Malta Ordinary Residence Route

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chetcuti | 05 Jun 2019

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The Malta Ordinary Residence Scheme is an attractive residence scheme currently available to EU & EEA nationals and nationals of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland seeking to transfer their tax residence to a safe, high quality and tax-efficient jurisdiction such as Malta.

Eligibility for Malta Ordinary Residence

  • Nationalities eligible to ordinary residence in Malta include all EU and EEA nationals as well as nationals of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.
  • Applications are approved for non-EU nationals at the discretion of the authorities.
  • Applicants for ordinary residence status need to demonstrate financial independence without being subjected to complex means eligibility testing.
  • Ordinary residents need to evidence their local residential address by purchasing or renting a house or apartment in Malta. This needs to be available at the time of filing of the application.
  • Ordinary residents may live and enter into any business or employment in Malta.
  • Holders of ordinary residence permits are allowed to convert to other available residence schemes.

Remittance Based Tax System for Malta Ordinary Residence

Residents of Malta under the ordinary residency 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 received in Malta and also not taxable on any capital gains arising outside Malta, whether remitted to Malta or otherwise.

The Budget Implementation Act passed recently this year, introduced a minimum annual tax in Malta of €5,000 for individuals or couples who are resident but not domiciled in Malta, and who earn at least €35,000 yearly.

Conditions of ordinary residence permits allow resident permit holders to take up residence in Malta and physically live in Malta with the possibility of taking up employment and doing business in Malta.

Tax Rates for Single Taxpayers

Single Rates
60,001and over35%8,725

Tax Rates for Married Taxpayers

Married Rates
60,001and over35%9,905

Tax Rates for Parent Taxpayers

Parent Rates
60,001and over35%9,050

Ordinary Residence Permit Application Process

Applications for Ordinary Residence permits are generally processed within a shorter time compared with other residence permit applications.

Our Ordinary Residence Services

Led by Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti and Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker, Chetcuti Cauchi's award-winning Immigration & Relocation Law team is the oldest specialised immigration law practice in Malta. We have successfully represented individuals and families ranging from expatriate retirees, emigrants seeking employment, to HNW individuals listed in Fortune 500.

As advocates, we are registered authorised mandataries according to law and our firm is authorised by the Maltese immigration and tax authorities. We are able to advise you on the tax and legal implications and requirements of the residence application process and indicate expected time frames based on the specific circumstances and nature of your application. Our advice covers the rules applicable to immigrating to Malta under a number of available residence schemes as well as practical relocation assistance ranging from transportation and insurance to schooling and health insurance coverage.

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