Malta Golden Visa

Malta Golden Visa

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Malta Golden Visa

Do you wish to move to Malta? A lot of residents are fascinated to the small island state yearly. These consists free employed professionals who can work from far as well as retirees from Northern Europe, with a considerable number of them from the UK. The attraction lies in the relatively relaxed way of living, decent expenses of living, and the country’s historical links to Britain as well.

All those who move to Malta, the smallest EU state, are attracted by its natural beauty, architectural gems and the Mediterranean Sea that makes the life on the island. Many are also attracted by the different successful industries that are working in Malta such as the gaming and the financial services.

Other important fascinations consist of the plethora of free time activities for example diving, cultural events and night life.

In this segment you will find all you need about moving to this island steeped in history, rounded by the deep, blue Mediterranean Sea and where the sun shines for the most of days in the year.

Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea


UTC + 1

316 km2

Parliamentary republic

Maltese : 90.1%, English (official): 6%

Euro (EUR)

1 USD = 0.9214 EUR

Malta Citizenship by Investment

Population growth 0.29%

37,900 USD
GDP (per capita)
GDP (purchasing power parity):
16.32 billion USD

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Malta Golden Visa

Malta has expanded a decent business basis and has ranked itself as an effective international business center for the past 15 years, at the same time to be a fascinating place for private residence as it offers a decent characteristics of life to its residents. Non-Maltese citizens can gain permanent residence in Malta via the Global Residence Permit plan.
The Global Residency Program is triggered at persons who buy or rent real estate in Malta with the least sum of between €220.000 – €275.000 buy price or €8.750 – €9.600 yearly rent, relying on the place.

Applicants must substantiate they have a strong and regular source of income which is enough to keep themselves and any dependents without relying on social assistance system in Malta. Applicants must also have health Insurance coverage across the whole EU.

The time of procedure for a residence application is normally about two months, a very effective period compared to other residence plans.

Holders of Resident permit can apply for citizenship if they are residents in Malta for a combined period of four out of six years but is not simple to gain.

Who Can Apply

Following requirements are necessary for anyone who wants to submit an application to citizenship based on investing plan:

  • Minimum 18 years of old.
  • Meet the least possible investment requirement
  • Delivering facts and data of the suggested suitable investment
  • Being confirmed of hardworking history.
  • Qualified dependents must be upper than 16 years of old
  • To be sincere and honest in related to application
  • Settlement of all necessary government fees.

Application Process

We explain below the stages of the procedure of applying for Maltese Residency:

  1. Arranging the documents and submit the request (main applicant and dependents)
  2. applicants are requested to invest €250,000 in government contracts (rated “A+”) plus buying or renting a residence To become a resident in Malta,
  3. stages application and due diligence checks
  4. letter of confirmation of application is issued
  5. helping the National Development and Social Fund (within 25 days)
  6. Investment in financial instruments and complete the property needs
  7. Fulfill residence requirements


  • Permanent Residence: the right to live unlimited in Malta;
  • Residency issued first for 5 years, freely refreshable after.
  • Investment needs only for first 5 years;
  • EU Residence Card can travel without visa within Schengen zone;
  • letting the holders  of Golden Visa to work in Malta (work permit procedure);
  • No physical presence needed to keep immigration situation;
  • Tax residency situation on proving normal residency in Malta.

Application Fees

Maltese Residency by Investment may be given under L.N. 288 of 2015 as modified recently by L.N. 189 of 2017

Government Bonds

To become a resident in Malta, applicants are needed to invest €250,000 in government bonds (rated “A+”) plus buying or renting a residence.

Both bonds and residences must be held for a minimum of five years.

Property purchase or rental

To become a resident non-domicile in Malta, applicants are required to purchase a residence anywhere in Malta, with a minimum purchase amount of €270,000, or rent a residence at a least cost of €10,000 per year.

Property must be occupied by the eligible persons under the application and may not be let or sublet.


Bahar’s advisory fees cover legal and procedural representation for the main applicant and

Eligible dependent children throughout

The application process related to the submission of the residence application. Advisory fees are non-reimbursable.

All application fees charged by the Maltese government and by Bahar Gate are subject to change. Fees rely on the number of applicants and the complexity of the process. Please contact us if you have any question or would like more information.


