About Malta Citizenship and Residency
The process of obtaining citizenship or residency consists of a series of important steps that need to be implemented carefully and at the right time. Sovereign has a wealth of international and local expertise and a high success rate of delivering grants of citizenship or residency within a minimum time frame.
Sovereign will assist clients to identify the most suitable investor programme to match their individual circumstances and requirements and will advise on the most effective way to meet the investment criteria. Sovereign will then manage each step of an application and structuring of the investment to ensure that all submissions are executed correctly and at the right time.
Malta Citizenship and Residency Programmes
The Malta Global Residence Permit (GRP) is a residency programme that offers applicants a special tax status. It is designed to attract individuals who are not nationals of the EU, EEA or Switzerland and who are not long-term Maltese residents. Individuals benefitting from this programme may work in Malta, provided they satisfy the requisite conditions for obtaining a work permit.
The Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) is a ‘residency-by-investment’ programme that requires the main applicant to make qualifying investments in Malta. Introduced in March 2021, it enables third-country nationals – non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss citizens – to reside, settle or stay indefinitely in Malta. With a four to six-month application processing timeframe, the MPRP provides numerous benefits to applicants who wish to make Malta their home away from home.
The Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment policy is a ‘citizenship-by-investment’ scheme that aims to attract the highest quality of investor from all over the world and requires the main applicant to make qualifying investments in Malta.
Generally known as Maltese Exceptional Investor Naturalisation (MEIN), the scheme is open to all non-EU nationals except those from certain sanctioned countries. An applicant and all adult dependants must have held Maltese residency status for a minimum of 36 months or, under an ‘expedited procedure’ option, for a minimum of 12 months.