a certificate from a reputable health system to prove you and your dependents are in good health and are in possession of a valid health insurance policy
- proof of the required financial contributions (receipts of payment)
- an affidavit declaring that from the date of the application onwards, you have either an annual income of not less than €100,000 arising outside of Malta or you have capital of not less than €500,000
- proof of compliance with the property requirement (deeds or lease agreements)
- an affidavit of support for each of your dependents over 18 years of age with the exception of your spouse.
- Additional documents may also be requested by Identity Malta in certain circumstances. Prospera will inform you of any such requirement as soon as it is known.
- If you make a false representation, false statement or conceal any material fact, the application may be declined.
Enjoy the benefits of permanent residence in Malta!
Once you have satisfied the requirements of both step 1 and step 2, you will be able to enjoy the right to reside or settle permanently in Malta. With permanent resident status you will also be able to move freely through all the countries in the Schengen Area. You and your family will be able to enjoy living in a country with a moderate cost of living and safe, stable society.