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March 4, 2022
Update regarding press release issued by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Citizenship and Communities
In a Press Release issued by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Citizenship and Communities, dated the 2nd of March 2022, it was announced that all applications by nationals of the Russian Federation and Belarus with Community Malta Agency and Residency Malta Agency have been suspended. These agencies handle Malta’s Permanent Residency Programme and Citizenship for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment applications.
The press release states that as a result of the current situation in Ukraine, the due diligence checks required as part of the procedure of these investment migration applications cannot be effectively conducted. Therefore, all applications which are being processed by the authorities have been put on hold and submission of new applications will no be entertained. For applicants which already possess a Maltese residence card issued under these programmes, the residence card will remain valid during this suspension period and requests for renewal of expiring cards will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
Agencies have stated that they would also consider a review of the legally stipulated timelines should this suspension be lifted in the future.
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