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Access the world with Maltese citizenship

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This is a sponsored article from Henley & Partners.


In Asia, one of the primary motivations for obtaining a second passport is to break free from limited travel mobility associated with most Asia-domiciled passports. Therefore, high-net-worth individuals and their families look to countries such as Malta for visa-free access to numerous countries, especially those in the EU.

Malta – a foothold in Europe

Situated just south of Sicily, between North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe, Malta’s strategic location and reputation for stability and security have made it into a leading European financial center. The country, referred to as an open-air museum, has a history dating back to 5,000 BC, and a skyline dominated by 16th-century architecture. Malta is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, among them its capital, Valletta, that will wear the illustrious crown as ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2018.

Apart from experiencing the island lifestyle with stunning natural beauty, Maltese citizens enjoy the benefits of the world’s 10th most powerful passport according to the 2017 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index. Malta boasts a high quality of life in terms of human development, travel freedom, stability and peace. Residents are also within close reach of top business destinations such as London and Dubai. 

Malta’s Residence and Citizenship Programs

Henley & Partners is the global leader in residence and citizenship planning, and have partnered with multiple governments and countries such as Malta in developing their investment migration programmes. Having assisted thousands of private clients in accessing these programs, the firm is best placed to guide wealthy individuals through the citizenship-acquisition process.

The Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP) is exclusively capped at 1,800 applicants and one of the most sought-after in the world. It is the only citizenship program of its kind to be endorsed by the EU. It is also widely considered to be the most successful citizenship-by-investment programme, securing more than EUR 1 billion for the country since its inception. The application process for citizenship is efficient and applies the world’s strictest due diligence standards. A minimum of EUR 1 million is required for a single applicant and approval can take between six months and two years.

The Malta Residence and Visa Program (MRVP) allows successful applicants and their families the right to stay indefinitely in Malta, with free movement in the Schengen area. The MRVP is attractive for applicants who do not wish to relocate as there is no minimum presence requirement. It boasts a straightforward application process and family members can be included in the application. The residence program requires a minimum financial contribution of EUR 330,000.

A Maltese passport offers unrestricted entry to 167 countries, and the right of settlement in all 28 EU nations and Switzerland. Successful applicants of the MIIP enjoy access to the EU and Malta’s many benefits — settlement in a safe and stable environment, protection under European law and world-class education and medical facilities.

Residence and citizenship-by-investment programmes – particularly that of Malta – provide a mutually beneficial solution that meets the economic needs of countries as well as a growing movement of global citizens. By offering greater choice, opportunity, freedom and security to wealthy individuals, governments secure much-needed foreign investment which drives economic growth and enriches their own citizenry by attracting people with proven business success and valuable networks.

This is a sponsored article from Henley & Partners.

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