Citizenship | Access to EU, United States & Canada

The Malta Citizenship By Naturalisation For Exceptional Services By Direct Investment (ESDI) is administered by Community Malta Agency
and regulated by the Maltese Citizenship Act (CAP. 188) and Subsidiary Legislation 188.05, The Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations


Malta is a southern-European island country, with a population of circa 475,000. Its capital is Valletta, and the official languages spoken are Maltese and English, whilst Italian is also widely spoken. Malta adopted the euro as its official currency in 2008.

As one of the strongest, fastest growing economies of the European Union and the Eurozone, Malta repeatedly positions as one of the top relocation destinations in the world, given its employment, business and lifestyle opportunities. Malta’s economy is broadly diversified, from microchip production to financial services, from highly specialised currency printing to digital gaming, from tourism to blockchain or ‘Virtual Financial Assets’ related enterprises, with Malta being the first country in the world to regulate this sector.


The Malta Citizenship By Investment 2020 naturalisation regulations – also known as the Malta ESDI – supersede the Malta Individual Investor Program regulations. Maltese citizens enjoy visa-free travel to 183 countries including the EU, the United States and Canada, amongst others. Furthermore, with Malta being an EU member state, citizenship in this state grants the right to live, work and study in all 28 EU countries and Switzerland.

The Malta Citizenship By Investment 2020 regulations are renowned for the thorough due diligence process which is considered by the industry as the gold standard. For individuals interested in applying for citizenship through the Malta Citizenship By Investment 2020 regulations, Malta offers access to a high-quality healthcare and educational system, high quality of life, low-crime rate and a peaceful, democratic and politically stable country. Malta is also well-known for the registration, leasing and financing of yachts and aircraft, with excellent facilities supporting both modes of transportation.

Malta citizenship by investment


To acquire citizenship through the Malta Citizenship By Investment 2020 regulations, meaning naturalisation for exceptional services by direct investment, the following commitments are required:

Hold a 36-month residence status and invest EUR 600,000 in the National Development and Social Fund. By exception, the residence period may be reduced to 12 months, if the investment is increased to EUR 750,000; and

Invest a minimum of EUR 700,000 in residential property, or acquire a 5-year lease for a minimum of EUR 16,000 per annum; and

Donate EUR 10,000 to a registered charity(s).

Furthermore, an annual capping of 400 approved applications, will be put in place, together with an overall limit of 1,500 applications.

The amount of government-related administrative fees and due diligence fees under the Malta Citizenship By Investment 2020 regulations, is approximately EUR 21,500.

Our Process


1. Qualify

The CIVIQUO™ process starts by filling in our qualification questionnaire. The questionnaire is a simple online form which helps us to gather all your requirements, whilst ensuring that the essential criteria are met.

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2. Receive Quotes

Our team will use the information you provide to find the best quotes in the market for you. Our growing international network of immigration professionals, means that we can provide the best quotes in the market, for any residency or citizenship programme, anywhere in the world.


3. Confirm

We will send you the quotes and once you have identified a quote which best suits your needs, our team will reconfirm expectations on both sides, a client agreement is signed, and a deposit payment is made.

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4. Application Process

Your chosen service provider, will work with you to start compiling the application. Our concierge-style support will ensure that the process of compiling the application is as smooth as possible.


5. Outcome

Once an application has been submitted, the government authorities review the application and communicate the outcome. This period of time varies depending upon the programme, but it may be used to further explore what opportunities will become available once residency or citizenship are attained.

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6. Renewal & Support

Some residency and citizenship programmes require compliance monitoring, and/or renewals, and together with our service providers, we will make sure that any renewals, or other interventions are done on time, and accurately. Even after this, the CIVIQUO team remains at your service.


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