Do you have any queries with regards to the Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP)? – Please do not hesitate to contact us or check the FAQs below for an overview of the most frequently asked questions about the MPRP.
Who is eligible to apply under the MPRP?
The MPRP is only open to Non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals of good repute. Nationals from the currently sanctioned countries of (or have close ties with) Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Venezuela are ineligible to submit an application.
Can parents or grandparents of the main applicant apply as dependants?
A parent or grandparent of the main applicant or of the spouse who is principally dependant on the main applicant, can be added as a dependant. An additional fee of €7,500 per parent and grandparent applies. There is no age threshold when it comes to parents and grandparents.
What Government Administrative fee applies for each application?
An administration fee of €40,000 applies for an MPRP application. A non-refundable initial fee of €10,000 should be paid to the Agency within one month of submission of the application. The remaining €30,000 is required to be settled within two months of the issuance of the Letter of Approval in Principle.
What is the Government Contribution to be paid for an entire family?
A government contribution fee of €28,000 (if purchasing property) or €58,000 (if renting property) covers the main applicant, spouse and children who, upon submission of application, are principally dependent on the main applicant. For parents and grandparents of the main applicant and spouse, an additional fee of €7,500 each applies.
Are applicants required to pay a donation to voluntary organisation?
Yes, an applicant is required to make a philanthropic donation of €2,000 to a local registered philanthropic, cultural, sport, scientific, animal welfare or artistic NGO registered with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, or as otherwise approved by the Agency.
What is the validity period of the residence certificate and the residence card?
The residence certificate does not expire provided all the Programme obligations are adhered to. The residence card is valid for 5 years, and is renewable for additional periods of 5 years.
Is it possible for a beneficiary to add a dependent at a later stage after initial application is submitted?
Yes, this is possible, however these are to be added to the application after the residence certificate is issued.
Is it possible for the main applicant to first rent and then buy a property?
Yes, it is possible, as long as the qualifying criteria are satisfied in both cases.
Is it possible for the main applicant to first buy and then rent a property?
In the first five years, this is not possible.
Would the minimum property requirement no longer apply after the first five years?
The beneficiary is not obliged to retain possession of the qualifying rented/purchase property after the first five years. However, to retain the residence permit he must hold a residential property in Malta or Gozo.
Does the applicant need to prove a minimum amount of assets to qualify for the MPRP?
To qualify, the applicant is to give evidence that he is in possession of assets amounting to €500,000 (of which €150,000 should be in the form of financial assets).
Is the applicant required to be in Malta to submit the application?
No, as a licenced agent we can submit the application on behalf of the applicant.
Will a language test be carried out to test the main applicant’s and dependant’s knowledge of Maltese/English?
No language or cultural tests are carried under the MPRP.
Can the Main Applicant be granted an automatic licence to be employed in Malta?
A certificate of residency under the Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) does not entitle beneficiary to any employment permit/licence. The applicant still needs to apply for a work permit through normal procedures.
Can applicants work in an EU country under the MPRP?
The MPRP does not grant the applicant any employment rights in the European Union.
Will the holder of the residence card be allowed to travel Visa-Free throughout Europe or only in the Schengen Area?
Holders of the MPRP residence card may only travel Visa-free to Schengen countries, and for a maximum period of 90 days within a 180-day period.
When minor children under the MPRP reach the age of 18, do they lose their Malta residence status?
Children do not lose their MPRP residence status when they become adults or when they are no longer financially dependent on the Main Applicant.
Is the requirement to show €500,000 capital valid just for the 5 years or for life?
The beneficiary is required to hold the €500,000 capital with €150,000 in financial assets for the first five years only.
How can we help?
At ACC Immigration, we go beyond providing traditional legal services and focus on creating a solution that is tailored to the individual needs of the client. Besides offering professional legal counsel on the different aspects of Maltese law and taxation, our lawyers are licensed agents, meaning that they are authorised by the Maltese Government to submit the Residency Application to Residency Malta Agency for approval. Moreover, expert advice is also given when it comes to property rental agreements, estate management and investment plans. Ultimately, our aim is to provide professional assistance at every stage of the process and guidance from the preparation of the application till the issuance of the Residency Cards.
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