Citizenship Law Firm promoted 1st Approved Agent

January 09 15:16 2016 by The Editor Print This Article

Malta citizenship specialist law firm Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates are the first Malta citizenship agent to be promoted to privileged "Approved Agent" status, having satisfied the quality, reliability and volume requirements established by Identity Malta.  The law firm's Residency & Citizenship lead partner has been promoted to "approved agent" status, after enjoying 'accredited person' status under citizenship accreditation licence IIP 001.  

Chetcuti Cauchi's Citizenship & Residency track record

Over its long history, the law firm has handled in excess of 1,000 residency and citizenship applications "Chetcuti Cauchi's leadership in the citizenship by investment sector has been very hard earned," says Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, lead partner in the law firm's Citizenship and Residency practice group.  "Firstly, we have dedicated a team of over 20 lawyers and immigration specialists out of the firm's 100 professionals, who exclusively handle Malta's citizenship and residency by investment programmes.  This specialisation has built unrivalled know-how in this field."  

Malta Citizenship Approved Agent

High success rate

The law firm continues to enjoy enviable a high success rate.  Is this possible?  What is the firm's secret formula?  Managing partner Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti replies: "We can maintain our success rate by personally applying our experience to each case individually, but also by being honest at the outset on our clients' eligibility under a residency or citizenship program.  We run thorough due diligence and background checks even before on-boarding a client. Our client's legal advisors often approach us when they have a doubt on their client's eligibility or want a second opinion, as we are able to guide them and assess their chances of success very accurately even before an application is lodged with the relative authorities."

Preferred Citizenship Law Firm


We asked why he would say the firm is a preferred Malta law firm for Malta Citizenship matters.   "The motto we operate by is Big firm expertise, Small firm personal service.  This means one can expect to find the most experienced specialists in the relevant areas of law, viable only for the larger firms.  At the same time, the firm's five partners and their most senior associates continue to emphasise the key values of personal service and individual attention that have been at the core of the firm's exponential growth into an international legal practice of over 100 professionals.

At the same time, we offer our affluent clients' a holistic approach to immigration in Malta, supported as it is by the firm's other specialised teams: International Tax Planning, Succession & Estate Planning, Property Law services and more industry-specific practice groups covering financial services, technology, pharma, energy, maritime and aviation."

The Success of the Malta Citizenship Programme

"Based on a conservative estimate of at least 900 Malta citizenship applications filed to date, the Malta Citizenship program has netted the country at least €1bn in contributions and direct investments."  We were speaking to Mr. Kenneth Camilleri, Tax Director at Chetcuti Cauchi, who leads the Malta FDI Research working group within the firm and is also a citizenship agent licenced by Identity Malta.  "Every year we conduct research and draw up a report on the impact of Citizenship by Investment programmes as well as Residency by Investment programmes on the Maltese economy.  We seek to quantify the financial benefits to Malta through the foreign direct investment generated by the residency and citizenship programmes."  These estimates have been computed based on assumpations including that none of the applicants purchase proeperty in Malta.  It is therefore expected that the financial benefit to the Maltese economy is actually larger than the report estimates.