MALTA CITIZENSHIP

Maltese citizenship for the Republic of Malta is based on the 1964 Constitution, as amended, and the Maltese Citizenship Act. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

MALTESE CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH:
- Persons born between September 21, 1964 and January 8, 1989: Child born within the territory of Malta, regardless of the nationality of the parents.
- Persons Born On or after January 8, 1989: Birth within the territory of Malta does not automatically confer citizenship.
- Persons born in the territory of Malta, on or before September 21, 1964: Child of a
Maltese-born parent.

MALTESE CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT:
- Child born on or before September 21, 1964: Child born abroad, whose father or paternal grandparents were born in Malta and who were also citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies (UKC).
- Child born between September 21, 1964 and January 8, 1989: Child born abroad, whose father was a citizen of Malta.
- Child born on or after January 8, 1989: Child born abroad, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Malta.
- Child born between September 21, 1964 and January 8, 1989: Child born abroad, whose mother was a citizen of Malta; conditional citizenship circumstances, contact Embassy)

MALTESE CITIZENSHIP BY MARRIAGE:
Foreign national who marries a citizen of Malta is eligible to register for Maltese citizenship.

MALTESE CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION:
Maltese citizenship is acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person must be 18 years or older, have resided in Malta for at least five years, and have renounced previous citizenship.

DUAL MALTESE CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED.
Exceptions:
- Child born abroad, who obtains the citizenship of the birth country, is allowed to maintain dual citizenship until age 19. Person then has from age 19 to 20 to renounce foreign citizenship or Maltese citizenship will be revoked.
- Certain native-born Maltese emigrants are permitted to possess dual citizenship. If questions arise, contact the Embassy.

LOSS OF MALTESE CITIZENSHIP:
- VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Maltese citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.
- INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship.

Maltese citizenship information is summarized from the above-mentioned law. Any action concerning Maltese citizenship should be taken after consulting with a Maltese immigration lawyer or the official authority responsible with Maltese citizenship.

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