Updated: September 20, 2021 | 8 minute read

    Though smallest out of all states in the EU, Malta invites diverse residents with its natural beauty, Mediterranean life, and architectural brilliance. A Residency Permit takes you to the island country for your short-term purposes, allowing you to experience the flourishing industries in Malta.

    What are the programmes for Residency Permit in Malta? 

    For applicants to stay in Malta for more than three months for employment, studies, or other reasons, you may apply for the following programmes: 

    Malta Global Residency Programme (MGRP) 

    The Malta Global Residency Programme (MGRP) allows non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals to acquire a special tax status. The programme is for applicants looking to buy high-value property in Malta while benefiting from a special tax status and a residence permit. Who is eligible to apply? 

    • Third-country and non-Maltese/EEA/Swiss nationals 
    • Applicants with personal health insurance, as well as for the dependents 
    • Financially-stable and Fit and Proper Test passer 
    • Applicants with valid a travel document 
    • Applicants fluent in one of Malta’s official languages 
    • Holder of a qualifying property 
    • Applicants represented by an Authorised Registered Mandatory (ARM) 

    Successful applicants are subject to a minimum annual tax payment of €15,000 and the possibility of claiming double taxation relief. Income tax is at a rate of 15% on foreign source income remitted to Malta. With the MGRP, applicants can include their spouse, minors and children in their care and adopted adult children with special needs. 

     Malta Global Residency Programme (MGRP) 

    Malta Ordinary Residence Programme

    Ordinary Residency in Malta requires a physical stay in Malta for at least six months or at least 183 days in any calendar year. The permit is available for both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA applicants after staying in Malta for three months. For non-EU/EEA nationals, restrictions and conditions may apply regarding employment or self-employment rights. 

    Eligibility for this programme also depends on the applicant’s nationality. For EU/EEA nationals, meet the following qualifications: 

    • Financial stability 
    • Employment or studies in Malta 
    • Having family members in Malta 
    • Physical address evidence in Malta through buying or renting a property 
    • Physical stay in Malta for at least three months 

    For non-EU/EEA applicants: 

    • Physical address evidence in Malta through buying or renting a property 
    • Employment, self-employment, or holding a company in Malta 
    • An employment license is required to work in Malta. 
    • Self-employment requires an investment in Malta capital expenditure of at least €500,000 within six months from when Jobsplus issues the license. 
    • Have a business plan and commitment to recruit at least three EEA/Swiss/Maltese nationals within 18 months of establishment. 
    • The company must lead a project formally approved by Malta Enterprise and formally notified to Jobsplus. 
    • Self-employment applies to Shareholders of a Malta company, given that they have paid share capital of at least €500,000. Share capital cannot be redeemed, reduced, or transferred for the first two years and should be through cash or stock injection in Malta. 

    Successful applicants not domiciled in Malta are taxed on chargeable income arising in or remitted to Malta and on capital gains. You may renew your Ordinary Residence every five years. 

    Malta Single Permit Application

    The Single Permit authorizes third-country nationals to reside work in Malta for beyond six months legally. A local employer should endorse applications. They can be made even with the applicant still abroad or legally staying in Maltese territory. Successful applicants may further renew their permit. 

    Third-country nationals may apply for work, excluding international or humanitarian protection in Malta or a European Union Member State. For EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and family members, third-country nationals, the process does not apply to their right to work. 

    Malta has a lot to offer you. Get in touch with our team to learn more about Maltese residence.