Vietnam’s economy has been growing substantially over the years with a growth of 8.02% in 2022, the fastest annual growth since 1997. Despite the pandemic, the Vietnamese economy remained strong, making it Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economy. With its booming economy and GDP there has been a rise in the number of Vietnamese high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals who are seeking better investment opportunities and quality of life in Europe. It is estimated that there are more than 1234 Ultra High Net Worth Individuals in Vietnam, and such number is forecasted to reach 1551 in three years’ time. Such affluent individuals are increasingly interested in investment migration programmes, such as the Malta Permanent Residence Programme in order to give their family better opportunities such as the right to live in a European country indefinitely and visa-free travel within the Schengen Area.
Malta’s Growing Vietnamese Community
Due to Malta’s stable economy, high employment rate, and multiple investment opportunities, Vietnamese nationals are becoming more and more interested in applying for Maltese residency. As published by IMI Daily , 2.9% of the permanent residence permits issued in Malta through the Malta PR programme have been to Vietnamese nationals, falling second just behind Chinese nationals (90%). With a well-established Vietnamese community it goes without saying that Vietnamese nationals make the best out of Malta’s year-round sunshine, relaxing atmosphere, good quality of life and hospitable people.
Life in Malta for Vietnamese Nationals
Maltese residency offers several benefits for Vietnamese nationals. Such benefits include access to the Schengen Area without the requirement of applying for a visa and the right to live in the Schengen Area for 3 months in every 6-month period. Moreover, with a Maltese PR card applicants and their family members can reside in Malta for life. Malta offers a high standard of living with a strong and stable economy, good education system and top-notch healthcare institutions. As ranked by the WHO in the top 5 healthcare systems of the world, Malta has excellent private and public hospitals ensuring accessible health services for all at affordable rates. Malta is also an attractive location for international business, with a favourable tax regime and a strategic location between Europe and Africa. Malta’s position at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea makes it an ideal hub for enterprises wanting to trade between these continents. Some other factors that makes Maltese Permanent Residence a perfect programme for Vietnamese nationals are longer life expectancy, good air quality, English as an official language, and a booming economy.
Real Estate Investment Opportunities for Vietnamese Nationals
The Malta Permanent Residence Programme offers Vietnamese expats the opportunity to invest in real estate. Malta has a reputation of having one of the best property markets in Europe. There’s no doubt that investments in Malta will offer high returns to Vietnamese buyers. Apart from the investment in the qualifying property which needs to be kept under the name of the Main Applicant, usually investors purchase a second property for rental investment.
Malta Permanent Residence for Vietnamese Nationals
Vietnamese nationals who are at least 18 years old, in good health, and possess financial assets of at least €500,000, can apply for the Malta Permanent Residence Programme.
Applicants will be granted permanent residency in return for an investment in Malta through the rental or purchase of property, a donation to charity and the payment of a government contribution.
Vietnamese nationals have the option of buying property for a minimum of €300,000 in Gozo or the South of Malta, or €350,000 in the rest of Malta, along with a government contribution of €68,000. They can also rent property for at least €10,000 annually in the south of Malta and €12,000 annually in the rest of Malta, the government contribution for which is €98,000. Lastly, applicants must make a donation of €2,000 to a local registered NGO in Malta.
As a summary, Malta Permanent Residency Programme (MPRP) Requirements are:
1. Donate €2,000 to charity, and
2. Pay a government contribution of €98,000 if renting a property or €68,000 if purchasing a property, and
3. Renting or Purchasing a property in Malta
A large number of Vietnamese nationals have already acquired Malta’s Permanent Residence through the MPRP, and more are interested in applying. If you’re interested in applying, feel free to contact us.