Citizenship and Residence Schemes

Malta Residence Programme

This residence scheme is only open to individuals who are EU, EEA or Swiss nationals. Third country nationals (non-EU/EEA/Swiss) who may be interested in obtaining Maltese residence should consider applying for the Global Residence Programme, the Malta Residence and Visa Programme or alternatively the Individual Investor Programme.

Benefits:

  • No minimum stay requirements
  • No minimum investment requirements
  • 15% flat tax rate on any income that is received in Malta from foreign sources by the applicant, his spouse and his minor children or any children suffering from a disability, with the further possibility of claiming double taxation relief. Other chargeable income, including income arising in Malta from any trade, business, profession or vocation is charged at 35% tax
  • Granted a Maltese residence permit

Requirements:

The applicant for this scheme must:

  • Be an EU/EEA/Swiss national
  • Own or rent a qualifying owned property or qualifying rented property in Malta, to be occupied by the applicant and his family members. The term “family members” in this case is taken to refer to the applicant’s spouse or individual with whom the applicant is in a stable and durable relationship, his parents, his children (aged 0-25 provided they are not economically active), including children in his care & custody, dependant brothers and sisters & direct relatives in the ascending line of the beneficiary or his spouse/partner. The values of the property need to be as follows:
Owned
Immovable property situated in Malta €275,000
Immovable property situated in Gozo or the south of Malta €220,000
Rented
Immovable property situated in the north of Malta €9,600 per annum
Immovable property situated in Gozo or the south of Malta €8,750 per annum
  • Hold the acquired or rented immovable property as his principal place of residence worldwide
  • Pay a minimum of €15,000 in tax annually
  • Pay a one-time non-refundable administrative fee of €6,000. Where the immovable property being acquired or lease is situated in the south of Malta, the administrative fee is of €5,500
  • Not be a permanent resident of Malta
  • Not stay in any other country for more than 183 days in a calendar year
  • Not be domiciled in Malta and does not intend to establish his domicile in Malta within 5 years from applying for special tax status
  • Be in receipt of stable and regular resources that are sufficient to maintain himself and his dependants without recourse to the social assistance system in Malta
  • Be in possession of a valid travel document
  • Be in possession of sickness insurance which covers himself and his dependants in respect of all risks across the whole of the EU normally covered for Maltese nationals
  • Be able to adequately communicate in Maltese or English
  • Be a fit and proper person

In order to be eligible for this scheme the applicant cannot benefit from any of the other residence schemes available in Malta.