The Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment is a residency route leading to citizenship in Malta. This way, an individual can make a direct investment in the economy of Malta, donate and hold residential property. 

Under the new route, you have two options: 

  1. Citizenship after three (3) years of residency 
  2. Citizenship after one (1) year of residency 


Direct Investment 


Property Investment 

Three (3) years residency 

€600,000, additional €50,000 per dependant 


Rent for a minimum of €16,000 per annum or purchase for €700,000 

One (1) year residency 

€750,000, additional €50,000 per dependant 


Rent for a minimum of €16,000 per annum or purchase for €700,000 


As the principal applicant, you must make philanthropic donations to registered cultural, scientific, animal welfare, artistic or sport non-governmental society organisations aside from exceptional direct and property investments. You must also retain your property for at least five (5) years from the date of issue of citizenship. 

The granting of Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment is regulated by S.L. 188.05. The annual quota is 400 applicants, totalling 1,500 applicants for the whole scheme. 

What does the regulation grant? 

  • Citizenship in Malta, a well-respected and economically and politically stable E.U. country - along with the option of allowing the future generations to inherit 
  • Freedom to travel to 184 countries, including the USA, Canada and Australia 
  • Right of establishment in all 27 E.U. and four (4) EEA member states  
  • Right to own a second home in Malta. 

This eligibility can be extended to the dependants, including the spouse or partner, children, parents and grandparents under specific terms. 

Are you ready for your Maltese citizenship? 

Our team of immigration law experts at Endevio can guide you through the application process and ensure the preparation of all documents in accordance with Maltese regulations. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in Malta to qualify for citizenship by investment?

You must hold Maltese residency for at least 12 months before becoming a citizen, but residency doesn’t require actually living in Malta. 

What is required is a connection to the country through work or philanthropy, and a few visits in person. 

Learn more about the requirements of Maltese citizenship. 

Will Maltese citizenship automatically grant me European citizenship?

Yes. The Maltese passport gives unrestricted ability to live, work, and study in any EU country. 

Learn more about Maltese citizenship. 

What can I invest in to gain citizenship by investment in Malta?

The Malta Citizenship by Naturalization for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment requires investment in real estate and a donation to a charity. 

Know more about the citizenship investment options in Malta.

How much do I have to invest to get citizenship in Malta?

The direct investment required for an application includes a financial contribution of €600,000 following three years of residency. If by exception, investors have to pay €750,000 following a 12-month residency period. 

Additionally, investors need to either purchase a property for €700,000 or rent for €16,000 annually for of five years. A minimum donation of €10,000 to any non-governmental organisation in Malta is also required. 

Know more about the citizenship investment requirements in Malta. 

What are the requirements for citizenship by investment in Malta?

The requirements for citizenship by investment in Malta include a non-refundable donation, a real estate purchase or lease, and payment of administration fees. Under the newly-revised rules, the applicant also has to remain a resident for three years before applying for citizenship. A higher investment options shortens the wait time to one year.  

There is a strict due diligence process for investors and their families. Among other things, they have to prove they are in good health and have no criminal record. 

Learn more about the citizenship requirements in Malta. 

Will my Maltese citizenship expire?

No, the Maltese citizenship does not expire. However, the Maltese passport is only valid for 10 years and must be renewed.

How long does it take to get citizenship by investment in Malta?

Under newly revised rules, it will take three years for residents to be able to apply for citizenship in Malta, a year if they made a higher investment. 

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How many countries can I visit with a Maltese passport?

You can travel to 186 destinations visa-free. 

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