Updated: August 26, 2021 | 19 minute read

    If you are in this section, this means you are looking for a unique strategy to safeguard your future prosperity and security.

    If you are a third-country national, then you and your family can permanently relocate to Malta through Malta Permanent Residency Program that grants you a Maltese residence permit.

    Through Malta PR, you and your family get the right to reside, settle and stay indefinitely in Malta. It is done by issuing you with a lifetime Permanent Residence Certificate together with a Malta Residence Card.

    In simple words, you and your family can take up Malta Permanent Residence through the Malta Residency by Investment Program.

    Given that Malta is a member of the European Union and also the Schengen area, you enjoy unrestricted entry into Malta as well as free movement within the Schengen Area, within the Schengen agreement. This means you can cross internal borders without checks.

    But first, let us first start with,

    Benefits of Malta Residency by Investment

    The Malta Permanent Residency Program gives the opportunity to Non-European Nationals and their families to settle in Malta.
     
    Living in Malta can have numerous benefits, we thought we’ll make it easier for you and list them down.
     
    Business Benefits with Malta PR
    • Base your operations in the European Union’s fastest-growing economy;

    • Opportunity for unlimited access to the European Union, the world’s largest economic zone;

    • Profit from a tax-efficient system on both personal and corporate;

    • You can get tax residency status on showing ordinary residence in Malta;

    • Investment options in a stable and booming real estate market;

    • The possibility of tax benefits under the Global Residence Program as well.

    You might also be interested in the 10 Things To Consider About A Second Residency.

    Family Security through Permanent Residency in Malta
    • Relax in one of the safest countries in the world;

    • Access to leading health care institutions;

    • Secure your children’s future through a world-class education system;

    • Apply for a European Long-Term Residence Permit after 5 years in Malta;

    • Personal security for you and your family, in case of instability in your native country;

    • Affordable real estate options for buying a second home;

    • The eligibility to apply for naturalisation as a Maltese citizen.


    Travel Benefits with Malta PR Card
    • Mobility is key. Lifetime travel without border checks across 26 Schengen visa countries.

    • That means no more time-consuming Schengen visa application hassles.

    SCHENGEN COUNTRIES

    Visa-free entry to Schengen Countries

     
    Visa-free entry to Austria
    Austria
     
    Visa-free entry to Czech Republic
    Czech Republic
     
    Visa-free entry to Denmark
    Denmark
     
    Visa-free entry to Estonia
    Estonia
     
    Visa-free entry to Finland
    Finland
     
    Visa-free entry to France
    France
     
    Visa-free entry to Germany
    Germany
     
    Visa-free entry to Greece
    Greece
     
     
    Visa-free entry to Hungary
    Hungary
     
    Visa-free entry to Iceland
    Iceland
     
    Visa-free entry to Italy
    Italy
     
    Visa-free entry to Lithuania
    Lithuania
     
    Visa-free entry to Luxembourg
    Luxembourg
     
    Visa-free entry to Netherlands
    Netherlands
     
    Visa-free entry to Norway
    Norway
     
    Visa-free entry to Poland
    Poland
     
    Visa-free entry to Portugal
    Portugal
     
    Visa-free entry to Slovakia
    Slovakia
     
    Visa-free entry to Slovenia
    Slovenia
     
    Visa-free entry to Spain
    Spain
     
    Visa-free entry to Sweden
    Sweden
     
    Visa-free entry to Switzerland
    Switzerland
     
    Visa-free entry to Liechtenstein
    Liechtenstein
     
    Settlement Benefits to Malta PR holders
    • The right to indefinitely reside, settle and stay in Malta;

    • Enjoy a progressive and politically stable country;

    • Live the relaxed Mediterranean life;

    • Enjoy the warm summers and moderate winters;

    • Easily communicate through English as an official language;

    • Affordable yet amazing standard of living;

    • Infinite profitable investment property options;

    • Pollution-free environment.

     

    So by now, we believe that you have a good idea about the benefits that come with Maltese residency. But, if you still have any query, please feel free to reach out to us at info@endevio.com.

    Malta Residence and Visa Program Cost

    First things first... You are NOT required to pay the entire amount in one go.

    The outlay structure is divided into different sections, namely:
     
    • Contribution to the Government of Malta;

    • Property Purchase or Rental Requirements (Qualifying Property); and

    • Investment Upon Approval (Qualifying Investment).

    Malta Permanent Residency Cost
    Contribution to the Government of Malta
    • You are required to pay a contribution of €30,000;

    • Out of the €30,000 contribution fee, €5,500 is a non-refundable administrative fee which must be paid upon submitting the relevant application to the Authority.

    • The contribution amount of €30,000 at the application stage covers:

      • You;

      • Your spouse; and

      • All the qualifying dependents.

    • A further contribution of €5,000 is applicable for every parent or grandparent (yours or your spouse's).

    Qualifying Investment
    • Invest an initial value of €250,000 in debt or equity securities listed on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange. It can also be achieved through an investment in collective investment schemes that are licensed and are on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange.

    • These are to be held for 5 years from the date of the issuance of the certificate.

    Qualifying Property
    • The acquisition of real estate with a minimum value of €320,000 (€270,000 if located in Gozo or the South of Malta) OR

    • Lease of residential immovable property for not less than an annual rent of €12,000 (€10,000 if located in Gozo or the South of Malta).

    • The qualifying property is to be held for a minimum period of 5 years from the date of the issuance of the certificate.

