An alien or stateless person may apply for citizenship in Malta if such person proves:
- That they have resided in Malta for at least 12 months immediately preceding the date of application
- That during the six years before the said period of 12 months in point 1 above, such individual has resided in Malta for periods amounting in the aggregate to not less than four years
- That they have adequate knowledge of English or Maltese language
- That they are of a good character and would be considered a suitable citizen of Malta
Such a person would be required to take an oath of allegiance to Malta before becoming a citizen of Malta.
A certificate of naturalisation may be given to individuals who were:
- Born to parents who are Maltese citizens, depending on their date of birth
- Born to parents who had emigrated as Maltese citizens and returned to Malta
- Born abroad
At least one of the parents is a Maltese citizen or holds a foreign citizenship. At least one parent is a Maltese citizen. Persons married to Maltese citizens can also apply for citizenship after five years of marriage.
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