Updated: December 21, 2021 | 7 minute read
    If you have been dreaming about living the Mediterranean life, then your best option is to move to Malta. Located between Sicily and the North African coast, the island nation is a European Union member that takes pride in its world-class healthcare and educational systems. Malta can be your dream home!  

    Foreign nationals have two options to live in Malta: the Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment, which grants citizenship, and the Malta Permanent Residency Programme (MPRP). But which of the two should you go for?  

    Both citizenship and permanent residency in Malta offer several benefits to investors. Let us list down the main differences between the two statuses and determine which programme best suits your plans. 

     
    Top 13 Differences between Malta Citizenship and Malta Residency

     

    Citizenship in Malta

    The Maltese government launched the Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment, a.k.a. Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations in 2020. The programme grants a certificate or regulations permit to highly talented high-net-worth individuals and families who can contribute to the economic development of Malta.  

    Investors have two options to acquire Maltese citizenship:  

    1. Apply for citizenship after one year (12 months) of residency in Malta with the contribution of €750,000  
    2. Apply for citizenship after three years (36 months) of residence with a minimum contribution of €600,000  

    Upon successful application through the programme, you acquire a complete set of rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities as those of Maltese citizens. You also automatically get the right to live, work, and study in Malta and all 27 European Union countries.  

    The Maltese passport, renewed with a validity of 10 years, gives investors the freedom to access 184 countries.  

    What about the future generations? Children born in or outside Malta with at least one Maltese parent has the right to become a Maltese citizen. Moreover, your citizenship cannot be easily revoked. It’s for a lifetime!  

     

    What's the difference between Citizenship and Permanent Residency?

       

    Permanent Residency in Malta

    Through the Malta Permanent Residency Programme (MPRP), non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals can settle in Europe’s leading investment location. It is available for applicant who are more than 18 years of age.  

    Investors have two options to acquire Maltese Permanent Residency:  

    1. Full Contribution, consisting of:  
    • 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
    2. Reduced Contribution, consisting of:  
     
    • 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

    As a permanent resident of Malta, you have the legal right to live in Malta and its ancillary rights. However, unlike with citizenship, you will need to acquire work permits to work in Malta. After five years of residency, you eventually gain the right to live, work and study in EU countries.  

    Application for permanent residency is available to five generations:

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    Permanent residents can travel to 26 European Schengen countries. Moreover, residency cards are renewed with a validity of five years. Take note that your permanent residency is for a lifetime, but it is revocable because of offences.

    How can Endevio help you?

    Live in Malta and enjoy the country’s multiple benefits for citizens and permanent residents. Whichever programme you go for, the Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment or the MPRP, you can certainly successfully move to the island nation with your family.  

    Our team consists of immigration law experts who know the ins and out of the programmes available in Malta. We can guide you through the appropriate application process. We are also constantly updated with new information about immigration to Malta, making us a reliable source of knowledge for all your needs!  

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