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The Malta Permanent Residence Programme

The Malta Golden Visa Programme allows Non-EU citizens willing to obtain residence in a European country the opportunity to become a resident in Malta. Families can apply for the Malta Golden Visa and be granted a residence permit valid for five years in one of the most beautiful European countries. 

Malta offers a unique Mediterranean lifestyle, good educational institutions, world-class health care and economic stability with a high standard of living and quality of life. Becoming a permanent residence also grants successful applicants visa-free travel within the Schengen area.

How can you apply for the Malta Golden Visa & how does the process work?

Those wishing to apply can qualify for the Malta Golden Visa programme after passing stringent Due Diligence checks and meeting the qualifying investment criteria needed for the programme. The Malta Permanent Residence Programme Regulations, 2021, enacted by the Legal Notice 121 of 2021, replace the previous successful Malta Residence and Visa Programme (MRVP).

Seeking residence in a new country can be a daunting challenge, which is why it is important to work with a company that is recognised and authorised by the Maltese government to assist those who are interested in the Malta Golden Visa Programme. A trusted advisor will be able to guide you through the entire process and ensure that you meet the necessary requirements in order to qualify for the programme.

The application process works as follows;

  • Find your trusted advisor
    • All applications to the programme must be submitted by an authorised Agent. Thus, it is important to find a company that has the experience and knowledge with the investment programme who will understand your goals better and indicate any repercussions from a tax standpoint and herby streamlining your move to Malta. 
  • Prepare your application 
    • Your trusted advisor will help you prepare the forms and documentation, so the application is submitted to the Malta Residence Visa Agency (MRVA) with all the necessary documentation and requirements – thus avoiding any unnecessary application delays. The MRVA will perform Due Diligence and background checks on all applicants. 
  • Application Approval – Residence 
    • Once the application has been approved by MRVA, proof of the investment funds needs to be submitted. Thereafter the Permanent Residency Certificates and residence cards will be issued. There is a series of documents and forms that need to be submitted. Generally speaking, these are birth and marriage certificates, police clearance, passport copies, etc. All documents must be legalized, apostilled and translated into English if in any other language. The entire processing time would typically take 4-6 months since the submission of the application, but this may take longer depending on each file's particularities.

Which investments qualify for the Malta Permanent Residence Programme 

The Malta Golden Visa is available to Non-EU investors and their families. Applicants must pass a stringent background check and be in a position to fulfil the financial investment requirements upon approval of the Malta Golden Visa application. These investments are as follows; 

  • A Real Estate Investment
    • Successful applicants will need to make a real estate investment, which may take the form of either;
      • A minimum property purchase of €300,000 if the real estate is situated in Gozo or the south of Malta, or an investment of €350,000 if the property is located in any other areas of Malta.
      • A minimum residential rental property to the value of €10,000 per annum for a property in Gozo or the south of Malta, or a minimal residential rental of €12,000 per annum elsewhere in Malta.
The property investment must be held and maintained for a minimum period of 5 years. During this time the property must serve as the permanent residence of the applicant and that of the beneficiaries included in the application. This residence - in a beautiful European country, with visa-free travel within the Schengen area - serves as the primary address on the applicants granted Residence Permit in Malta.
  • Make a Non-Refundable Contribution
    • A non-refundable contribution must be made. The amount will differ depending on if the property is rented or purchased;
    • If the property is purchased, the contribution will be EUR28,000
    • If the property is rented, the contribution will be EUR58,000
An additional EUR7,500 for every parent or grandparent of the principal applicant or spouse will be applicable.
  • Donation
    • Make a Donation of EUR2,000 to a local NGO registered with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, or as otherwise approved by the Agency.
Finally, an administrative fee of EUR40,000 per application will be due

Who can qualify for the Malta Golden Visa programme?

The Malta Golden Visa programme is available to non-EU citizens and their families. The programme grants successful applicants and their dependants included on the application a residence permit allowing them to live in Malta as a permanent resident. Qualifying dependants can be defined as follows;

  • The principal applicant's spouse in a monogamous marriage or in another relationship having the same or a similar status to marriage. For the purposes of the MPRP, the term "spouse" shall be gender-neutral. 
  • Children, including adopted, of the principal applicant or his spouse who, at the time of application, are less than 18 years of age. 
  • Children over the age of 18 years old, not married, and principally dependent on the principal applicant. 
  • Financially dependent parents or grandparents of the principal applicant or of his spouse or; 
  • Disabled adult children of the principal applicant or spouse.
All the family members named above will be able to benefit from the Malta Golden Visa and enjoy permanent residency in a European country and visa-free travel within the Schengen area. All applicants will be granted a residence permit, which will allow them to live in Malta. Whilst the Malta Golden Visa is not a tax programme, applicants may be subject to tax if they spend a certain amount of time on the island. It is important to consult with an experienced & trusted advisor (link to CSB?) to fully understand the tax repercussions of a physical move to Malta.


How we can help you to get your Malta Golden Visa?

Malta Sotheby’s International Realty will work closely with you and an authorised entity to understands your goals and assist you in finding the right property for you in Malta together with our trusted partner who will be able to guide you through the entire process of becoming a Maltese resident through investment.


  • Why Invest in the Malta Golden Visa?
    With a stable economy and a GDP that shows a year on year growth, Malta is a safe and sound investment option. The Malta Golden Visa not only grants successful applicants visa-free access to the Schengen area but allows them to reside in a country with a stable political climate, sound education, a low crime rate and a strong healthcare system. Malta’s close proximity to the rest of Europe makes doing business across the EU easy and accessible. 
  • How long does it take to get the Malta Golden Visa?
    The process for obtaining the Malta Golden Visa normally takes between 4 to 6 months from the submission of the application. These times may vary depending on a number of factors. In this regard, it is always best to work with a recognised and authorised company to assist you with your residence needs.
  • At what stage of the application process do I make the investment?
    The Malta Golden Visa investment is only made once the application has successfully been accepted. This gives the applicant peace of mind knowing with certainty that their residence will be granted and the investment will not be wasted. 
  • Can I work under the Malta Golden Visa Program?
    No, regrettably those who obtain a Malta Golden Visa are not permitted to work in Malta. The Malta Golden Visa grants the applicant resident status but does not equate to a work permit. 
  • Can I apply for a work permit once I have been granted the Malta Golden Visa?
    Yes, once the application for the Malta Golden Visa has successfully been approved and granted, you may begin the process of applying for a work permit in Malta. 
  • Can I start a business under the Malta Golden Visa Programme?
    No, business investments do not qualify for the Malta Golden Visa Programme. However, once your application for the Malta Golden Visa Programme has successfully been approved and granted you can open a business of your own in Malta. 
  • Are there any other costs associated with the Malta Golden Visa Programme?
    Regular costs of the Malta Golden Visa include a contribution to a Non-governmental organisation (NGO), your application fee for yourself and any dependants, a contribution to the Government and a real estate investment in the form of a property purchase or a monthly residential rental. There is also a minimum processing fee for the issuance of the residence cards and the fees of your trusted advisor.
  • Will I have access to health care under the Malta Golden Visa Programme?
    No, those who are Malta Golden Visa residents will need to have their own private Health Insurance in Malta. Health insurance is typically payable once a year and is valid for 12 months.
  • Can I be rejected from the Malta Golden Visa Programme?
    All applications are subject to rigorous due diligence. Applicants who do not fit within the government criteria will be rejected. Henceforth the importance of working with a recognised and authorised company that has experience with citizenship and residence in Malta.

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