Citizenship Law

St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship By Investment

Malta and Cyprus present a number of different possibilities which lead to the attainment of Maltese or Cypriot citizenship, mainly through birth, descent, marriage and naturalisation. Thanks to its pleasant climate, riveting history and a rich culture, as well as its reputation as a financial hub in the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta has attracted a number of successful and international business families. Malta’ citizenship law offers different types of citizenship programmes to suit the circumstances of different individuals.

Cyprus, which has ranked as the 5th best relocation destination in the world, according to ranking by an international lifestyle review, has attracted its fair share of individuals wanting to acquire Cypriot citizenship, particularly HNW and professional individuals, especially through its favourable tax regime for new residents.

European Citizenship by Investment

We specialise in assisting families acquiring citizenship by investment within established programmes within the European Union under the following programmes:

Malta Citizenship Law Developments

Malta has set itself up as an attractive second citizenship of choice for a number of reputable and successful international families around the world. Maltese citizenship law allows dual or multiple nationalities, and since a number of developments which took place in 2013, it offers upstanding persons of good repute the possibility to attain Maltese citizenship through a significant investment to the Maltese economy.

Malta Citizenship by Investment

The Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme has attracted a number of highly qualified and successful EU and non-EU nationals, including entrepreneurs and families, who were looking for an alternative family base for private, business or financial purposes. Individuals under this programme benefit from having a European passport which gives them access to the EU, of which Malta has been a member since 2004, and visa-free travel within the Schengen area which comprises over 50 countries, available to Maltese citizens since 2007. This is only one of the reasons why one would want to acquire Maltese Citizenship. There are a number of factors which make Malta such a popular immigration location, including:

  • security and a high standard of living;
  • hospitable multilingual people;
  • straightforward monetary repatriation through an excellent banking infrastructure;
  • beneficial tax schemes and an extensive network of double taxation agreements;
  • remittance basis of taxation for resident non-domiciled persons.

Malta Citizenship Law & Taxation

Those who obtain Maltese citizenship but do not take up residence in Malta will still benefit from a tax neutral environment. Expatriates who elect for tax residency in Malta will benefit from Malta’s unrivalled quality living and tax optimisation opportunities. Bearing in mind Malta’s growing reputation as a high quality living destination and as a tax-efficient residence option within the European Union, our Malta Citizenship Lawyers have increasingly advised on tax optimisation opportunities of moving to Malta under the best residence scheme or programme which would suit the needs of the client. For information regarding Malta citizenship tax planning considerations and pre-immigration tax planning assets, make reference to our factsheet on Malta Citizenship & Taxation.

Our Malta Citizenship Law Practice

Our award-winning Malta Citizenship Law team is the oldest specialised immigration law practice in Malta. Headed by Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker, and Kenneth Camilleri, our team of specialised Citizenship lawyers are committed to providing the best Malta citizenship law advice and cross-border relocation assistance to private clients and HNW individuals worldwide. Our team has successfully represented individuals and families, from expatriate retirees and  immigrants seeking employment to entertainment and sports personalities and HNW individuals listed in Fortune lists.

Our services also includes practical relocation assistance, be it transportation of movable effects, schooling, renting or buying property, obtainment of a driving licence or health insurance coverage, thus offering a truly comprehensive and holistic service to our private clients.

Whether it is for employment, business or financial purposes, or even simply to enjoy living in a warm, hospitable jurisdiction, Malta can offer a residence status that fully caters for the various needs and circumstances of every individual who wishes to relocate to Malta. Our team at Chetcuti Cauchi highly values timely compliance and ensures that clients are kept up-to-date with the latest official information. Moreover, to truly provide a holistic service to our clients we work with a number of overseas law firms, immigration professionals and real estate specialists and foreign tax-practitioners to provide professional assistance and guidance on relocation and tax residence which goes beyond basic legal requirements.

Our Malta Citizenship Lawyers

To provide the best advice possible for different families and individuals, our Malta Citizenship lawyers make sure to identify the specific needs of the individual or family and associate the client’s requirements with the requirements of the several Malta tax schemes available. We offer advice on the legal and tax rules and implications of taking up ordinary residence in Malta for European Union nationals and take care of the applications process. As registered mandatories, we handle residence applications from EU and non-EU individuals that decide to take up residence under the special tax scheme available.

Our Malta citizenship lawyers tackle the legal aspects that go into changing residence, such as permits, application and real estate contracts, but also seek to project manage the relocation process for our clients. We go above and beyond the traditional legal requirements and seek to make the relocation process as smooth and stress-free as possible for our clients by easing the obligations and responsibilities associated with this area. This is done through our collaboration with external collaborators, suppliers, contracts and other involved parties – with the intention of making such an important, personal, life-changing process – easier and more manageable.

Cyprus Citizenship Law: Fast track Citizenship by Investment

The Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Programme gives the opportunity to investors to acquire Cypriot citizenship through a programme that was classified among the “top ten best in the world” in studies carried out by global immigration experts. What makes this such an attractive programme is that it does not set a threshold for any minimum physical residency required by interested individuals prior to the grant of citizenship. This programme is aimed at investors pursuant to the “Scheme for Naturalisation of Investors in Cyprus by Exception” on the basis of the Civil Registry Laws. By virtue of this law, the Cyprus Council of Ministers may grant citizenship by naturalisations to foreign entrepreneurs.

Moreover, Cypriot citizenship will also be granted to the spouse and children of the investors without the need for any of them to meet any additional financial or legal criteria. In addition, Cypriot citizenship is granted for life through Citizenship by investment and is automatically transferable to descendents. Read more on the Cyprus Citizenship by Investment.



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Key Contacts

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti

Managing Partner

+356 22056411

Mr Kenneth Camilleri

Senior Partner

+356 22056414

Dr Antoine Saliba Haig

Legal Associate

+356 22056446

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