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VISA FREE OR VISA ON ARRIVAL COUNTRIES

167

POPULATION

423,282

GDP PER CAPITA

USD 33 000


LOCATION

Southern Europe

CAPITAL

Valletta

LANGUAGE

English, Maltese

RELIGION

Catholic

GOVERNMENT TYPE

Parliamentary Republic

CURRENCY

Euro (EUR)


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Malta
 

Overview
 

Malta Citizenship Scheme is aimed at ultra-high net worth individuals. Individual investors must make a minimum contribution of €650,000 to the national development fund set up by the government, invest €150,000 in government approved financial instruments and commit to a residence in Malta for a minimum of 5 years.
The property value for purchased real estate needs to exceed €350,000. If the property leasing option is chosen, the minimum annual rent must be over €16,000. Each family member also has to contribute a sum to the development fund of €25,000 each. The benefits after one years’ residency are citizenship and a Maltese second passport. This in turn grants European citizenship and the ability to live, work and study anywhere in the EU.
 

Key Facts

 

There is no doubting the significant benefits of the Malta Individual Investor Programme. However, this is for very high net worth clients and investors and their family will need to invest typically €1.2 million upwards to obtain citizenship.
 

Advantages


The island’s legislative and regulatory systems provide a solid, yet flexible framework for business. Its economy is based mainly on foreign trade, manufacturing, tourism, finance and technology, and it has seen a steady recovery since 2009. Malta’s financial sector has grown as well, and since most of its banks have domestic debt, they have been largely untouched by the debt from periphery countries in the Eurozone. It also has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe. 

Malta not only offers excellent infrastructure for business, but also has favorable tax rates for corporations and individuals. Individuals who are residents and domiciled in Malta are taxed on their worldwide income. However, individuals who are either residents or domiciled in Malta are only taxed on their Maltese sourced income. Individuals are taxed at progressive rates up to 35%.

Given that living costs in Malta are lower than other countries in central Europe, expatriates can benefit from low cost international schools. In addition, its climate makes it an attractive location. The country also provides publicly funded healthcare for all individuals, as well as a private health system. Its health system is ranked fifth by the World Health Organization.

 

Benefits can be summarized as follows:
 

 

 

Financial Requirements


The combined upfront financial requirement, including applicable government charges and citizenship application fees, is just under EUR 900,000. These costs will increase slightly depending on the family size.
 
The Malta program includes three financial requirements:

 
Examples:

For Single Applicant: 


•    Property Rental Financial requirements    
€650,000 donation
€150,000 stocks/bonds
€16,000 p.a. property rental    
Gov. and processing fees 12-15%
 
•    Property Purchase Financial requirements    
€650,000 donation
€150,000 stocks/bonds
€350,000 property purchase    
Gov. and processing fees 9-12%
 
For Married Couple:

 

€650,000 donation
€150,000 stocks/bonds
€16,000 p.a. property rental    
Gov. and processing fees 12-15%

€650,000 donation
€150,000 stocks/bonds
€350,000 property purchase    
Gov. and processing fees 9-12%

 

Comparing Citizenship Programs


Malta is not the only country offering citizenship through investment. Cyprus is the most popular programme in Europe as a second passport can be gained in just 3-4 months through real estate investment. Bulgaria also offers citizenship through investment in bonds and citizenship in Portugal is possible through real estate after six years. For visa free travel there are also several programmes in the Caribbean including St. Kitts, Antigua and Dominica.

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