Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit

Today’s world has allowed the introduction of what we call ‘Digital Nomads,’ namely people who use telecommunications technologies to work in a remote manner. Such nomads are generally allowed to work remotely from other countries other than the base of their own company and can work from different environments, including in the comfort of their own home, coffee shops, restaurants, public libraries, co-working spaces, and more. To address these new trends concerning digital nomads, in 2021, Malta has launched the Nomad Residence Permit (NRP), which allows non-EU nationals the right to live in Malta whilst being employed in another country on a remote-working basis. The right to live in Malta is provided on the basis of a residence permit or a national visa, depending on the intended length of stay.

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Malta’s Residency to Citizenship Program

The Malta Program, is a Residency by Investment Program that may lead to Citizenship given that an investor/applicant is successfully eligible to acquire Maltese Nationality. This is subject to a stringent due diligence process and the approval of the Minister responsible for Citizenship. There is a capping of a maximum of four hundred (400) cases per year for a total of one thousand five hundred cases over a period of three years. The re-engineered Program provides investors two possible routes to Citizenship, the first one following a period of twelve months and another one after thirty six months. Families, including parents-in-law, grandparents and dependents not exceeding the twenty nine years age brackets, are eligible to apply. Applicants are expected to satisfy the relevant criteria up to and including residing in Malta for a period of time as well as invest €10,000 in a local voluntary organization. Residency permits are being issued with an eligibility period of three years.

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Eligibility Criteria

For an applicant to be eligible, he/she must prove that they work remotely through telecommunication means and be third-country nationals.

 

Additionally, eligible applicants must fall under one of the following three categories:

  • work for an employer registered in a foreign jurisdiction and have a legal contract of work in place;
  • conduct business activities for a company registered in a foreign country and of which applicant is partner/shareholder;
  • offer freelance or consulting services, mainly to clients whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country and with whom the applicant has contracts.

The applicant must prove that a gross monthly income threshold of €2,700 is being generated through his/her commercial activities.

Applicants must also be in possession of:

  • a valid travel document
  • health insurance covering health-related risks in Malta
  • a property rental or purchase agreement in Malta
  • pass a background validation (due diligence) check.

Dependants

Applicants are able to submit applications concerning their family member(s). This can be done during or after their application for a Nomad Residence Permit or Visa.

  • Spouse of the Applicant
  • Applicant’s children or of his/her spouse who at the time of the application are less than 18 years old
  • Applicant’s children who at the time of application are more than 18 years old but proves to be principally dependant on the applicant or on his/her spouse during the time of application.

Eligible Countries

Living in Malta or Gozo

  • Malta is a member of the European Union
  • Malta’s safety and security
  • Malta’s second national language – English
  • Malta’s reasonable cost of living and sunny weather
  • Malta’s clean environment and competitive tax rates
  • Malta’s Mediterranean quality of life and family bond
  • Malta’s Democratic political system and employment opportunities
  • Malta’s education systems based on the British curriculum
  • Malta’s renowned Healthcare systems
  • Top-notch education via the University of Malta, Institute of Tourism Studies, Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology, Verdala International School and the American University of Malta.

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