The Maltese Government recently introduced the concept of Citizenship by Merit by means of Legal Notice 335 of 2017. This allows persons possessing exceptional talents to acquire Maltese Citizenship through naturalisation. The aim of the Maltese Government is to attract extraordinary talent mainly in the fields of science, research, sports, art and culture. This new piece of legislation uses the term ‘exceptional’ to describe persons that have contributed to the Maltese community in an unparalleled way or are aiming to do so.
The main aim is to attract talent and innovation to Malta by giving a formal recognition to such achievements or the potential for achievements. The scheme is also open to persons that have contributed to innovation and advancement to humanity and are hence recognised at a global and local level. The scheme is expected to retain such talent in Malta and help to contribute in areas that lack local talent.