Malta announced the neutral 'X' gender marker for official documents in 2017 after the Parliament's approval of the Gender Identity Act. The official issuer authority is the Identity Malta.
The "X" gender-marker is accepted for all official documentation on Malta, including identity cards, passports and residence permits. The Maltese government is committed to recognizing all LGBT rights, so people may choose the way to identify themselves to help the creation of a fairer society.
The operational changes to the Maltese immigration IT systems were simple and straightforward; the modified program guarantees that the security cannot be compromised. LGBT, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual applicants must take an oath in the presence of a notary as requisite, and the of the proof of the act must be attached to the application.
However, holders of such passports must take care during travelling. The marker is internationally recognised but LGBT travellers must be aware the legislation and attitudes related to gay people in the jurisdiction they wish to visit.
LGBT applicants may obtain the resident status and even the citizenship of Malta. Gay and lesbians can marry or enter into a registered civil union through the gay-friendly legislation of the Mediterranean paradise islands.
The Malta Individual Investor Program is the first citizenship by investment program accepted by the European Commission. Malta attracts foreign applicants who can share their talent, expertise or business connections. Malta is one of the most secure countries of Europe and guarantees the security and equal chances for the members of the LGBT community. The Individual Investor Program offers the opportunity to same-sex couples to immigrate and obtain the citizenship with their partners or spouses. Malta also recognizes the foreign marriage certificates in the case of gays from third countries.
The "Malta Residence and Visa Programme" is one of the most attractive and affordable residency by investment schemes in the European Union. The main requisite to qualify for the program is an investment of €250,000 for five years into government bonds or government bond funds in Malta. The applicants also have to purchase or rent residential property in Malta or Gozo. In the case of a purchase, the minimum value must exceed €270,000. When the candidate chooses the rental option, the minimum annual rental fee is €10,000.
The Maltese legislation regarding resident status is a relaxed solution. The residents can keep their status until they do not stay in one another country more than 183 days in one year. Meanwhile, the not domiciled residents of Malta are tax exempt on their foreign sourced income. However, permanent residents and citizens must pay the general income tax on their worldwide sourced income.
Ask here consultation on the Maltese immigration programs for investors and entrepreneurs.