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 will fall under the administration of the Residency Malta Agency.
This new residence programme takes its roots from the change of numerous companies to teleworking in connection to the Covid-19 pandemic. Remote working has been becoming a trend and Malta is no exception.
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.
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-nationals digital nomads are already residing on the island. Newly designed 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 attractive countries for digital expatriates.
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.
Applications under NRP are submitted against a fee of EUR 300 per applicant. A background verification check is conducted on each applicant accordingly.
Benefits of Nomad Residence Permit
- Applicants will be issued a Maltese Residence card for a period of 1 year with a possibility to renew should the eligibility criteria be met.
- The main applicant can include his family members together with his application against an additional 20% of the median wage for each family member.
- Application fast processing time – applications are expected to be processed within 30 days following receipt of all required documentation.
- 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.
SMM Immigration Assistance
If you consider yourself a digital nomad, you work remotely and have been considering relocating abroad, contact SMM Immigration team for personalized guidance and free consultation on available and suitable for you options. Get in touch via email on [email protected] or call +356 2123 7167 or fill in a contact form below and we will get back to you.