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Malta Announces New Nomad Residence Permit (NRP) Program

 

Hoping to capitalize on the growing trend of remote-working, adoption of which the pandemic has accelerated, Malta yesterday launched the Nomad Residence Permit (NRP), which will give third-country nationals a legal way to reside in Malta without the need for ordinary types of visas, like work permits.

The scheme aims to attract digital nomads employed by companies outside of Malta, those who run their own foreign-registered businesses, and freelancers who serve clients in a foreign country. As EEA-nationals already have freedom of movement and settlement in Malta, only third-country (non-EEA) nationals are eligible, as was the case with the Malta IIP and RVP schemes.

Malta’s NRP, not unlike numerous other digital nomad visas introduced in recent years, addresses an ever-widening market gap occasioned by information technology advances:

Millions of individuals worldwide perform their work entirely online and can, in theory, conduct it from anywhere but are, in practice, prevented from doing so in countries where long-term residency requires a visa. Typically, countries grant residence permits on the basis of local employment, investment, marriage, and so on. Digital nomad visas, on the other hand, are intended for those who are already employed (and presumably paying taxes) elsewhere.

The residence permit has a validity of one year and is renewable provided the individual continues to meet the requirements. A 300-euro application fee will apply.

Speaking at a press conference about the NRP yesterday, Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship, Alex Muscat, explained that while a digital nomad might be employed in Rio de Janeiro, and paying taxes there, he could now be living and consuming in Malta.

“There’s a market for digital nomads. We’ve already attracted digital nomads in the past, ” said Muscat, according to Malta Independent. Charles Mizzi, head of the Residency Malta Agency (which also governs the Malta Permanent Residency Programme, an investment-based scheme) said the program had been in preparation for months and that the government had consulted with some of the more than 1,000 digital nomads already working from Malta when designing the NRP.

Many requests for this type of visa had come from the island’s flourishing gaming and IT sector, said Identity Malta CEO Anton Sevasta.

To qualify for Malta’s NRP, applicants must demonstrate a monthly gross income of no less than EUR 2,700. Moreover, according to the Residency Malta Agency, applicants must

  • Prove they can work remotely;
  • Hold a valid travel document;
  • Have health insurance covering all risks in Malta;
  • Hold a valid property purchase or rental agreement;
  • Pass a background verification;
  • Prove they fall under any of the following three categories:
    • Work for an employer registered in a foreign country and have a contract of work;
    • Conduct business activities for a company registered in a foreign country and of which applicant is partner/shareholder; or
    • Offer freelance or consulting services, mostly to clients whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country, and with whom the applicant has contracts.

For more detailed documentation requirements, consult the Residency Malta Agency’s checklists and FAQ.

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Romanian Parliament Considers Digital Nomad Visa Legislation

 

Romanian parliamentarians, in cooperation with the Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Digitalisation, submitted a draft law on the 12th of May, 2021, regulating a new digital nomad visa.

The draft will modify the Emergency Ordinance no. 194 of the 12th of December, 2002, for the regime of foreigners in Romania. This change will introduce new grounds for third-country nationals to obtain a visa permit in Romania, reports Emerging Europe.

Diana Buzoianu, MP and the initiator of the digital nomad visa program, addressed the public this week, shedding some light on the new immigration route:

“Digital nomads are defined as foreign citizens who want to live in Romania for a longer period of time, while still working remotely for an international employer, or for a company they have registered in a third country. We invite international citizens to live in and enjoy our beautiful country, where innovation intersects with traditions and nature. I believe the program will help us build our country brand, becoming a leader in this area.”

If implemented, Romania would join a host of European countries offering remote workers – who have seen their ranks swell thanks to the pandemic – residence permits.

Georgia, Croatia, and Estonia already offer digital nomad visas, and Romania’s program is primed to have a similar structure to that of its European counterparts.

The main conditions for employees or business owners who can conduct their business remotely are:

  • The applicant must prove employment or ownership of a company registered outside of Romania;
  • For the six months before applying, the applicant must prove that they had an income amounting to at least EUR 1,100 Euros per month (the national average income).
  • The applicant must have health insurance covering the duration of the visa.
  • The applicant must have a clean criminal record.

The proposed minimum threshold of EUR 1,100 for Romania’s digital nomad visa is considerably below that of neighboring countries Estonia (EUR 3,504), Croatia (EUR 2,240), and Georgia (EUR 1,655).

“The reason behind that value is that I want to attract people who could also bring resources here, but not limit the visa to just a small percentage of employees or entrepreneurs,” commented Buzoinu on the proposed amount. “The average income in a country is a good criterion related to the average cost of living. I believe that setting the amount in relation with the average income is a way of attracting more digital nomads.”

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