Malta has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 2004 and is a stable, neutral and highly respected country. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the Maltese archipelago has risen to be one of Europe’s leading investment locations, driven by its reputation for stability, predictability and security. This has made Malta stand out among other global business and financial centers.
The island nation comprises of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino, with a total population of over 500,000 inhabitants occupying an area of 316 km2. The national language is Maltese but the official languages of the country are both Maltese and English. Malta boasts an excellent climate, friendly people, and a low crime rate.
The Malta Residence and Visa Program (MRVP) was implemented in 2015 under the Immigration Act (Cap. 217). The legal basis regarding the MRVP is contained in the Malta Residence and Visa Program Regulations, 2015. These Regulations allow duly qualified, reputable third country nationals (non-EU, EEA or Swiss nationals) and their families, who make a contribution to the economic development of Malta, to be granted a Maltese Residence Permit, allowing the individuals the right to reside, settle and stay indefinitely in Malta, with free movement of travel within the Schengen area.