2020 Malta Citizenship Act Regulations issued

LEGAL UPDATE: Grant of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations 2020

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chetcuti co-authored with Antoine Saliba Haig | Published on 20 Nov 2020

Maltese Citizenship for Exceptional Services

Within the remit of the Maltese Citizenship Act as amended in July 2020, the Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations, 2020 are published today nailing down the much awaited procedural and administrative details of the new Maltese investment migration programme. The rules are published further to the completion of the Malta's Individual Investor Programme that reaches its quota of 1,800 approved applications this year.

Maltese Citizenship: Exceptional Services

Article 10(9) of the Maltese Citizenship Act after amendments in 2017 and July 2020, provides for the acquisition of Maltese Citizenship by individuals who render exceptional services to Malta in scientists, researchers, athletes, sports people, artists, cultural performers, investors and entrepreneurs. Exceptional services are defined as services that are unusually excellent or manifestly superior at a local level, and refers primarily to contributions given by scientists, researchers, athletes, sports people, artists, cultural performers, investors and entrepreneurs. Maltese Citizenship is granted to the applicant who renders such exceptional services as well as all eligible dependents of such individual.

Exceptional Services through Investment in Malta

The grant of Maltese citizenship for exceptional services through investment in Malta requires an investment of at least €600,000 to be made upon demonstrating three years of presence.  This period of three years can be reduced to one year if the contribution is increased to €750,000.

Screening and Due Diligence of Applicants for Maltese Citizenship

After the first level of screening, in the form of an eligibility assessment and a screening against the known grounds for rejection, applicants undergo an enhanced standard of due diligence at various stages in the residence application and subsequent citizenship application.   

Genuine Link with Malta a prerequisite for Maltese citizenship

This is in addition to demonstrating a genuine link with Malta through personal, social, commercial, investment and philanthropic engagement with the host country Malta.

Supervision & Regulation of Applications

Applications shall be submitted to and processed by the new Community Malta Agency that has the responsibility of inhouse and additional outsourced due diligence to ensure only clean and reputable families and investors make it to naturalisation as Maltese citizens.

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