The whole process to obtain a Malta passport via the Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP) is divided into a number of stages.
With each stage, different documentation, forms and fees need to be submitted and paid accordingly.
The following are the main stages and key milestones of the whole process:
A. Residency Stage
B. MIIP Application Stage
C. Oath of Allegiance and Naturalization
This publication aims at providing guidelines and an overview of the process, including the documentation and payments that need to be submitted to the authorities.
All applications are to be handled exclusively by agents to Identity Malta (the authority appointed by the Maltese government to process the applications). We are agents to Identity Malta and hence can process the applications accordingly and act as a single point of liaison with the authorities.
B. RESIDENCE STAGE
Stage A: Preliminary Information: The requirement of the Genuine Link
By law, no passport will be issued to an applicant unless he proves that he is resident in Malta for a minimum period of 12 months. In order to prove such residence, the candidate must apply for an e-Residence Card.
The “residence requirement” requires evidence of a genuine link with Malta.
Candidates must commit to some presence (but not 365 days) in Malta before citizenship is granted. Persons already resident one year prior to MIIP approval already satisfy this requirement and need not apply for e-Residence Card again.
As agents, we can obtain advance written approval from Identity Malta of their clients' proposed genuine links. Till now, the authorities have accepted the following as genuine links:
Stage B: Obtain Clearance from the Police of Malta
The applicant must provide us with passport copies of all applicants in order for us to obtain clearance from the Police. The e-Residence Card Application form must be submitted within 6 months of such clearance.
Stage C: Obtaining Residential Property
The applicant needs to find residential property for the 12 months period in which he will be considered resident in Malta. There is no minimum value of the property.
In such case, the applicant typically leases property for a period of 12 months at a minimal value, for instance of around €500 per month.
We can assist the client to search for property. If the client so requires, we can provide a selection of selected property for him to choose, subject to availability.
Stage D: Preparing the Application for e-Residence Card
The following is a list of the main steps involved and documentation required to obtain an e-Residence Card:
Forms – all persons to complete:
Stage E: Submission of the Application Form for e-Residence Card
In order to be able to submit the documentation, the applicants (main and dependents) must be physically present at the authorities’ offices in Malta.
Prior to submission of the application form, as agents, we will send all documents the authorities in scanned form a minimum 10 days before meeting.
The officials of Identity Malta will conduct a personal meeting with the applicants (main and dependents) at their offices in Malta in order for them to:
Upon submission of the documentation to the authorities, the applicant must also proceed with the payment of the following fees to authorities:
The e-Residence Card is typically issued within 5 working days, provided everything is in order. The validity of e-Residence Card for the purpose of the MIIP is of 18 months. Upon expiry, applicants must repeat this process and the fee is of €200.
Stage F: Collection of the e-Residence Card
Till now, the authorities have allowed the authorized agents (our firm) to collect the e-Residence Cards on behalf of the applicants. Hence, there should be no need for the applicants to return to Malta to collect the e-Residence Cards.
Stage G: Ensuring Compliance with the Genuine Link Criteria
It is of utmost importance that the applicants abide to the Genuine Links indicated in the Introduction Letter throughout the 12 months residence in Malta. Non-compliance with this requirement may seriously prejudice his passport application form at a later stage.