Residency & Citizenship

Residency And Citizenship Law

Residency & Citizenship for HNW Families

The firm has adopted a rounded approach to the legal needs of our clients by tapping into our wider, fully integrated firm-wide services. We start by identifying our clients’ personal and commercial objectives. We ensure that any domestic or international wealth structuring, family wealth issues or disputes, real estate and commercial transactions, family office matters or philanthropic intentions are aligned with such objectives. We also work closely with our Corporate and Tax teams to offer an all-inclusive service to our clients with their intricate personal and business legal requirements. In a typical scenario, it is our role to ensure that such clients familiarise themselves with Malta. We project manage their setting up from a legal, corporate and logistical aspect and assist them in compliance and ongoing matters.

Residency & Citizenship Law Government Advisory

The firm’s partners and managers are instrumental in submitting position papers, research papers and proposals to government entities on an on-going basis in the reform and tweaking of Maltese immigration law and other areas of law, directly as key players in the various areas of the firm’s practice and through their representation of the professional bodies they represent (e.g. Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, Institute of Financial Services Practitioners, Chamber of Advocates) and industry associations (Malta Association of Family Enterprises, Malta Digital Games Developers Association).

Our Private Client practice vaunts a team “with a difference”. Besides being one of the very first immigration-specialised teams in Malta, our members seek to be always highly commercially aware, speedy, accurate and commercially astute. With advisers spanning the legal, accounting and tax professions, we boast a commitment to quality whilst at the same time emphasising responsiveness and paramount client service.

Our Residency & Citizenship Expertise

Our immigration team, together with other professionals in the firm, including our tax advisors, assist persons wishing to relocate and retire to Malta using the appropriate Malta programme, whether this involves the attainment of citizenship or through one of the current, available residency programmes.

Malta Citizenship

Malta presents an array of possibilities that lead to the eventual attainment of Maltese citizenship, namely birth, descent, marriage and naturalisation.

Of special interest is Malta’s Individual Investor Programme that allows affluent persons of impeccable standing and repute to be naturalised and to receive Maltese citizenship on the basis of a contribution to and investment in Malta. The firm represented the first group of HNW and UHNW family applicants as part of the pilot programme launched by Identity Malta, the agency responsible for the launch and administration of the programme. The firm was the very first law firm to be granted ‘Approved Agent’ status by Identity Malta and saw the first Malta Citizenship approvals ever being issued under the Malta citizenship by investment programme.

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti (Chetcuti Cauchi Advisors Ltd) holds Citizenship Agent Licence no. IIP 001 and Mr Kenneth Camilleri holds licence IIP 124 and have satisfied the additional requirements imposed by the IIP Regulations over and above the requirements for ARMs under other legislation. The programme imposes more responsibilities on ARMs to ensure the highest standards of quality are maintained throughout the application process, for the protection and benefit of applicants and the reputation of the Maltese citizenship by investment programme.

The nationalities represented by the Firm to date originate amongst others from the Middle-East, Russia and the CIS, China, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, France and the US. The firm provides VIP treatment to clients applying under this programme, offering end-to-end process management and concierge services, handholding the client and family members throughout the application process and project managing any personal relocation processes.

Malta Residence

The different types of residence can be bundled into the following specific schemes or types of residence:

  • Malta Ordinary Residence Scheme
  • Malta Golden Visa Programme (Malta Residency & Visa Programme)
  • The Residence Programme Rules (previously Malta High Net Worth Residence Scheme - European Nationals)
  • Malta Global Residence Programme (previously Malta High Net Worth Residence Scheme - Non-European Nationals)
  • Highly Qualified Persons Rules: ​Aviation Executives , Gaming Executives , Financial Services Executives

Over the years, we have assisted individuals and families from all corners of the world to take up an alternative residence permit in Malta, taking advantage of Malta’s membership of the European Union since 2004 and importantly Malta’s Schengen status since 2007. The firm boasts the largest number of successful applications handled under the Malta Global Residence Programme since its inception when it was first known as the Permanent Residence Scheme and later the HNWI Rules.

Malta Relocation Services

We have also provided relocation services to some of the largest players in Malta’s financial services and online gaming scenes. As part of our pre-immigration tax planning, we assist families in organising their banking and wealth management structures to ensure the desired results in line with Malta’s source and remittance basis of taxation for non-dom residents. Our tax and immigration lawyers have made use of the Highly Qualified Persons Rules as the most suitable route to taking up employment and residency in Malta, benefiting from a 15% flat rate on all employment income in the right circumstances.


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Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti

Senior Partner, Tax & Immigration

+356 22056411

Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker

Senior Partner - Corporate, Tax & Immigration

+356 22056422

Dr Antoine Saliba Haig

Senior Lawyer

+356 22056446

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