Applicants and their families must also pay the following one-time government fees upon submission of application.

Government Fees

€30,000: For the main applicant, spouse and economically dependent and unmarried children.

€5,000: For parents or grandparents.

Residency Requirements

It is relatively straightforward to gain the necessary paperwork to be able to move to Malta.

Tourist Schengen Visa

This type of visa is issued to Third country nationals who need a Visa to travel to the Schengen area for tourism purposes. It is issued for not longer than 90 days of stay and may be a Single or Multiple entry visas, depending on the decisions made by the authorities and other relevant elements. But in the case where the applicant requires an extension due to unforeseen circumstances whilst in Malta, he/she may request a Visa extension from the Central Visa Unit.

Moving around in Europe

Malta is in the Schengen area which is a group of countries that have got free of passport and immigration controls at their common borders.

People travelling to and from Schengen zones will not need to have their passports checked at the borders, however at any time of travel, Immigration Police may request to check documents.

Permanent Residency

If you become a permanent resident in Malta you will need to pay 15 per cent tax on the revenue you bring into the country. Thanks to double tax treaties with various countries, you will presumably not need to pay any tax to your country of origin.

You can find a list of countries that have a double tax arrangement with Malta here.

As you’ve become a permanent resident, of course you don’t need to necessarily live on the island all the time and can come and go as you wish. Do be informed that you are not becoming a Maltese citizen by becoming a resident and will not be able to vote.

Two Types of Residency

Based on where you are emigrating from you can apply for one of two types of residency: the Ordinary Residence or the Permanent Residence. The difference between the two finally boils down to how much you are taxed.

Ordinary Residence

Ordinary Residence applies to people coming to Malta from the EU. The tax you pay is worked out by taking from 0 to 35 per cent of your revenue, minus a tax-credit, based on how much you earn and marital status.

Permanent Residence

Permanent Residence is open to everyone; it is not important what your country of origin is. If you’re not from the EU then this is what you need to apply for. You can also apply for this plan if you are from the EU, but we suggest always consulting a lawyer to see which scheme is more suited to you.

You will need to renew you ordinary residence permit every five years, while permanent residence permits are renewable every year.

The Malta Global Residency Programme

In July 2013, the Maltese Government introduced a new residency plan. This suggests special tax status to third country nationals (except for EEA and Swiss nationals) in Malta. To apply for this programme you need to meet special criteria such as buying or renting property in Malta or Gozo and paying a least annual tax liability on foreign income received in Malta.

Visa Free Travel

Successful applicants can take advantages of visa-free visit to more than 152 countries, as listed below. It should be noted that visa-free travel to the countries listed below are subject to change. It is firmly advisable that the related Government authorities and agencies are contacted prior to travel coordination made.

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Albania Hong Kong Poland
Andorra Honduras Portugal
Antigua & Barbuda Hungary South Korea
Argentina Iceland Romania
Austria Ireland Samoa
Armenia Israel San Marino
Bahamas Italy Serbia
Barbados Jamaica St Kitts and Nevis
Belgium Japan Seychelles
Belize Kiribati Singapore
Bosnia Herzegovina Kosovo Slovak Republic
Botswana Kyrgyz Republic Slovenia
Brazil Latvia Solomon Islands
Brunei Darussalam Liechtenstein South Africa
Bulgaria Lithuania Spain
Canada Luxembourg St Lucia
Chile Malawi St Vincent & the Grenadines
Colombia Malaysia Swaziland
Costa Rica Maldives Sweden
Croatia Mauritius Switzerland
Cyprus Mexico Taiwan
Czech Republic Mongolia The Gambia
Denmark Moldova Tonga
Dominica Monaco Trinidad and Tobago
Ecuador Montenegro Tunisia
El Salvador Morocco Tuvalu
Estonia Nauru Uganda
Germany Netherlands Ukraine
Fiji Nicaragua United Arab Emirates
Finland Uruguay United Kingdom
France Norway Vatican City
FYROM New Zealand Vanuatu
Greece Oman Venezuela
Granada Panama United States
Guyana Paraguay Zambia
Georgia Peru Zimbabwe
Guatemala Philippines

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