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Will my son’s Maltese citizenship status be withdrawn if he was arrested?

My family got our Maltese citizenship about two years ago. Recently my 17-year-old son was arrested in our home country for fighting with his classmate. There was nothing serious and he was soon released on bail. However, I know that Malta could withdraw any already approved citizenship if applicants or dependents break its due-diligence standards at any time. I am worried that his citizenship will be impact by this incident.

  • September 04, 2019

    The crimes mentioned in the law that prevent the application for citizenship are more serious than “fighting with a classmate." Also, police certificates need only be presented before the application is approved. However, crimes which are worse, or if the said person becomes a threat to national security or is involved in conduct which is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of Malta, the procedure for deprivation of citizenship takes effect. Moreover, deprivation happens also when within seven years after being registered as a citizen of Malta, been sentenced in any country to a punishment restrictive of personal liberty for a term of not less than twelve months. This is also not the case.