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About Malta

Malta is a sovereign nation in Southern Europe consisting of an archipelago of three small islands in the Mediterranean Sea- the main island Malta where most of the population lives, the rural and rustic Gozo, and uninhabited Comino with its famous Blue Lagoon. Malta’s location 80km south of Italy, 284km east of Tunisia, and 333km north of Libya gifts it with year-round warm weather and sunshine, and it enjoys excellent transport links by sea and air to continental Europe. A member of the United Nations and Commonwealth of Nations, Malta became independent from the United Kingdom in 1964 before declaring itself a republic in 1974 and later joining the European Union in 2004. Inhabited for millennia since approximately 5900 BC, Malta’s central location in the Mediterranean, along with its position at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, has historically given it great strategic importance and left it with a wealth of foreign influences, with a succession of powers having contested and ruled the islands including the Phoenicians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St. John, French, and British, all of whom left their mark on Malta’s architecture, cuisine, and language. As such, Malta boasts an impressive history and ancient culture on par with or surpassing countries far greater in size, and remains the most attractive option for individuals wishing to obtain citizenship in a dynamic and wealthy European country.




South Europe




493,559 (2019)

Total Area

316 km²


Maltese, English

Passport Rank

8th (2020)


$15.1 billion



Legal Basis

High-ranking people and their families can qualify for Maltese citizenship under the 2013 amendment to the Maltese Citizenship Law 188.


  • EU citizenship gives freedom of movement and right of establishment in all 27 EU countries, Switzerland, and Norway
  • Citizenship in a member country of the British Commonwealth
  • Maltese passport holders enjoy access to the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia
  • CITIZENSHIP PROCESSING TIME 14-16 months (approximately)
  • Low tax on income, no tax on capital gains, gifts, wealth and inheritance
  • Citizenship for life for primary applicant and family which can be inherited by descent

Investment Options

To apply for the Individual Investor Program (IIP), an applicant must satisfy all of the following financial criteria

1. Contribution Fees to (NDSF) (Non-Refundable)
Main Applicant
EUR 650,000
Spouse and any child below 18
EUR 25,000
Any dependent parent above 55, or unmarried adult child between 18-26
EUR 50,000
2. Investment in Financial Assets (Held for 5 years)
Government approved Stocks, Bonds, Debentures
EUR 150,000
3. Acquisition of a Residential Real Estate Property (Held for 5 years)
Applicants can choose to buy OR lease a qualifying residential property
Buy a Residential Property
EUR 350,000
Lease a Residential Property
EUR 16,000 per year

Citizenship Process

Step 1

World Gate will prescreen your passport copy for government pre- approval to ensure fast processing.

Step 2

After down payment of the professional fees required to open your application, World Gate will provide assistance and advice in regard to the collection of the required documents. World Gate will also guide you through Maltese property options in order to satisfy your requirements and start preparing property purchase or rental documentation required for the citizenship application.

Step 3

World Gate will submit your report and the application to the Maltese government. Once your documents are submitted, government due diligence fees shall be paid. Additionally, the balance of your investment shall be paid.

Step 4

Within four months it is necessary to show a copy of your property contract (lease or purchase), confirmation of bonds/stocks acquired, and proof that proper medical coverage is in place. Funds for property purchase and taxes are transferred.

Step 5

The Maltese government makes its decision- the application is accepted, declined, or further documentation is requested. Should your application be rejected, the investment amount will be returned, Once the application is accepted (approval in approximately four months), the balance of service fees shall be paid to the government and the remaining balance of the contribution shall be paid within 25 days of the final approval, as well as the balance of World Gate service fees, as per agreement. The applicants shall travel to Malta to apply for legal residence and acquire a residency card.

Step 6

The applicant and dependents shall visit Malta for an Oath of Allegiance and provide bio-metrics for the passports. The Maltese government will then issue a certificate of naturalization and passport in your name.

Visa-Free Countries

* Visa on arrival
** Electronic visa
– The above list includes territories
– The list of countries is subject to change in accordance with each government’s policy

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