Citizenship for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment

More popularly known as the Malta Exceptional Investor Naturalization (MEIN) Policy, the MCESDI is the successor policy to the country’s erstwhile Individual Investor Program, which was discontinued in 2020. By virtue of Malta’s membership in the EU, Maltese citizens not only enjoy freedom of movement, but also freedom of settlement, in all other EU countries.


Program at a glance

Program TypeSemi-Direct Citizenship Program
Time to citizenship12-36 months
Time to permanent residency12-36 months
Minimum investmentEUR 690,000
Physical presence requirement2 weeks per year (de facto)
Application processing time12-36 months
Grants visa-free travel to185 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableDonation, Property Investment

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