Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP)

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The Malta Permanent Residence Programme Regulations (“MPRP”) were introduced by virtue of L.N. 121 of 2021 on the 26th Of March 2021. The rules surround the concept of acquisition of residency through investment which enables successful applicants to reside, settle and stay indefinitely in Malta. Such rights will be conferred to successful applicants and their dependents through a Residence-by-Investment Certificate. Applicants are to submit an application to the Malta Residency Visa Agency (the “Agency”) through a qualified agent. The role of the qualified agent is to act as a liaison between the applicant and the Agency.

  • The applicant must have attained 18 years of age;
  • The applicant must be a third country national. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals are not eligible to apply under the MPRP;
  • The applicant must be in receipt of stable and regular resources which are sufficient to maintain himself and his dependents;
  • The applicant and any dependents must be in possession of a valid travel document;
  • The applicant must provide evidence to the Agency that he holds assets amounting to €500,000 out of which a minimum of €150,000 shall be in the form of financial assets.

Once the Agency is satisfied that such requirements are in place and the €10,000 initial part of the non-refundable administrative fee has been paid, the applicant receives a Letter of Approval in Principle. Within 8 months from the issuance of this letter, the applicant needs to further satisfy the following requirements; 

  • The applicant is to pay the remaining part of the non-refundable administrative fee amounting to €30,000 (payable within 2 months from the date of the Letter of Approval in Priciple);
  • The applicant is to pay the contribution amount, with such amount depending on whether the qualifying property is owned or rented, and whether any dependents are included in the application;
  • The applicant is to present proof of title to the qualifying property in Malta which may either be a rental or an owned property;
    • In the case of an owned property, the consideration of such should be a minimum of €350,000, which is reduced to €300,000 where the property is located either in the south of Malta or in Gozo;
    • In the case of a rented property, the rent for such should be a minimum of €12,000 per annum, reduced to €10,000 where the property is situated in the South of Malta or Gozo.
    • The property is to be held by the applicant for a period of at least five years from the day on which the Agency issues the certificate of residency.
  • The applicant is to make a donation by means of a financial contribution of €2,000 to a locally registered non- governmental organisation or  society  registered  with  the  Commissioner  for Voluntary  Organisations,  or  as  otherwise  approved  by  the
  • The applicant must show proof of a sufficient sickness insurance covering the applicant and any dependents.
  • The applicant is to provide any other documents which the Agency may require at its discretion.
  • The spouse of a main applicant in marriage or in another relationship which has a similar status to marriage including civil unions, domestic partnerships and common law marriages;
  • The child of the main applicant or their spouse who at the time of the application is less than eighteen years of age;
  • A child of the main applicant or of their spouse who at the time of the application is over eighteen years of age and is not married. Such dependent must prove to the Agency’s satisfaction that the child is principally dependent on the main applicant;
  • The parent or grandparent of the main applicant or of their spouse who prove to the Agency’s satisfaction that at the time of the application they are principally dependent on the main applicant;
  • An adult child of the main applicant or of their spouse who has been certified as having a disability by a recognised medical professional in terms of the Equal Opportunities Act.
  1. A conduct certificate or similar for the applicant and any dependents over the age of fourteen. The conduct needs to be issued by the country of origin, and any other country of residence where the applicant would have resided for more than six months during the last 10 years.
  2. Evidence of an undertaking to purchase or lease the qualifying property;
  3. An undertaking to remit the total of the required contribution payable;
  4. An undertaking to make the donation required (€2000);
  5. Confirmation that the applicant and any of his dependents are not suffering from any serious illness or contagious disease and hence will not be of an unreasonable burden on the national health system;
  6. An affidavit confirming that the applicant does in fact support any of the dependents who are over the age of eighteen.
  7. A sworn affidavit that the applicant or any of the dependents have not at any time been found guilty of, or have been suspected of any criminal offences, other than an involuntary offence, punishable with more than one year imprisonment;
  8. Any document that the Agency will deem necessary from time to time.

The main applicant and any of his dependents shall not be;

  • An individual indicted before an International Criminal Court or a person who appeared at any time before an International Criminal Court, whether the person has been found guilty or otherwise.
  • Listed with INTERPOL or EUROPOL or any other international sanctions;
  • A potential threat to national security, public policy or public health;
  • An individual who, at any time, had pending charges and/or has been found guilty of crimes related to terrorism or funding of terrorism, money laundering, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and crimes that infringe Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms;
  • An individual who has been found guilty or has charges against him which disturb the good order of the family;
  • An individual who at any time was found guilty or has been suspected of any criminal offence that is punishable with more than one year imprisonment (excluding involuntary offences);
  • Involved in any activity which may cause disrepute to the Republic of Malta.

 

The main applicant and any of his dependents cannot be a beneficiary of any of the following programmes:

–           Residence Scheme Regulations

–           The Highly Qualified Persons Rules

–           The High Net Worth Individuals – Non-EU/EEA/Swiss Nationals Rules

–           The Malta Retirement Programme Rules

–           The Qualifying Employment in Innovation and Creativity (Personal Tax) Rules

–           Residence Programme Rules

Administrative Fees

(non-refundable)

Initial Application fee to be paid one month from the submission of application€10,000
Final Application fee to be paid within 2 months from the issuance of the Letter of Approval in Principle€30,000

 

Contribution payable in the case of a qualifying owned property

(to be paid within 8 months post the issuance of the Letter of Approval in Principle)

Contribution€28,000
 Additional contribution in the case of a dependent parent or grandparent of the main applicant or their spouse€7,500 (per dependent)

 

Contribution payable in the case of a qualifying rented property

(to be paid within 8 months post the issuance of the Letter of Approval in Principle)

Contribution€58,000
 Additional contribution in the case of a dependent parent or grandparent of the main applicant or their spouse€7,500 (per dependent)

 

Fees relating to Dependents

(Fees payable for dependents to be included in Residence-by-Investment Certificate )

Spouse of main applicant€7,500
Parent/Grandparent of the main applicant or of their spouse€ 7,500
Spouse of a dependent€7,500
Each and every other person to be included on certificate€5,000
N.B. Dependents being children under the age of 18 or children over the age of 18 but certified as having a disability are not subject to the payment of a contribution.

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Florian Karrer - Walters & Karrer Internacional

"We are happy to have E&S Group as our legal and transaction consultants. Their reliable and prompt advise on Maltese regulations and requirements has been extremely helpful throughout. Through our interactions with Mariella, Deborah and Anton among others, we find their team to be courteous, skilled, and promptly available to assist us as needed."

Prashanth Swaminathan, CEO of XDAT

“Having E&S as a reliable and trusted firm in Malta handling all the complexities of our corporate operations has been a real pleasure. I would recommend E&S Consultancy to anyone who is seeking the right partner when setting up in Malta"

Eric Benz, CEO of Changelly

"Applying for the MPRP is a complex project but with E&S team, the whole process didn’t seem to be as complex. The team first explained the process and then created a very detailed work activity tracker explaining each activity clearly. The team was very quick to respond to any clarifications and gave us confidence, helping in every step to make the process doable. One of the key areas for E&S’ success in guiding us was the painstaking detailed documentation and steps to be followed. Moreover, the process moved fast, and we got our approval the first time, in one shot. I would strongly recommend E&S for MPRP process as with them, you will get it done successfully and faster than others.  For me, I see the full form of E&S as Efficiency and Success for its clients."

Rangin Lahiri - CEO & Founder of YVC Europe Ltd

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Michael Gatt – Global Gaming Group (CFO)

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Anna Davies at ANCROFT Corporate Consultants, London, UK

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