Originally published at: Malta Digital Nomad Visa: What You Need To Know
Last updated on August 2nd, 2021
Malta Digital Nomad Visa: What You Need To Know
As a community, we’re fans of digital nomad visas. It makes us happy to see that countries are keeping up with modern world’s requirements. Malta is one of these countries that recently has launched a digital nomad residency. With Malta Nomad Residence Permit, you can now move to Malta and keep working remotely.
Situated in the Mediterrenean, Malta is a beautiful island. Thanks to its location, the climate is mild. It welcomes international students with its education system. The country is also home to many expats. The expat friendly atmosphere makes the island more welcoming for digital nomads. In this article, we’ll fully explore the Malta Nomad Residence Permit.
But first, let’s talk a bit about Malta!
Malta has always been famous for its expat-friendly environment. The island is home to many foreign companies thanks to its favorable tax regimes. It’s a small country in size but has the soul of a cosmopolitan. There are many cafes, bars, and restaurants to spend time in…Coworking and coliving spaces make life easier for digital nomads, too. It’s now one of the very few countries in the world with 5G nationwide coverage…
Along with its digital nomad-friendly environment, it also has everything an ideal island would have: Beaches, sunny days, a relaxed way of life, the best seafood, and fun! Malta has it all and is a perfect base for remote working.
Bonus: English is the official language in the country, along with Maltese. So you’ll have no language barriers.
What Is Malta Nomad Residence Permit
Malta Nomad Residence Permit is a residency permit that allows digital nomads to stay in Malta while keeping their current employment that is based in another country. If you have a work contract that allows you to work remotely, Malta Digital Nomad Visa might be the right fit for you.
If you’re eligible, you’ll be provided with a Maltese Nomad Residence Permit which is valid for one year. If you’re interested in staying in Malta for less than a year, you’ll be given a National Visa.
Eligibility Criteria for Malta Nomad Residence Permit
There is a certain set of rules for the program. Let’s have a look.
You’re eligible to get a nomad residence permit in Malta if you,
- Are third-country national
- Have a monthly income of €2,700 (gross of tax)
- Have a work contract for an employer that is registered in another country other than Malta, or
- Are a partner/shareholder in a company that is registered in a foreign country, or
- Offer freelance services to clients, whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country, and with whom you have contracts
- Have a valid travel document
- Have health insurance to cover risks in Malta
- Are able to present a rental or purchase agreement
Also note that as the main applicant, you’ll also need to pass a background check.
The application fee is €300. If you intend to add dependent family members, you can do so by paying an extra of €300 for each member.
How To Apply For Malta Nomad Residence Permit
If you’re interested in the program, the first step is to submit your application to Residency Malta Agency along with all documentation. Also, 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 Residence Permit.
Application Process for Malta Digital Nomad Visa
Malta Nomad Residence Permit application process is a quick and straightforward one. In general, it takes 30 days for the permits to be approved.
- 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 and tax documentation that show your obligation to the company and prove 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
- Statement from your bank, showing your source of income in the past three months
- Lease or Purchase Agreement in Malta. If you’re not residing in Malta yet, this can be done after your application has been approved
- Local/international health insurance policy. 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 going to get an approval email from the Agency. After this stage, you’re ready to go!
Malta allows the Nomad Residence Permit main applicants to include their dependent family members. You can add your spouse and minor children along with your application. If you have adult children with medical conditions or dependent on you economically, they’re eligible too.
Also, Malta recognizes same-sex unions. So if you have a same-sex partner, they can also apply for a permit to accompany you.
As a nomad residence permit holder, you’ll not be subject to personal income tax as you’re already being taxed in your origin country. However, you’ll be subject to consumption tax as all Malta residents are.
There you have it…We’ve tried to give you an insight into Malta and its new nomad residence program. Have you ever visited Malta or considered living there? Have you ever lived in a country on a digital nomad visa? If not, check our ultimate guide on Digital Nomad Visas and decide where your next home will be…
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