The Malta Global Residence Programme & The Malta Permanent Residence Programme: A Comparison

Malta has a number of residence programmes aimed at attracting non-EU/EEA nationals to obtain residence status in Malta. The various programmes range from those intended to confer the status of permanent residence to programmes giving a special tax status. To this effect Malta offers two main residency routes through the Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) and the Malta Global Residence Programme (GRP).

The main difference between these two programmes is that the Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) is a permanent residence programme whilst the Global Residence Programme (GRP) is a temporary one which mainly gives a special tax status.

Residence status obtained under the MPRP is valid for life, whilst the residence status obtained under the GRP is renewed on an annual basis subject to paying an annual tax. The GRP is therefore a tax residence programme granting tax residency whilst the MPRP does not automatically lead to a tax status in Malta. Under the GRP, a beneficiary is required to pay a minimum annual tax of at least €15,000 whilst under the MPRP there is no such requirement of paying an annual tax in Malta.

The Malta Global Residence Programme (GRP)

The Malta Global Residence Programme (GRP) is a tax residence programme conferring a tax status. Once the tax status is issued, the applicant can apply for a Maltese residence card. Beneficiaries of this status obtain the right to reside in Malta, and to travel within the Schengen Area without a visa. Beneficiaries also get the benefit of having their foreign source remitted income at a flat rate of 15%. Any income generated in Malta is however taxed at a flat rate of 35%.

There are three main requirements to participate under this programme:

  1. Pay a one-time government application fee of €6,000,
  2. Invest in a Property in Malta (either rental or purchase*),
  3. Pay a minimum annual tax of €15,000

*The Minimum Purchase value is of €220,000 and the Minimum Annual rent is of €8,750 annually.

Under this programme a main applicant can include the spouse, children who are under the age of 25, siblings and directive relatives in the ascending line provided that they are financially dependent on the Main Applicant.

Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP)

The Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) is a permanent residence by investment programme for non-EU/EEA nationals granting a PR status within a period of 4-6 months. Beneficiaries of this status obtain the right to settle, stay and reside permanently in Malta and also the right to travel within the Schengen Area without a visa.

Applicants are eligible to apply under this programme if they show that they have capital of not less than €500,000 out of which €150,000 are to be financial assets.

There are three main requirements to participate under this programme:

  1. Pay a donation of €2,000 to a local philanthropic organisation,
  2. Invest in a Property in Malta (either rental or purchase*),
  3. Pay a Government Contribution of €98,000 (when renting) or €68,000 (when purchasing)

*The Minimum Purchase value is of €300,000 and the Minimum Annual rent is of €10,000 annually.

Under this programme a main applicant can include the spouse and their parents, grandparents and children as long as they are financially dependent on the main applicant.

Comparing the GRP & MRVP Programmes

 

  GRP MPRP
Minimum Annual Tax €15,000 per annum Zero
Tax Rate 15% – Foreign Source Income
35% – Local Source Income
0% – 35%
Property Purchase Central/North EUR275,000
South/Gozo EUR220,000
Central/North EUR350,000
South/Gozo EUR300,000
Property Rental Central/North EUR9,600
South/Gozo EUR8,750
Central/North EUR12,000
South/Gozo EUR10,000
Minimum Stay in MT* No min. stay No min. stay
Official Application Fee €6,000 €68,000 if purchasing, or

€98,000 if renting

 

Philanthropic Donation Zero €2,000
Dependants Spouse, Children up to 25 years, brothers, sisters and parents
(If financially dependent)
Spouse, Children
(if financially dependent )
+ Parents & Grandparents
Application Process 4 months 6 months

Why choose ACC Immigration?

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