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Malta’s citizenship by investment program is one of only very few CIPs still available in the European Union. The Malta CIP is the only one that permits dual citizenship, has English as an official language, minimum investment of 750K, and an application time of 1 year – making it one of the most elite programs on Earth.

Easily the most attractive option available for entrepreneurs, investors, and families who seek the unparalleled benefits of EU citizenship, a central Mediterranean location, and an exclusive luxury island lifestyle within a sailing reach of the French Riviera.

The current Malta citizenship by investment program was launched in late 2014 and has an annual cap of only 400 very select candidates. So, those looking to leverage the ultimate EU Plan B need to be decisive and success-driven.

The Malta citizenship by investment program is the most selective program on Earth and requires the most seasoned expertise and representation. Astons has maintained an office in St. Julian Malta and has been an authorized official agent of the Malta CIP since its launching.

Genuinely considering the Malta citizenship program requires an expert analysis of a client’s likelihood for success. Astons’ conducts this preliminary assessment as part of our initial consultation, as well as addresses all your questions and concerns, including:

  • Who is the Malta citizenship program for?
  • What is the minimum investment for the Malta CIP?
  • How can I leverage the ultimate Maltese EU Plan B strategy?

The Maltese program is unique and stands alone in the EU as well as the industry. The list of successful applicants reads like the Forbes 500 list. Partnering with Astons means, you could acquire EU citizenship – with all the continental privileges and rights included – in the Mediterranean epicenter of luxury in only a year.

Trust Astons – A better life awaits.

Program Benefits

Malta (EU) Citizenship

Maltese Citizenship after three years of residency or by exception one year of residency (depending on the selected investment value)

Visa-free travel worldwide

Visa-free access to 182+ countries

Entire family are eligible

Including spouse, children and parents

Dual citizenship

Malta allows for dual citizenship
Program Requirements

Malta is arguably the most selective program on Earth and conducts the most rigorous due diligence and acceptance process in the industry. The granting of citizenship by the community of Malta will only be conveyed to applicants that exceed the country’s standards and expectations. Seasoned in-country representation is key, but every applicant must – at a minimum – demonstrate:

  • Commitment: Malta requires applicants to establish their value to the Maltese community. The Malta CIP first grants 3-year residency which can then be approved to transform to citizenship after the residency period successfully ends. Citizenship can be accelerated to following a 1-year residency grant using the program’s Fast Track option.
  • Investment Tolerance: All applicants must donate €600,000 (standard option of 36-month residency) or €750,000 (Fast Track option with 12-month residency) as a non-refundable contribution to the government fund.
  • Charitable Donation: All applicants must donate €10,000 to a registered and compliant charitable organization.
  • Investment Options: Applicants have the flexibility to channel their investment into either purchasing a property (minimum value of €700,000) or renting a property (minimum lease value of €16,000 per year). The property, rental or owned, must be held for five years.
  • Due Diligence: Malta implements the most rigorous due diligence standards – a four-tier process paired with a risk matrix. All applicants must provide – at a minimum:
    Proof of a clean legal record for every country where they resided at least a year – this includes both criminal and civil matters
    A list of every country where the applicants resided in the past decade
    A passport from their birth country and all passports and residencies they hold
    Employment records or business documents if they own a company
    Details about their banking including any/all offshore activities
    Reputation and social perception of the applicants – including no-fly lists, denied entry to any country, sanctions lists, etc.
    Any additional documentation that is requested
  • Source of Funds: A central element of due diligence is establishing the source and legality of the applicant’s/family’s wealth. This includes the investment funds, all monies used to pay program-related fees, service fees, and the overall wealth profile of the applicant. Applicants must evidence absolute legal ownership over their wealth, that it was generated from only legal sources, and that the main applicant not only has the necessary funds to cover the application process but an additional €50,000 for each dependent (children and parents) and spouse. Tax evasion risks are considered as well.
  • Proof of Health: While the health demands for the Malta CIP aren’t as strict as some citizenship programs, you must prove that you have international health insurance for the duration of the residency period.
  • Physical Residency: All applicants must physically reside in Malta during the residency period. The date of residency begins with the issuance of the residency permit.
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    Visa-free access to 182 countries

    A Maltese passport grants unrestricted global visa-free access to over 182 countries.

    As a citizen of Malta, passport holders have the freedom to attend last-minute business trips or take spontaneous family holidays.

    In the first three weeks of the application process, investors receive a Maltese residence card, before Maltese eligibility and citizenship application can be submitted.

    Which is right for me?
    Married Couple
    Family of 4
    Option 1 (Non-refundable contribution to government fund)
    Option 2 (Real estate purchase or rental for 5 years)
    Investment requirements

    Qualifying investments for the Maltese Citizenship Regulations range from €700,000 – €1,460,000.

    The investment value depends on the chosen contribution option, and whether the applicant decides to purchase a property at €700,000 or above, or rent a residence for at least five years at €16,000 per annum or higher.

    Investors may contribute €600,000 (36 months of residency, with citizenship application thereafter), or by exception a higher investment of €750,000 and a period of 12 months of residence before citizenship application).

    Additionally, a €10,000 donation to a registered and compliant NGO is mandatory.

