Malta Individual Investor Program - Facilitating Citizenship Through Investment in the Republic of Malta

Contributed by Mossack Fonseca, 13 May, 2014

By: Luis A. Quiel, Lquiel@mossfon.com

Lawyer at Mossack Fonseca. Bachelor’s Degree, Law and Political Science, University of Panama, Panama Master’s Degree (LLM), Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.


The Republic of Malta allows investors to apply for citizenship, with all of its advantages.  Acquiring Maltese citizenship also confers the benefits of European Union citizenship, since Malta has been a member of the European Union since 2004.  Maltese citizenship also provides a visa exemption to more than 160 countries around the world, including the U.S.A.


The Malta Individual Investor Program is the first program of this type, and its validity is officially recognized by the European Commission.

Malta has gained recognition as an excellent jurisdiction for international business.  While Malta provides advantages in prices, taxes and human resources, it also offers investors a flexible domicile according to European Union regulations.  During the last four decades, Malta has established an impressive record in attracting foreign investors, since it provides exceptional advantages in several sectors, including:  Financial Services, “ITC” (Information and Telecommunication Technology), Electronics, Centre of Expertise / Office Support Services, Generic Pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas, Maritime, Formation and Education, Aviation and Digital Industry.


Individual Investor Program (“PII” or “IIP” in English)

Through its Individual Investor Program, the Republic of Malta grants citizenship to those people – and their families - who contribute to the economic development of Malta.  This program is limited to a maximum of 1,800 persons.


Main Requirements

To have access to this prestigious and exclusive program, an applicant must:


Other requirements

In addition to the above requirements, the applicant must:


Due Diligence

The Government of Malta, through the relevant agency, shall exhaustively evaluate each application to ensure that the applicant – and his/her dependents - meet the requirements and do not represent a threat or danger to the good name of the Program.

It is understood that, due to the limited number of spaces that the Government of Malta has allotted for the Program, individual investors have the only opportunity of obtaining citizenship of a European Union country, with all of the advantages and economic and political guarantees that citizenship represents.

As a national of two or more different states, an individual usually has more options available for investment planning and enjoys more privacy banking.  Therefore, many international businesspeople consider a second passport the best insurance one can acquire.

In an ever-changing world, the acquisition of a second citizenship is a wise decision and an investment for the future.  There are no restrictions in Malta regarding double citizenship, and the petitioner may keep his/her current citizenship while enjoying the benefits of a second legal passport.

Mossack Fonseca is currently working in close collaboration with a credited person in Malta affiliated with the Individual Investor Program, in order to assist our distinguished clients to gather and prepare the necessary documents to apply for the IIP.

The possibility of becoming a member of this exclusive, prestigious and beneficial program is a golden opportunity!  Do not miss it!  If you require further information, please do not hesitate to ask us about the Malta Individual Investor Program.

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