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Malta: Individual Investor Program (MIIP)

If it is EU citizenship you are looking for, you can't go past Malta’s Individual Investor Programme (MIIP).  It was the first to be recognised by the EU and after only one short year you can apply for citizenship and a Maltese passport along with the benefits of being a citizen of the European Union.  You do not need to live in Malta for this time, however you will need to show that you have established real connections within Malta.   

Investment amounts required:

  • Main applicant - €650,000 
  • Spouse - €25,000 
  • Young children - €25,000 per child 
  • Unmarried children 18-26 - €50,000 per child
  • Dependent parents and grandparents - €50,000 each 

You must also purchase a property with a value of €350,000 or rent a property for at least €16,000 per year.


  • Malta Individual Investor Programme (IIP) - If you make a €650,000 non-refundable contribution to the National Development and Social Fund, you can apply for Maltese citizenship.  In addition, there is a contribution for any spouse, children and other dependants. You must also establish a residence in Malta through either (a) purchasing real estate valued at no less than €350,000 or (b) renting a property at no less than €16,000 per year, for a minimum of five years. Lastly, you also need to make an investment of €150,000 Euro for 5 years in Government approved financial instruments.

Individual Investor Program (MIIP) Key Points

Programme Name:Individual Investor Program (MIIP) Minimum investment:EUR 1,000,000
Time to permanent residency: Immediate Time to citizenship:1 years
Typical processing time:15 months Minimum stay:12 months
Visa Free Countries:157 Passport Ranking:24th
Cost of Living Rank:33rd Corruption Rank:47th

Malta Overview

If the island life is for you and you’re looking for a place with a strong character, one of the Maltese islands might be a great place for you to settle. It’s one of the most densely populated areas in Europe so you’ll definitely not get lonely. Make friends with locals, who are known for being very friendly, or with one of the 23,000 foreigners from over 150 different countries living in Malta. 

People love the islands for the relaxed way of life, low cost of living and of course the beautiful surroundings that offer tons of outdoor and water sports opportunities. And with over 300 days of sunshine a year and short winters, the island is perfect for sun worshipers and those who like a tropical lifestyle. Serious crime is hard to find and a lot of locals still leave their doors unlocked. 

Many international companies have offices in Malta, creating specialist jobs that need to be fulfilled by people who speak foreign languages, offering interesting opportunities for immigrants. Another appealing aspect about the island is the attractive tax policies and stable financial and political climate. Maltese health care, the sixth best in Europe, is also free when you’re employed.  

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The passport for Malta allows you to travel to 157 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 24.