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Malta Ordinary Residence Scheme

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The Ordinary Residence Scheme is an attractive residence scheme currently available to individuals seeking to transfer their tax residence from higher-tax countries to safe, prestigious and tax-efficient jurisdictions within the European Union.  Malta allows European nationals who have suitable financial means to adequately sustain themselves the possibility of taking up residence in Malta as ordinary residents.  Ordinary residents of Malta are able to take up gainful employment and business activities in Malta

In satisfaction of the conditions for successfully applying for ordinary residence in Malta, applicants need to purchase or lease property that will be available to them as their residential property in Malta.  Applicants are also required to be covered by a local or international health insurance policy to ensure non-recourse to the local health and social security system.

The tax system applicable to ordinary residents of Malta is a remittance based system of taxation. Accordingly, an ordinary resident is chargeable to tax only on foreign source income that is remitted to Malta and on local source income.  Not subject to tax are foreign source income not remitted to Malta and foreign source capital gains, whether remitted to Malta or otherwise.

Ordinary residence is intended for persons seeking to take up residence in Malta and physically live in Malta, possibly even obtaining a work permit to enable them to seek employment in Malta.

Malta Residence News

Maltese Citizenship Regulations Published | 06/01/2014

Identity Malta: New Expats Agency Launched | 01/10/2013

Partner JP Chetcuti speaks at Malta Residence & Citizenship Seminar in London 26/11/2013

Partner JP Chetcuti speaks at 6th Biennial IBA Immigration & Nationality Law Conference 24/11/2013

Malta Government launches 2013 Global Residence Programme  | 04/06/2013

Record growth in Malta's accounts attributed to increase in foreign business presence | 23/03/2012

More Foreigners relocating Personal and Business Interests to Malta | 14/03/2012

Malta Chalks-up Points on the Economic Freedom Index | 12/03/2012

Malta tops International Living’s 2011 Quality of Life Best Climate Index | 16/02/12

Financial Times highlights Malta's efforts to attract High Net Worth Individuals | 18/01/12



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