Freedom of Information (FOI)
|Public Authority||Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency (MIIPA)|
|Description of the department/directorate/entity’s structure|| MIIPA is an independent government entity specifically focused on administering the Individual Investor Programme of the Republic of Malta.|
The Agency is headed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and has a Board comprised of a Chairman, a Secretary, and another four Members. With around twenty employees under its 'Communications & Business Development', 'Operations and Finance' and 'Due Diligence' remits, MIIPA falls under the responsibility of Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli, Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes within the Office of the Prime Minister.
|Description of the department/directorate/entity’s functions and responsibilities||MIIPA is responsible for the processing of applications, the carrying out of an in-depth due diligence process on each and every application, and putting forward recommendations to the Government regarding the granting of citizenship or otherwise.|
|General description of the categories of documents the department/directorate/entity holds (including exempt documents)||As indicated in L.N. 47 of 2014 4.(2), applications shall be made on the forms prescribed under the Citizenship Regulations and shall be accompanied by the prescribed due diligence and bank charges fees, as specified in the Schedule, and by the originals or certified copies specified thereunder.|
|Description of all manuals and similar types of documents which contain policies, principles, rules or guidelines in accordance with which decisions or recommendations are made in respect of members of the public (including bodies corporate and employees of the public authority in their personal capacity)|| The Programme is administered according to L.N. 47 of 2014. |
MIIPA also publishes the MIIPA Handbook, which is now in its third edition since the launching of the programme, providing a comprehensive understanding of how to complete the application forms and the documentation required to support an application filed by main applicants and their families, together with occasional updates according to necessities.
|Statement of the information that needs to be available to members of the public who wish to obtain access to official documents from the public authority, which statement shall include particulars of the officer or officers to whom requests for such access should be sent|| Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer |
Mediterranean Conference Centre,
Old Hospital Street,
Valletta VLT 1645, Malta.
t: +356 2122 5232
|Details of Internal Complaints Procedure|| An applicant whose request for information is refused, or who is otherwise not satisfied with the information provided, its format or the extension of the deadline for the submission of the notification indicating whether a request would be met or not, may address a complaint to Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency (MIIPA). Complaints may be submitted to the Public Authority by e-mail, or through the FOI portal www.foi.gov.mt via the e-ID or through the online form. The complaint should be addressed to the Public Authority’s FOI Officer, who shall bring the complaint to the attention of the officer responsible. |
The officer responsible shall reply to the applicant within 10 working days from the receipt of the complaint. The applicant shall also be informed that he or she may appeal the decision or otherwise address a complaint to the Information and Data Protection Commissioner in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (Cap. 496 of the Laws of Malta). The officer responsible shall inform the applicant of the decision taken with respect to his or her complaint, and in the event of confirmation of a decision not to release the pertinent information, shall explain the reasons thereof.
Whenever the applicant’s complaint is related to the format of the information provided or to an extension of the deadline for the submission of the notification indicating whether a request would be met or not by the Public Authority and the original decision is upheld, the applicant shall be given an explanation as to why his or her complaint cannot be positively addressed. An applicant may also make use of the Internal Complaints Procedure to report failure to meet deadlines or to send notifications. In those cases where the request for information can be met, but has not been met within the deadlines specified by the Act, the officer responsible shall waive any applicable fees for the submission of information.
|Other Information|| Relevant Forms including the Complaint Form may be accessed from the website foi.gov.mt|
Cheques are payable to Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency (MIIPA), Mediterranean Conference Centre, Old Hospital Street, Valletta, Malta. VLT 1645
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 15:00
|Public Authority Contact Details|| Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency (MIIPA)|
Mediterranean Conference Centre,
Old Hospital Street,
Valletta, Malta. VLT 1645
Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer
Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)
Auberge de Castille,