The names of all citizens who obtained the passport, irrespective of the reason (naturalization, MIIP, etc.), are published once a year in the Government Gazette. It is obligatory and cannot be avoided.
How can I protect my privacy if I participate in Malta's Individual Investor Program?
Although I appreciate the level of due diligence and transparency that MIIP entails, I am worried about my privacy in this process. I was told that if approved, the name of the main applicant will be published to Maltese citizens, which I do not feel comfortable with. Is the disclosure of the approved applicants a must in the process? Other than names, what other information about the applicant will be published and where?
This is mandatory. Details of all those issued with a passport are published, including their Maltese residential address and identity card number.
Enhanced due diligence is carried out by the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency (MIIPA) under strict confidentiality. Upon being naturalized as a citizen of Malta, the names of new citizens (irrespective whether citizenship has been obtained under the MIIP or through other means) will be published in Malta Government Gazette. This is a requirement as stipulated in the relevant Legal Notice 47 of 2014. No personal information will be published about the applicants.
Names of persons granted citizenship through naturalization or through the investor program are published in Malta. One cannot avoid this. However, no details about the due-diligence process is ever published or disclosed, so it is only the name and identity that are listed.