You already know that we’re fans of remote working and digital nomadism being embraced by private companies as well as by the public sector. It makes us happy to see governments designing solutions to welcome digital nomads into their countries.
That’s exactly what Malta has done with the Nomad Residence Permit which is the official Malta Digital Nomad Visa.
The aim of the Malta Nomad Residence Permit is to grant Non-EU nationals the right to live in Malta for a limited period of time whilst working remotely using telecommunication means.
Malta attracts many foreigners who are attracted by the island’s lifestyle and climate. English is Malta’s official language making it easy for non-Maltese nationals to communicate.
The island also offers a great internet connection, plenty of co-working spaces, an international airport, and an already well-established digital nomad community.
For whom is the Nomad Residence Permit (Malta Digital Nomad Visa)?
The Nomad Residence Permit Malta was made for Digital Nomads and Remote Workers. You must first and foremost be a Non-EU national and reach a gross monthly income of €2,700.
You must also prove that you fall under one of the following categories:
- Have a work contract for an employer that is registered in another country other than Malta, or
- Be a partner/shareholder in a company that is registered in a foreign country, or
- Offer freelance or consulting services to clients, whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country, and with whom the applicant has contracts.
You’ll also need to have:
- a valid travel document
- health insurance to cover risks in Malta
- proof of accommodation
The application fee is €300 and you’ll need to pass a background check. If you intend to add dependent family members, you can do so by paying an extra €300 for each member.
Benefits of the Malta Nomad Residence Permit
A Nomad Residence Permit (Malta Digital Nomad Visa) is issued for one year and the holder may apply for renewal of the permit not later than one month prior to the expiry of the existing permit against a fee of EUR 300 per applicant. Nomad Residence Permit holder may stay in Malta on this basis for a maximum period of 3 years.
It’s also a Schengen Visa. This means you have the freedom to explore other European countries (that belong in the Schengen area for a period of 90 to 180 days) with the same visa.
You’re allowed to bring along your family or your partner. You can apply for the visa online and the decision is made within 30 days of applying.
Nomad Residence Permit holders will not be subject to personal income tax in Malta since their employment is already taxed at origin and the permit is a temporary basis of stay.
The obvious benefit is that you get to live in Malta and experience a European island lifestyle. Malta is a very small island in the Mediterranean, almost 80 km south of Sicily and 284 Kms east of Tunisia.
It has a population of a bit more than half a million inhabitants on the archipelago consisting of 3 main islands, Malta, Gozo, and Comino. The capital Valetta is the smallest capital in Europe.
It’s a place full of rich history and you will see Greek, Roman, Arab, British, Italian, and French influences on food, architecture, and language.
Even though it is an independent state, the island culture prevails in Malta, making the whole environment quite relaxed. It has amazing beaches, rock pools, and cliffs that will take your breath away.
If you’re interested in the program, the first step is to submit your application to Residency Malta Agency along with all documentation. You will need to specify your duration of stay and state if you’re planning to stay in the country either between 91-180 days, or 181-365 days.
If you’re planning to stay in Malta for up to 180 days, you’ll be issued a National Visa. If your intention is to stay in the country for up to 365 days or more, you’ll be provided with a Nomad Residence Permit (Digital Nomad Visa Malta).
- Fill in the N1 Application Form (typewritten) and sign
- Fill in the N4 General Data Protection Form and sign
- Write your letter of intent. Explain your motivations for moving to Malta and applying for the Nomad Residence permit
- Copies of your passport’s each page (including blank pages)
- If you’re employed by a company: Your employment contract that shows your obligation to the company and proves that your duties can be performed remotely
- If you have your own company: Certificate of incorporation, memorandum, and articles of association; share register; register of directors
- Your Europass CV or similar
- Statement from your bank, showing your source of income in the past three months
- Proof of accommodation. If you’re not residing in Malta yet, this can be done after your application has been approved
- Health insurance policy covering risks in Malta. If you’re not residing in Malta yet, this can be done after your application has been approved, too
- Sign a health declaration stating that you’ll pay for the expenses which aren’t covered by the health insurance policy
- Marriage certificate if you’re adding your spouse. Make sure that it’s apostilled
- If you’re adding family members, add their birth certificates. Apostille and legalization are necessary
- If you’re adding a dependent over 18 years of age, add an affidavit of dependency
- Award of custody/guardianship (if applicable)
Once your application has been approved, you’re invited to visit Malta to conclude the application. It’s a good idea to start the application process by e-mailing the Residency Malta Agency at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re wondering where you should stay in Malta and prefer staying in close proximity to ‘where it’s happening then we recommend you check out Sliema and St. Julians.
But if you are looking for a more rural atmosphere, then it is worth considering other villages with a pleasant promenade and beautiful beaches not too far away, by car such as Marsaskala or Marsaxlokk.
If you’re really looking for some peace and tranquillity, definitely consider staying on the island of Gozo.
And, if you’re looking to be surrounded by a community of like-minded people we recommend a quick search for nomad meetups, coliving, and coworking spaces which would list them all.
Related Article – Top Things To Do In Malta For Digital Nomads
If you’re a non-EU citizen who wishes to spend more time in Europe and who can work online remotely from anywhere then this Nomad Residence Permit Malta is definitely worth applying for.
Lastly, this Residence Permit could not only just be a short-term solution but you can extend its validity for up to 3 years. Overall, a very great solution for Digital Nomads and Remote Workers alike.
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