What do I need, to get Maltese Citizenship in Australia? 

The first thing you must obtain before getting a Maltese passport in Australia is Maltese citizenship

Getting Maltese Citizenship in Australia 

If you are an Australian looking into obtaining a Maltese passport, you would first need to acquire Maltese citizenship. One of the ways to acquire Maltese citizenship is by establishing ancestral ties to Malta.  

Eligibility for Citizenship by Descent through the Amended Citizenship Act   

Malta amended the Citizenship Act in 2007, effectively making it easier for individuals with an ancestral bond to Malta to become Maltese citizens by descent.   

Australians who can prove that they have a parent who was born in Malta, can apply for Maltese citizenship. If grandparents are living and a bond can be proven, Australians can apply for Maltese citizenship.   

However, if the applicant’s parent was still living on 1st August 2007 but died after 1st August 2010 without (the parent) applying for Maltese citizenship, the link is considered broken.  

Required Documents for Citizenship by Descent  

An Australian who is the descendant in the direct line of an ascendant born in Malta of a parent also born in Malta would need to submit the following documents:  

  1. Apostilled copy of a birth certificate showing the parents’ names; 
  2. If applicable – marriage certificate; 
  3. One recent passport-sized photo; 
  4. Passport; 
  5. Birth and marriage certificate of the ascendants, showing a direct link to two consecutive generations of ascendants born in Malta; and 
  6. For third and subsequent generations:  
    • In case of death – death certificate of ascendant/s born in Malta; and  
    • As applicable – a copy of the registration certificate of ascendant/s born in Malta.  

Certificates of Birth, Death, Marriage, Civil Union, Cohabitation, and Free Status can be acquired online through www.certifikati.gov.mt. The website provides all necessary information about obtaining Maltese registry certificates.   

Application Forms and Checklists  

Maltese citizenship can be acquired by birth, registration, naturalisation, dual or multiple citizenships, or exceptional services by direct investment. 

To identify which application forms to submit and the checklists to adhere to, here are a few scenarios:  

  1. I was born abroad, and my mother was born in Malta 
  2. I was born abroad before the 21st September 1964 – Application Form I  
  3. I was born abroad on or after the 21st September 1964 – Application Form I  
  4. My spouse is Maltese – Application Form B  
  5. I am a Minor – Application form M  
  6. One or more of my grandparents or great grandparents was or were born in Malta – Application Form K  
  7. I was born abroad, and my father was born in Malta 

Applying for Maltese Citizenship in Australia  

The applicant must book an appointment at the High Commission of Malta in Australia or the Consulates-General in Melbourne and Sydney. When booking the appointment, the staff will send you an application form by email, which you will need to fill out, depending on your circumstances.  

The applicant will need to produce supporting documentation personally at the consulate/commission, after which the applicant will swear allegiance to the Maltese People and Flag. The documents will then be sent to Malta. Receipt of confirmation of a successful application can take up to a year. Upon grant of citizenship, the applicant may apply for a Maltese passport.  

If you’re looking for assistance in acquiring citizenship in Malta, do not hesitate to contact us.