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Residence in Malta

Malta is an ideal place to take up residence and local legislation encourages foreigners to live in Malta under favourable fiscal conditions.

With the introduction of various policies, foreigners may benefit from attractive tax structures, amongst other advantages. Foreigners residing in Malta are not taxed on their worldwide income but only on Maltese sourced income and on foreign income remitted to Malta and benefit from relief from double taxation, whether through negotiated double tax agreements with a substantial number of countries worldwide, or through unilateral provisions. Certain foreign income remitted to Malta qualifies for a reduced withholding rate of foreign tax (this applies typically to dividends, interest and royalties), or is exempt from foreign tax (this applies typically to private pensions and to certain capital gains). The provisions of each particular treaty entered into by Malta, must however, be consulted to determine eligibility. Any EU/EEA or third country national who resides in Malta for more than three months requires a permit from the immigration authorities, which is granted on specific grounds, some of which are listed below.


EU / EEA nationals

An EU/EEA national may take up residence in Malta based on one of the following grounds:-

  • Economic Self-Sufficiency - which requires that individuals are able to provide for themselves and for their accompanying dependants by not being in need of any financial support from the Maltese government.
  • Employment - an EU/EEA national may seek offers of employment in Malta as an employee.  Alternatively an individual may opt to set up his own business in Malta.
  • Student - residence may be granted for the duration of term required to complete one’s studies that are undertaken in Malta.

Third Country Nationals (non-EU/EEA)

The criteria for third country nationals (TCNs) obtaining the right to reside in Malta, vary from those applicable to EU/EEA nationals. Following are few of the possibilities:-

  • Employment - TCNs make seek to be employed in Malta subject to their potential employer submitting an application for an employment licence for such post and actually obtaining said employment licence.
  • Self-Employment – A TCN may qualify to apply for self-employed status and work for one’s business subject to meeting certain criteria, which can include investment in capital (minimum amount applies); commitment to recruit a number of EU/EEA nationals; holding a directorship in specially approved companies/projects.
  • Education - Temporary residence may be granted for the entire period of education to students in any private school or university.


see also:
Global Residence Programme
Individual Investor Programme