Revealed: residency loophole in Malta’s cash-for-passports scheme

Revealed: residency loophole in Malta’s cash-for-passports schemeApril 22, 2021

Leaked files show applicants leave homes empty for most of year while claiming ‘genuine link’ to EU country

  • How ‘golden passports’ firm lays on VIP service to colourful list of clients

Super-rich Russians, Chinese and Saudis have secured unrestricted access to the EU via a Maltese cash-for-passports scheme that requires them to spend less than three weeks in the country, a leak from a passport brokerage has revealed.

The cache of thousands of emails and documents from Henley & Partners provides an unprecedented window into the mechanics of so-called “golden passport” schemes, whereby countries sell citizenship to wealthy foreigners.

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