Citizenship by Registration
Maltese generations born abroad have been able to acquire Maltese Citizenship1 by registration for years. However, thanks to amendments made back in 2007 to the then existing Maltese Citizenship Act, it is now possible for second as well as subsequent Maltese generations born abroad to apply for and eventually be granted Maltese citizenship.
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Who is eligible?
- Spouses and/or widows/widowers who were married to a Maltese citizen;
- Sons or daughters born of a female born in Malta or who acquired Maltese citizenship by birth in Malta;
- Former citizen of Malta who does not qualify automatically for dual citizenship because he/she had not resided for a minimum of 6 years abroad;
- Former citizen of Malta who was formerly a citizen of Malta by Registration or by Naturalisation;
- A descendant in the direct line of an ascendant born in Malta of a parent likewise born in Malta.
All the above options are considered on a case by case basis. More information regarding every option mentioned may be discussed in person or over online meetings, in order to ensure a smooth and timely process.
- Depending on the option which would suit your need best, ACT is in a position to assist you with providing the list of documentation required for submission. You may have a preview of these documents by viewing the below.
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- The required documentation is submitted in person to Aġenzija Komunità Malta (henceforth referred to as the ‘Agency’), either by the applicant or by the Agent assisting;
- Upon the completion of the document’s review, the applicant signs the duly completed application form;
- The Agency will administer all the oaths, including the Oath of Allegiance to the Republic of Malta;
- Applicable fees, payable to the Agency are to be made on the day of submission via card or cheque. Cash payment is not accepted.
Review of Application & Granting of Maltese Citizenship
The Agency processes the application and successful applicants will be granted Maltese citizenship. They will be considered citizens of Malta from the date printed on their certificate of registration.
If an applicant was born abroad, the Agency will inform the Director of Public Registry about the granting of Maltese citizenship so that the birth certificate may be registered at the Public Registry Office.
The full name of all those persons who were naturalised as citizens of Malta during the preceding year is published in the Government Gazette on an annual basis.
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