Malta Citizenship Applications

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Applying for Maltese Citizenship

Before starting the Malta Citizenship Application process, applicants for Citizenship by Investment are advised to start the one year residence requirement (genuine link requirement) running by visiting Malta to formally take up residence in Malta.  At this stage, a deposit on account of the €650K contribution is due: €5,000 for the main applicant. €1,000 per dependent.

On completing the application file with the assistance of a licensed immigration attorney, the accredited person files a formal application for Maltese Citizenship by Investment, paying the due diligence fees, passport fees and a deposit of €10,000 on account of the €650K contribution, less any payments made on applying for residency.

Within 90 days from application, Identity Malta must confirm the formal validity of the application package presented.  At lastest within 120 days from application, an in principal approval is to be ssued, confirming the applicant as eligible for Maltese citizenship subject to satisfying the remaining contribution, investment and property requirements within the applicable timeframes.

The next steps, that are, the taking of the oath of allegiance and the issue of a certificate of naturalisation and issue of the relative passports may only take place at least six months from the application date, subject to the minimum of 1 year of satisfying the residence requirement.

Our Malta Citizenship Application Services

For over ten years, our immigration lawyers have represented numerous individuals in Malta Citizenship Applications with the Department of Citizenship & Expatriate Affairs in matters related to the acquisition of Maltese citizenship under the grounds avaiable under the Maltese Citizenship Act.   At the onset of the Maltese Citizenship by Investment under the Maltese Individual Investor Programme (IIP), the firm's managing partner Jean-Philippe Chetcuti was the first to obtain a licence to act as Accredited Person (licence no. 1) and has since filed a number of applications for citizenship by investment.  Malta Citizenship Application services may only be offered via Accredited Persons and applications to Identity Malta are to be made by an Accredited Person.

The firm enjoys a sterling reputation in the areas of citizenship and residence planning and in the handling of legal and tax matters relevant to the structuring of personal wealth and business interests worldwide.  The firm has been successfully handling visa, residence permits, special tax status applications, but also citizenship processes under the Maltese Citizenship Act, for over 10 years. Chetcuti Cauchi Advisors Ltd is an Authorised Registered Mandatory, authorised and regulated by the Government of Malta to handle and submit applications for residence permits under the Global Residence Programme.

Our Citizenship & Residence Planning team is led by partners Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker and Kenneth Camilleri.

  • Jean-Philippe Chetcuti acts as the firm’s managing partner and serves as the Chairman of STEP, the Society of Trust  & Estate Practitioners (Malta branch) and on the executive committee of IFSP, the International Bar Association (Immigration and Nationality Law Committee and Individual Tax and Private Client Committee), the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners.  Jean-Philippe co-founded and acts as secretary of the Malta Association of Family Enterprises, which he represents at the European Family Business.
  • Priscilla Mifsud-Parker is a private clients lawyer specialising in immigration law and in trusts and estates. She is a member of the Maltese Chamber of Advocates and serves as Technical Chair of STEP.
  • Kenneth Camilleri is a tax advisor and chartered public accountant and advises HNWI on international tax and migration matters. He is a member of the International Fiscal Association, the Malta Institute of Accountants and the Malta Institute of Taxation.

Our Citizenship Services

Approved Agent

Applications for Maltese Citizenship by Investment are to be made to and processed wholly by Identity Malta.  Applicants must be represented by an Accredited Person that is a licensed Maltese Authorised Registered Mandatory (ARM).  Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti (Chetcuti Cauchi Advisors Ltd) holds 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.

Application Stage

We offer the services of:

  • advising you on your chances of success before filing your application;
  • providing you with pre-immigration legal and tax advice;
  • guiding you with the preparation and forwarding of the necessary documentation;
  • vetting and preparing all supporting documentation for submission;
  • corresponding and liaising with the government authorities on your behalf during the pendency of the application process;
  • keeping you informed with the progress of your application;
  • assisting you with the purchase / rental of property in Malta including applications for AIP permits (foreigners need AIP permit to purchase property in Malta), reviews of your contract, liaising with the notary.

Why Chetcuti Cauchi

Below is a point form introduction to our credentials in this area and highlights the importance we give to our citizenship and residence practice within the larger, full service environment we work in:


Fully Authorised directly by Maltese Government:

  • Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, Managing Partner at CCA, was the first to be authorised by Identity Malta Agency (licence no. 1) under the Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme.
  • Chetcuti Cauchi Advisors Ltd is also a licensed Maltese Authorised Registered Mandatory (ARM), a requirement for citizenship and residence applications under Maltese law.

Law Firm

  • Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates is a licensed law firm bound by professional secrecy: lawyer-client privilege is fully protected under Maltese law (unlike other non-law firm agents working in this space.)
  • Offices within 1 minutes’ walk from Identity Malta Agency offices in Valletta.

Quality Service

  • Full partner attention on all matters.
  • Full concierge services available in a friendly and personalised environment.
  • Full-service multi-disciplinary law firm specialising in the use of Malta in international legal and tax planning, company & trust formation & management.


  • Chetcuti Cauchi enjoys a sterling reputation in the areas of citizenship and residence planning and in the handling of legal and tax matters relevant to the structuring and planning of personal wealth and personal interests and business worldwide.
  • Our Citizenship & Residence Planning team is led by partners Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker and Kenneth Camilleri.
  • Over ten years’ experience in citizenship and residency applications, specialising exclusively on Malta in an international context.
  • A 100% success rate in residence and citizenship applications, through an honest professional assessment of applicants prior to filing and a problem solving approach.

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Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti

Global Managing Partner & Founder

+356 22056411

Dr Antoine Saliba Haig

Legal Associate

+356 22056446

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