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Relocation to Malta: Non-EU Citizens

Malta is commonly acknowledged as a preferred jurisdiction for high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) to settle and reside in owing to its track record as a tax-efficient location and its reputation for being a well-regulated yet client-centric country for conducting business.

Programmes available to Non-EU nationals:

For a brief introduction into each programme please click on the above. The information provided herein is intended for general information purposes only and we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied for the information herein. For dedicated and catered legal guidance on the above programmes you are advised to contact Dr. Kurt Catania on info@fidesmalta.com.

Single permit

An individual who is not an EU citizen (known as a third country national) must be in possession of a work permit in order to work and legally reside in Malta. This requirements emanates from the Immigration Act of Malta and by virtue of this a third country employee is to submit an application to Identita prior to commence a legal employment in Malta. The single permit/work permit will give the beneficiary the right to work and reside in Malta. The spouse and minor children of the main applicant will likewise have a right to reside in Malta (by virtue of application) as long as the main applicant enjoys the rights of a valid single permit.

Fides Corporate Services will assist any interested applicants both with Jobplus as well as Identita and ensure that the applicant is compliant in every step of the process.

Key Employee Initiative Application (KEI)

This programme was designed for qualified third country nationals who on the basis of their qualifications and/or experience, are applying for employment in Malta. Single permit applications based on the Key Employee Initiative are processed on a fast-track basis to ensure that third-country nationals applying for managerial or highly-technical posts with Maltese companies may commence their employment at the soonest possible time.

Individuals applying under the Key Employee Initiative must satisfy the following eligibility conditions:

  • Annual gross salary of at least €30,000 per annum;
  • Proof of the relevant qualifications, warrants or the necessary work experience; and
  • Declaration by the employer stating that the applicant has the necessary credentials to perform the duties being assigned

The Global Residence Programme

The Global Residence Programme (GRP) Rules are designed to attract individuals from regions outside the European Union, Switzerland, or the European Economic Area who wish to establish tax residence in Malta.

To apply for the Global Residence Programme, the applicant and their dependents must be represented by an Authorized Registered Mandatory (ARM), such as FIDES CORPORATE SERVICES LIMITED. The ARM will guide and handle the application process on behalf of the applicant.

Subject to satisfying the requirements of the programme, beneficiaries of the Global Residence Programme will receive a residence permit, allowing them to reside in Malta. They can benefit from a reduced fixed tax rate of 15% on all foreign-sourced income remitted to Malta. Additionally, they have the privilege of traveling for tourist purposes within the Schengen area without the necessity of obtaining additional visas.

Malta Nomad Residence Permit

The Nomad Residence Permit enables holders to retain their current employment based in another country whilst legally residing in Malta. The Permit is open to individuals who can work remotely and independent of location, using telecommunications technologies. A successful main applicant may also include their eligible family members in their Nomad Residence Permit application and thereby the entire family may efficiently benefit from the right to live in Malta whilst enjoying visa-free Schengen travel for 90 days out of every 180 days.

The permit will be issued for one year and can be renewed upon application at the discretion of Residency Malta, as long as the applicant still meets the set eligibility criteria. The card may be renewed twice for a global total maximum stay of 3 years.

At a glance, the main requirements under the programme are the following:

  • The applicant must be a third country national who is 18 or over;
  • Must be employed/self-employed or freelance and must have the technological ability to work remotely;
  • The employment must carry a minimum gross yearly income of EUR 32,400;
  • Proof of accommodation in Malta for the duration of the programme;
  • Proof of health insurance cover for the main applicant and any family members for the duration of the programme.

Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP)

The 2021 Malta Permanent Residence Programme is one of the most attractive residence programmes available to individuals within the EU. It is adapt to individuals seeking to acquire permanent residence in a European Country that forms part of Schengen. The legislation underlying the programme provides a strong legislative framework that permits the Main Applicant to add his or her spouse, children, parents (including in-law parents), and grandparents in the application and to grant them the right to remain or settle indefinitely in Malta.

An applicant interested in applying under the programme is to be represented by a licenced Agent. Fides Corporate Services is duly licenced by Commmunity Agency malta and Residency Malta Agency with licence number AKM-FIDE.

At a glance, the main requirements under the programme are the following:

  • Rent or purchase a qualifying property;
  • Make a government contribution of EUR 28,000 if the property is purchased; or a government contribution of EUR 58,000 if the property is rented
  • Make a donation to a charitable institution/non-governmental organisation of EUR 2,000
  • Pay an administrative fee of EUR 40,000 to the Agency (EUR 10,000 of which is payable in the beginning of the application and is non refundable)
  • Take out a health insurance policy in respect of all risks typically covered for Maltese nationals;
  • Hold assets with a minimum value of not less than EUR500,000, out of which a minimum of EUR150,000 shall be in the form of financial assets.

The Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services

The Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations (S.L. 188.05) allows for the granting of citizenship by a certificate of naturalisation to foreign individuals and their families who contribute to the economic development of Malta.
Under the new scheme, successful applicants shall obtain residence in Malta which would subsequently lead to citizenship by naturalisation for eligible applicants.

Below is a quick glance of the process leading to citizenship:

Stage 1 – THE RESIDENCY STAGE

The applicant and his family apply for residence in Malta. Subject to a successful request, a residency card shall be given to the applicant/family within 1 – 2 weeks of their biometric appointment. The applicant has two residence options leading to citizenship. One may opt for a more expedited route and therefore a 12 month residence period or chose the longer approach of holding on to a 3 year residence period prior to applying for Citizenship.

Stage 2 – ELIGIBILITY STAGE

The Eligibility Stage is conducted while the residency period is effective. During the Eligibility Stage, Fides Corporate Services Limited shall prepare an eligibility pack which shall include application forms and supporting documentation for the applicant and his family to go through the Government due diligence stage with a particular focus on the individuals source of wealth and funds.

Stage 3 – THE INVESTMENT

Following the successful completion of the residence period and the confirmation by the Agency of eligibility, it is at this stage that the applicant will make the required investment and submit proof of this to the Agency. In the event of opting for the 12 month residency process, a contribution of EUR 750,000 shall be applicable whereas in the event of applying for a the 3 year residence process, then the contribution fee shall be lowered to EUR 600,000. In both cases, a EUR 10,0000 fee to a charitable institution or local NGO shall also be payable. At this stage, the programme requirement of a qualifying property (rented at a minimum of EUR 16,000/year or purchased at a minimum of EUR 700,000) must also be satisfied.

Stage 4 – CITIZNESHIP

It is at this point that the Agency approves the investment and upon applicant for a request for citizenship , the Agency will invite the applicant and his family to proceed to take the Oath of Allegiance. Once complete, the Agency will issue the citizenship certificate which will give the applicant the right to apply for the passport at the passport office.

 

Fides Corporate Services Limited is duly registered with Community Agency Malta to act as a licenced Agency and holds Agent licence number AKM-FIDE. Any interested applicants should contact us on info@fidesmalta.com to start the process.

Fides is duly registered as an Agent/registered mandatory and established to provide assistance to Private clients and their families who wish to avail themselves of the benefits of becoming beneficiaries of relocation programmes.

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