Overview

When Malta became an Independent State on the 21 September 1964, the Independence Constitution established who should become a citizen of Malta automatically by birth and who could be registered as a citizen of Malta under the provisions of the same Constitution.

As a result of the changes in the citizenship laws which took place in the year 2000, these provisions are now to be found in the Maltese Citizenship Act (Cap. 188).

Through the above-mentioned changes certain restrictions were introduced whereas new categories of persons eligible to apply for registration have been added. On the 1 August 2007, further amendments to the said Act became effective, as a result of which it became possible for second and subsequent generations Maltese born abroad to acquire Maltese citizenship by registration.

What you'll get

Citizenship Certificate by registration.

Eligibility

You are entitled to apply if you are:
i) The spouse of a citizen of Malta and as long as you have been married for at least five years and, on the date of the
ii) application, you are still married to and living with that citizen of Malta;
iii) The spouse of a citizen of Malta from whom you are, on the date of the application, separated de jure or de facto, provided you have lived with that citizen of Malta for at least five years after the celebration of the marriage;
iv) The widow/widower of a person who was a citizen of Malta at the time of his/her death and you had then been married to that person for at least five years and was still living with him/her;
v) The widow/widower of a person who was a citizen of Malta at the time of his/her death, and you would, but for the death of that person, have been married to that person for five years on the date of the application;
vi) The widow/widower of a person who, having passed away before Malta’s Independence on 21st September 1964, would but for his/her death have automatically become a citizen of Malta due to the fact that he/she was born in Malta of a parent likewise born in Malta or was born abroad of a father and a paternal grandparent both born in Malta; Provided that you were still living with that person at the time of his/her death or if you had been de jure or de facto separated, you had lived with that person for at least five years after the celebration of the marriage.

How to apply

Fill in the online form and submit.
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