A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for Malta’s Citizenship-By-Investment Program
- Acquiring Maltese citizenship through investment can be a valuable asset for eligible individuals, granting access to the European Union and numerous other benefits. In previous blog posts, we discussed the eligibility criteria, factors influencing your application, and an overview of the application process.
- This blog post will provide a step-by-step guide on how to apply for Malta’s Citizenship-By-Investment program, helping you navigate the process with confidence.
Step 1: Research and Understand the Requirements
- Before beginning your application, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with the Malta Individual Investor Programme (MIIP) requirements and eligibility criteria.
- Ensure that you meet the financial investment, due diligence, residency, and other requirements before proceeding with your application.
Step 2: Engage an Accredited Person (AP)
- To apply for the MIIP, you must engage the services of an Accredited Person (AP) – a licensed professional authorized by the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency (MIIPA) to handle applications.
- Research and choose an AP with a strong track record in successfully handling MIIP applications.
Step 3: Gather the Necessary Documentation
- With the help of your AP, gather the necessary documentation for your application. These documents may include:
- Proof of identity (passport or national ID)
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificates (if applicable)
- Proof of address
- Police clearance certificates
- Evidence of source of funds and wealth
- Medical certificates and health insurance coverage
- Other documents as required by the MIIPA
- Ensure that all documents are translated into English, if necessary, and properly notarized or apostilled.
Step 4: Submit Your Application
- Your AP will submit your application, along with the required non-refundable due diligence and administrative fees, to the MIIPA on your behalf.
- Make sure all documentation is complete and accurate to avoid delays or rejection.
Step 5: Due Diligence and Background Checks
- The MIIPA will perform a thorough due diligence process, including background checks on you and your dependents.
- This process can take around four months but may vary depending on the complexity of your background.
Step 6: Receive Approval in Principle
- If the due diligence process is successful, the MIIPA will issue a Letter of Approval in Principle, confirming your eligibility for the MIIP. You can now proceed with the investment process.
Step 7: Complete Investment Requirements
- Within four months of receiving the Letter of Approval in Principle, fulfil the investment requirements:
- Contribution to the National Development and Social Fund (NDSF)
- Purchase or rental of a residential property
- Investment in government-approved bonds or shares
Step 8: Fulfill Residency Requirements
- Before obtaining citizenship, establish a genuine link to Malta by residing in the country for a minimum of 12 months.
- Provide evidence of your residency, such as a lease agreement or utility bills.
Step 9: Obtain the Certificate of Naturalization
- Once you have met the investment and residency requirements, the MIIPA will issue the Certificate of Naturalization, granting Maltese citizenship to you and your dependents.
Step 10: Apply for Maltese Passports
- After obtaining the Certificate of Naturalization, you and your dependents can apply for Maltese passports. The application process typically takes around two weeks, after which your passports will be issued.
- Applying for Malta’s Citizenship-By-Investment program may seem daunting, but following this step-by-step guide and working closely with an experienced Accredited Person can help you navigate the process successfully.
- Ensure that you understand the requirements, gather the necessary documentation, and fulfil the investment and residency obligations to maximize your chances of obtaining Maltese citizenship through investment.
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