MPRP for Indian nationals

Malta Permanent Residence Programme

The Malta Permanent Residence Programme offers permanent residence in return for a property investment in Malta, a contribution to the government and a charity donation. Residency cards are valid for 5 years and can then be renewed indefinitely if the investor maintains an address in Malta (rented or purchased). The Malta Permanent Residence Programme is available to Indian nationals who are at least 18 years old, in good health, and who possess at least €500,000 in capital, out of which €150,000, must be in the form of liquid assets.

Malta as a Second Home for Indians

Indian nationals are showing great interest in foreign permanent residency programmes, more so for Europe in recent years. According to the Maltese Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, there are 112 private investments from India in Malta. Any Indian investors interested in the Malta PR programme should feel consoled by the fact that there’s already a well-established Indian community of around 5000 in Malta, as estimated by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. There’s no language barrier on the island, as all Maltese are fluent in English and all official communication is also done in English. The rich history of 7000 years and unique culture along with the covetable Mediterranean climate makes Malta the perfect place to call home.

Malta Permanent Residence Programme Investment Options for Indian Nationals

Indian nationals can opt for property purchase or property rental to qualify for the Malta Permanent Residence. One can either buy a property for at least €300,000 in Gozo or South of Malta, or €350,000 in the rest of Malta.

It is also possible to rent a property for a minimum of €10,000 annually in the south of Malta or €12,000 annually in the rest of Malta. The government contribution for property purchase is €68,000 and a higher amount of €98,000 is applicable for those renting a property. Indian nationals are also required to donate a minimum of €2,000 to a local registered NGO. All investments and government contributions are to be paid on approval. The applicant only pays a fee of €10,000 on submission of the application which is then deducted from the contribution payable on approval.

Benefits of Malta Permanent Residence Programme for Indian Nationals

The Malta Permanent Residence offers multiple benefits to Indian nationals, the most important one being the automatic eligibility of the applicant’s family for the programme. Applicants can include their children without any age limits as long as they are not married and show that they are still financially dependent on the main applicant. Unlike other countries offering residence programmes, the children will retain their Maltese permanent residence for life even if they get married or find an employment.

Indian nationals can currently travel visa-free to 60 countries. With permanent residency in Malta, comes the ability to travel visa-free throughout the Schengen zone. Malta is rapidly becoming the top choice for investment migration due to its low crime rate and clean environment, which Indian nationals mostly have as a requirement. With a stable economy, great business development potential, a booming property market that offers high returns, and a low unemployment rate, Malta makes for an excellent home for Indians. You can find excellent schools and universities for your kids, along with high-standard hospitals and medical services. The application process is simple and Indian nationals receive the permanent residence card within 6 to 8 months of applying.

Tax System for Indian Malta Permanent Residents

Obtaining permanent residence in Malta does not have an impact on the tax situation of an applicant. Malta adopts the non-dom system of taxation which means that individuals who are deemed to be tax resident in Malta, by spending at least 183 days living in Malta are only taxed on income arising in Malta and income arising abroad which is transferred to Malta. Indian nationals can thus obtain tax residence only if they want to by residing in Malta for more than 183 days or by proving their intention to reside in Malta in the future.

Feel free to contact us to learn more about the application process and legal requirements regarding the Malta Permanent Residence Programme.


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