Residency & Citizenship

Residency And Citizenship Law

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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 the Investment Migration Council) 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.

Maltese 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 Agency, 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.

Immigration law partners Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti and Dr Priscilla Mifsud-Parker have an unrivalled track record in representing high net worth individuals and families, entrepreneurs and investors in applying for Maltese citizenship, Malta Permanent residency MRVP, and seeking recognition of personal tax residence status.

The firm represents a diverse clientele hailing from all corners of the world, given the firm's regional preparation in assisting clients in accordance with the peculiarities of their country / region of origin.  The firm speaks more than 10 languages and has special understanding of the MEA and MENA regions, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and South East Asia, Russia and the CIS, the Americas,  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

We specialise in advising and assisting with all Malta Residence Programmes including:

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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Key Contacts

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti

Senior Partner, Tax & Immigration

+356 22056411

Dr Antoine Saliba Haig

Senior Lawyer

+356 22056446

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