Acquisition Of Maltese Citizenship Through Marriage - Q & A

Question No 17.

I am a French citizen and I have been married to my Maltese husband for three years. I would like to acquire Maltese Citizenship, the more so since I can now hold such citizenship together with my French citizenship. Am I entitled to do so?

In accordance with the provisions of the recently amended Maltese Citizenship Act (Cap. 188) the foreign spouse of a citizen of Malta may apply to be registered as a citizen of Malta, on the strength of marriage, only after five (5) years of marriage and as long as the couple is still living together when an application is made.

In your case, therefore, as you have been married for only three years, you are not yet eligible to apply for Maltese citizenship.

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