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DUAL CITIZENSHIP   -   the rule, not the exception

Before After
  • Maltese citizens aged 18 who held a foreign citizenship were allowed twelve months to choose between Maltese and foreign citizenship. Those who chose foreign citizenship had to give up their Maltese nationality.

  • A person automatically ceased to be a citizen of Malta once he acquired a foreign citizenship.

  • People living abroad for an aggregate period of six years could acquire dual citizenship, only if they were born in Malta.

  • People who were born abroad of a Maltese mother and a foreign father between 1964 and 1989 were not eligible for Maltese citizenship.   

  •  A foreigner who married a Maltese citizen could apply for Maltese citizenship on the morrow of his wedding.

  • Persons who before had to choose between a Maltese and a foreign citizenship can now hold both. This also applies to people with more than one citizenship.      

  • Those who opted to give up their Maltese citizenship to acquire a foreign one, can now re-apply for Maltese citizenship.

  • A "former" Maltese citizen by birth or descent who lived abroad for an aggregate period of six years and acquired the citizenship of the country or one of those countries where he has resided shall be deemed not to have lost Maltese citizenship.   

  • Those who fall under this category can for the first time apply for Maltese citizenship.

  • The foreign wife/husband, of a citizen of Malta can apply for Maltese citizenship only if he/she has been married to and living with his/her Maltese spouse for at least five years. After five years he/she can acquire the Maltese citizenship without losing the foreign one.