Residence Programme rules

Foreigners (EU/EEA/Swiss Nationals only) may submit an application under the the Residence Programme rules if they satisfy the following conditions:

  • Applicant must hold a Qualifying Property. The applicant needs to either purchase an immovable property in Malta of not less than € 275,000 or rent an immovable property in Malta for not less than € 9,600 annually as a lessee.  Said Qualifying Property Holding must not be a shared property;
  • Have stable and financial resources
  • No access to social assistance system in Malta;
  • In possession of a valid travel document;
  • In possession of an EU wide sickness insurance;
  • Fluent in one of Malta’s official language – Maltese or English
  • Fit and proper person
  • Not benefiting from any other special tax status or be a Maltese national
  • Does not spend more than 9 months a year in Malta
  • Does not spend more than 183 days per calendar year in another country


Individuals benefiting under this programme will be issued, together with their dependants, with a residence card, renewable every 5 years, which shall entitle the holder to reside in Malta and to move freely within the Schengen countries without a Schengen visa. Furthermore, the individual holder shall acquire a special tax status allowing for a flat rate of 15% on all foreign sourced income remitted to Malta with a minimum annual tax charge of € 15,000. All other income shall be taxable at 35%, with treaty relief being available.