    Option 1 / €600,000 / €750,000 – Non-refundable Government fund contribution

    • €600,000 – Standard Option. Investors must hold residency for three years before applying for citizenship
    • €750,000 – By exception Investors must hold residency for one year before applying for citizenship

    Option 2 / €80,000 / €700,000 – Rent or real estate purchase

    • €700,000 – Minimum real estate purchase value
    • €80,000 – Rental for five years. Should the investor reside on a rental basis, they must lease a property for at least five years at a minimum of €16,000 per annum

    Malta Citizenship acquisition process

    Astons’ focus is on providing a hassle-free and seamless service assisting you with your second citizenship application.

    We guide you through every step of the Maltese citizenship acquisition process with due diligence and care, ensuring that your application is submitted correctly and followed up throughout the application process.

    3–4 days

    Free Consultation with Astons' Experts

    Our citizenship advisors will evaluate your circumstances and assist you in selecting the most suitable investment options, matching your required criteria to ensure a successful application.

    The primary applicant may add dependents to a citizenship application such as his/her spouse, children under 29 years of age and parents of at least 55 years of age. The principal applicant for Malta Citizenship by Investment must be at least 18 years of age.


    Select investment options

    At this stage, applicants will be advised on the most suitable contribution options depending on whether they decide to apply on a standard or expedited basis. Astons’ team will also assist with the real estate acquisition or lease based on the investor’s requirement

    3–4 days
    Visit Malta to view properties

    Apply for a residence card

    A residence card application is submitted to initiate the 36 month of by exception the 12-month residency requirement. The physical presence of the applicant is required for biometrics to be captured.


    Prepare documents for citizenship

    A detailed checklist will be provided, and you will be guided through the document collation stage. Experienced citizenship advisers will review all documents for compliance.

    Processing time

    Processing of citizenship application

    The Government of Malta vets each application through a thorough due diligence check, during which time submitted information is examined and verified.


    Acquire a Maltese Citizenship

    Once your citizenship application has been reviewed by the Maltese Government and the Registry office you will be invited to visit Malta to swear the oath of allegiance to the Republic of Malta and collect apply for your passport. Astons is a Sub-Agent of an authorised agent Latitude Consultancy Malta Limited (Licence number AKM-LATI-21)

    Frequently Asked Questions
    What is life like in Malta?

    Malta has always been a very attractive destination for entrepreneurs, investors, and families. While all cultures have a history, Malta is a living legacy. It’s English-speaking, blessed with beautiful landscapes and weather, and perfectly located for easy accessibility to continental Europe, the UK, North America, Africa, and Asia -especially for weekend getaways to Monaco, the French Riviera, and the Italian Riviera. The luxury Mediterranean lifestyle is standard and your tastes and preferences dictate where you go from there.

    What’s the minimum investment for citizenship?
    Why should I opt for Maltese citizenship?
    Does Malta allow dual citizenship?
    What are the tax obligations in Malta?
    Do I need to visit Malta to complete the application?
    What makes the Malta/EU Plan B so highly effective?
    Are you a licensed agent for the Malta CIP?

    Why Our Clients Choose Us

    Trust Astons

    33 years of industry leadership and dominance - ASTONS is one of the original firms that molded the investment immigration industry. Founded in London in 1989, Astons has evolved into a family of global companies now headquartered in Dubai.

    Communicate on your terms

    Astons personally serves clients via our global footprint with offices in Istanbul (Turkey), Limassol (Cyprus), Dubai (UAE),Athens (Greece), Fort Lauderdale (USA) and Saint Julians (Malta). As well as, via text message, WhatsApp, Telegram, or email.

    Globally licensed firm

    ASTONS maintains licensed partnerships with the official govermental agencies operating the CBI and RBI programs. ASTONS operates in strict accordance with the laws and regulations of every country where we do business - cooperating with local regulators and government officials. Ensuring no risks for you, your reputation or brand, and your investment.

    Earned reputation

    ASTONS, on average, helps nearly 300 clients a year. With historical totals of:
    More than 9,000 clients
    A clientele from over 50%+ of the world’s nationalities
    $2.6 Billion+ USD in immigration and real estate investments

    100% success rate

    100% of clients who pass the Astons’ due diligence review have their applications approved. The Astons due diligence team of seasoned UK lawyers and industry experts advance our clients’ interests by maintaining direct and constant contact with government officials - leveraging our experience, expertise and methodology of the British law school to conclude the immigration process in our client’s benefit.

    Client focused Service

    ASTONS offers only the best the world of investment immigration and luxury real estate has to offer. We expertly select citizenship and residence programs that can deliver solutions to virtually any client. As well as premium real estate in 11 countries to appease the most discerning buyer or investor. Our experts find the most advantageous solutions to address every client’s wants, needs, and demands.

    Internationally relied upon experts

    ASTONS experts are regularly relied upon by global media outlets and publications to provide expert insights and comments for investment immigration; including: Bloomberg, The Times, CNN, The Telegraph, El Tiempo, El Pais, El Economista, MSN UK, SchengenVisainfo and many others.

    World leader in immigration services

    ASTONS didn’t create the world of immigration investment, we perfected it for the benefit of investors. Astons consistently ranks as a TOP-25 firm in the international immigration industry by Uglobal Immigration Magazine, Best European Citizenship Advisor 2018, and Best Full-Service Investment Immigration Firm 2019.


    Schedule A Free Consultation

    Connect with Astons via our website, email, WhatsApp, or Telegram, to schedule a consultation. Together we’ll find the perfect residency by investment program for you and your family. In the consultation, we will:

    • Define and understand your wants, needs, goals, and demands
    • Create a list of the best strategies and solutions for you
    • Discuss and explain the various investment options available

    Susanna Uzakova

    Citizenship, residence permit and real estate investment expert
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