To be eligible, the applicant cannot be an individual who at any time was found guilty for any criminal offense that was punishable with more than one year of imprisonment. The applicant would also need to present a clean police conduct which would need to be issued from the applicant’s country or countries of citizenship and from each country he/she has resided for a minimum cumulative period of six months in the last 10 years. Therefore, your application for the Malta Individual Investor Program would only be considered if you can provide sufficient evidence that the criminal offense was an involuntary offense.
Can a criminal conviction impede my Malta CBI application?
I am from Brazil and was convicted of a crime when I was 18. I served five years in prison and have tried to be a model citizen ever since. Could this exempt me from becoming Maltese? What can I do to increase my chances for approval?
It is very unlikely that your application will be approved by Identity Malta, as Maltese government is trying to attract "fit and proper" people to Malta under the MIIP and the level of due diligence is extremely high.
The Malta citizenship-by-investment program has some of the strictest due-diligence standards of any immigrant investor program in the world to ensure only deserving and reputable applicants are granted Maltese citizenship. As part of the Malta Individual Investor Program, there is a four-tier due-diligence process carried out directly by the government to assess candidates comprehensively. Applicants must have a clean criminal record. The Malta Individual Investor Program will only accept investor immigration candidates who are highly respectable and have no ties to criminal activity.