Malta Nomad Residence Permit programme is aimed at third-country nationals who wish to relocate to Malta whilst continuing to work remotely with their current employer, if employed, or experience a life in a different place whilst providing their freelance services to international clients.
This residence programme took its roots from the change of numerous companies from office jobs to teleworking in connection to the Covid-19 pandemic. Remote working has been becoming a trend and Malta is no exception.
Malta’s technological progress has always attracted numerous digital nomads to the island. Having seen a noticeable increase in the past year. According to statistics, more than 1000 EU-national digital nomads are already residing on the island. The Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit is aimed at providing non-EU citizens with equal opportunity to relocate to Malta.
Malta offers great telecommunications infrastructure, such as 5G Internet accessible from anywhere on the island. Further to that, a Mediterranean climate; socio-economic and political relations with Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; political stability, and other historical treasures, the island is one of the most suitable and most attractive countries for digital expatriates.
Malta Nomad Residence Permit (NRP) was officially launched on the 2nd June 2021 by Alex Muscat, Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship & Communities and Anton Sevasta, CEO of Identity Malta. The Nomad Residence Permit falls under the administration of the Residency Malta Agency.
Benefits of Nomad Residence Permit
Applicants will be issued a Maltese Residence card for a period of 1 year with a possibility to renew for a further period of 2 years should the eligibility criteria be met.
The main applicant can include his family members together with his application.
Application fast processing time – applications are expected to be processed within 30 days following payment of application.
The applicant and his family members will be able to travel visa-free within the Schengen area, for a total period of 90 days within 6 months.
Eligibility Criteria under Malta Nomad Residence Permit
This residence Program of Malta is open to third-country nationals, who fall under one of the 3 following categories:
Those who are employed with a registered in a foreign country employer;
Those who are partners/shareholders of a company registered in a foreign country;
Those who offer freelance or consulting services to the clients who are based in a foreign country and with whom they hold contracts.
Further to the above, to be eligible for the Nomad Residence Permit the applicant should be able to demonstrate:
A gross monthly income of a minimum EUR 2,700;
Be in possession of health insurance covering risks in Malta;
Hold of a valid property rental or purchase agreement in Malta.
Nationals from Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Venezuela are not eligible for the programme. Additionally, applications from the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus are currently not eligible.
Administrative Fee and Procedure
In order to apply for the Nomad Residence Permit of Malta, one shall gather the required documentation and submit an application to the Residency Malta Agency.
The application for the Nomad Residence Permit of Malta is subject to the government administrative fee of Euro 300. A background verification check is conducted on each applicant accordingly.
SMM Immigration Assistance
If you are already a digital nomad travelling the world, or you can work remotely and have been considering to start your Nomad journey, the the Nomad Residence Permit of Malta can be an excellent opportunity for you.
Contact SMM Immigration team for personalized guidance and free consultation. We are always available for both face-to-face or online consultations, get in touch with our team and speak with one of our experts today.