     
    Related

    The Malta Permanent Residency Program could be the solution to every query you may have. Reach out to us today at info@endevio.com to know more about it.

     
    Malta Residence and Visa Program Cost
     

    Now that you know what the MRVP is and the benefits it entitles you to, along with its cost,

    Let us jump to the next big question,

    Eligibility Criteria for Malta PR

    For you to be eligible for the Malta PR, you must meet several Malta immigration requirements, namely: 

    • Be at least 18 years of age;

    • Have an annual income of not less than €100,000 arising outside of Malta, or have a global net worth in excess of €500,000;

    • Have a stable and regular income for maintaining yourself and your family;

    • Have medical insurance that covers you and your family globally;

    • Have a certificate of good health from a reputable health system;

    • Not be considered a potential national security risk;

    • Not having a reputational risk; and

    • Not subject to criminal proceedings.

    You will be required to pay the amounts at different stages of the application.

     

    Eligibility Criteria for MPRP

    By now, you know how you can be eligible and how much Malta Permanent Residency will cost you.

    Let us move further and discuss;

    Malta PR Application Process (Timeline)

    To make it simpler for you, we have created a week wise flowchart to explain the Malta residency application process (Expand below to learn more).

    WEEK 1

    a) Monetary Requirements
    • You are required to deposit against professional fees.

    b) Professional Due Diligence
    • Initial background check followed by compliance approval.

    • The signing of the letter of engagement.

    WEEK 8

    a) Monetary Requirements
    • You are required to pay the Government Due Diligence Fees & Bank Charges together with the balance of professional fees.

    b) Government Due Diligence
    • Submission of Complete MRVP application Pack to MRVA.

    • Commencement of due diligence by MRVA.

    c) Professional Fees
    • Conclusion of Professional due diligence.

    WEEK 34

     
    a) Government Due Diligence
    • Independent investigative due diligence.

    • Clarification questions by MRVA.

    • Notification of the outcome by MRVA.

    WEEK 37

     
    a) Monetary Requirements

    If approved - payment of the remaining contribution:

    • Qualifying Investment: €250,000 (See FAQ Below).

    • Qualifying Property (See FAQ Below).

    • Qualifying Health Insurance (See FAQ Below).

    WEEK 40

     
    a) Government Due Diligence
    • Here yours and your families physical presence is required for Biometrics.

    • Issuing of Lifetime Residency Certificate.

    • Issuing of Residency Card.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Below we have listed some frequently asked questions (FAQs);

    Q1 What are the tax implications of obtaining Residence in Malta?

    Answer: 

    If you are a tax resident of Malta but not domiciled in Malta, then all your income generated in Malta will be taxed. All the foreign source income remitted to Malta will also be taxed. In simple words, you will only be taxed if you become a Malta tax resident. 

    Capital gains arising outside Malta will remain non-taxable in Malta even if received in Malta. If you are neither ordinarily resident nor domiciled in Malta, then you’ll be taxed only on income arising in Malta, i.e. income having a Malta source.

    The Global Residence Program grants you a 15% beneficial tax rate on income received in Malta from foreign sources. You may also have the possibility to claim relief from double tax treaties. To date, Malta has concluded more than 72 double taxation agreements for the avoidance of double taxation.

     

    Our professional tax advisors can assist you in clarifying all your doubts.

     
    Q2 What is Malta Permanent Residency (and how can it be obtained)? 

    Answer:

    It is a scheme designed to attract all individuals and their families to take up permanent resident status in Malta. If you are a non-EU national and have been legally residing in Malta for five consecutive years (with some allowable absence) you can be eligible to apply for Long-Term Residency status. This scheme is also known as Long-Term Residency scheme.

    Q3 What does Qualifying Property mean?

    Answer:

    Under the MRVP a qualifying property means the acquisition of real estate with a minimum value of €320,000 (€270,000 if located in Gozo or the South of Malta) to be held for at least 5 years; or the lease of residential immovable property in Malta for a period of 5 years, at an annual rent of at least € 12,000. (€10,000 if located in Gozo or the South of Malta). 

    Q4 What does Qualifying Investment mean? 

    Answer: 

    This means €250,000 value in debt or equity securities listed on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange. Investment in these securities may also be achieved through an investment in collective investment schemes that are licensed and are on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange.

    Such investment is to be retained for a period of 5 years following the granting of the residency certificate.

    Q5 What is the requirement for Health Insurance? 

    Answer: 

    Evidence of possession of Health Insurance in respect of all risk (for a cover of at least €30,000) across the whole of the European Union for the applicant and all his/her dependents.

    Such an insurance policy is to be retained indefinitely.

     
    Malta PR Program

    Final Words

    Malta’s jurisdiction is an attractive option if you are looking for opportunities to relocate. If you are thinking of becoming a Resident of Malta, some of the many factors that rank Malta amongst the top ones are:

    • Steady economic growth;

    • Political stability;

    • Its geographical location;

    • Booming sectors including financial services, maritime, aviation, gaming and real estate;

    • Tax-efficient systems;

    • One of the world’s safest countries.

    Many residents are attracted to this island state every year. They may be freelance professionals who can work remotely or retirees from countries like Northern Europe or the UK. Everyone who decides to become a resident of Malta is attracted to its natural beauty and architecture; relaxed lifestyle; the affordable cost of living along; and its rich historical culture.

    Why Endevio as your Relocation Services Advisor?


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