Malta Residence Programmes

Alternative Routes to Maltese Residency

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chetcuti | 07 Sep 2017

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Maltese immigration law provides a number of Malta residence programmes open to EU and non-EU nationals. The various Malta Residence Programmes give the opportunity to a number of individuals and families to relocate to Malta or to hold residency status in Malta for various reasons.

Malta Ordinary Residence Scheme

The Malta Ordinary Residence Scheme gives EU/EEA nationals, the right to transfer their tax residence to a safe, high quality and tax jurisdiction such as Malta. Applicants for ordinary resident status must buy or rent a property in Malta and must also demonstrate financial indipendence without being subjected to complex means eligibility testing. Once approved, beneficiaries will be issued with a Maltese e-residence card valid for five years. Beneficiaries of the ordinary residence scheme and who are not domiciled in Malta are taxable on a remittance basis. Accordingly, ordinary residents are not taxable on foreign source income not reveived in Malta and also not taxable on any capital gains arising outside Malta. 

The Malta Residence Programme

The Malta Residence Programme (TRP) gives wealthy EU/EEA nationals and their families who do not enjoy permanent residence status in Malta, the right to take up residence in Malta. Beneficiaries may also have household staff providing a service in their qualifying property, as long as all the requisite procedures are satisfied. For a person to be eligible for the Malta Residence Programme, one must own or rent property which the individual occupies as his principal place of residence worldwide. The Residence Programme (TRP) grants a 15 per cent tax status for the applicant and his family on any income they bring to Malta. 

Malta Global Residence Programme

The Malta Global Residence Programme (GRP) gives wealthy non-EU nationals and their families who do not enjoy permanent residence status in Malta, the right to take up residence in Malta. Similar to the Malta Residence Programmes available to EU nationals this gives the beneficiaries the opportunity to have household staff providing a service in their qualifying property, as long as all the requisite procedures are satisfied. For a person to be eligible for the Global Residence Programme, one must own or rent property which the individual occupies as his principal place of residence worldwide. The Global Residence Programme (GRP) grants a 15 per cent tax status for the applicant and his family on any income they bring to Malta. 

Malta Residence by Investment

The Malta Residency by Investment Programme is designed to attract reputable individuals and their dependents who are not nationals of the EU/EEA and who are not long term residents or residents in Malta under any other Residence programme.  Malta's Schengen membership and full implimentation of the Schengen Area Treaty since 2007 offers holders of Maltese investor visas greater ease of travel within the Schengen Area and the right to reside, settle and stay indefinitely in Malta for individuals benefitting under this programme. The Malta Investor Visa Programme beneficiaries who are not domiciled but resident in Malta are taxable on a remittance basis are not subject to pay an annual tax of €15,000. Beneficiaries of this programme are taxable on a remittance basis only on foreign source income remitted to Malta and only to the extent remitted. Individuals are not taxed on foreign source capital remitted to Malta. Income and capital gains arising in Malta are subject to tax while capital gains arising outside Malta fall outside the scope of Maltese tax.  This is the same treatment avaiable to all Malta Residence Programmes, with the exception of those that provide a special tax status, capping tax on foreign source income at 15%.

Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme

The Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme is the first EU approved citizenship programme open to reputable EU and Non EU individuals and families making an outstanding contribution to the European Island of Malta. Malta Citizenship obtained under this programme grants the rights of full citizenship for life and can be passed on to future generations by descent. Maltese citizenship grants access to all investment opportunities in Malta and throughout the European Union open to Maltese and European Union citizens. The Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme is an efficient route providing the applicant with a Residence card allowing free travel within Schengen after 2-3 weeks of applying and a Maltese and European Passport upon satisfying all the investment criteria. 

Malta Residence Programmes Comparison

  Ordinary Residence The Residence Programme Global Residence Programme Malta Residence by Investment Malta Citizenship by Investment
EU / Non-EU only EU EU Non-EU Non-EU EU & Non-EU
Gov. Bonds 0 0 0 €250,000 €150,000
Real Estate Rent or Buy property (no minimum value) Buy @ 220,000 / Rent @ 8.750 p.a. Buy @ 220,000 / Rent @ 8.750 p.a. Buy @ 320,000 / Rent @ 10.000 p.a. Buy @ 350,000 / Rent @ 16.000 p.a.
One-time Contribution 0 €6,000 €6,000 €30,000 €650,000+
Minimum Residence 6 months 0 0 0 Connection for 1 year
Minimum Tax 0 €15,000 €15,000 0 0

Malta Residence Services

The firm's partners, Dr.Jean Philippe Chetcuti and Kenneth Camilleri are a Registered Immigration Agents and Approved Agents and duly licensed to submit application forms under all Malta Residence Programmes as well as the Malta Individual Investor Programme which provides citizenship by investment.


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