The Malta Nomad Residence Permit (NRP) has just been launched by the Residency Malta Agency. As a country, Malta has been attracting digital nomads for years and since then Malta became a cosmopolitan and multi-cultural hub in the heart of Europe. Malta offers all the benefits for individuals seeking to work remotely from Malta including a robust infrastructure, internet connection, airline connectivity and 300 days of sunshine. In addition, English is one of Malta’s official languages and is widely used in Malta. Malta therefore ticks all the boxes for individuals wanting to relocate to Malta whilst retaining their current employment in another country.
The Malta Nomad Residence Permit (NRP) – Requirements
The Nomad Residence Permit is open to Non-European individuals who can work remotely in Malta, independent of where the service is offered. A residence permit issue under the NRP is valid for one year and is renewable as long as all the requirements of the programme are kept. A €300 application fee payable to the Government is applicable.
To qualify for Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit applicants must reach a monthly income of €2,700 (gross of tax).
Applicants must also:
- Hold a valid travel document,
- Have a Health Insurance Policy
- Rent or Buy Property in Malta
- Pass a Background Verification check conducted by Maltese authorities.
There are three categories of Digital Nomads who may be eligible to apply for Malta’s NRP. These include individuals who:
- Work for an employer registered outside of Malta and have a contract of work, or
- Conduct business activities for a company registered outside of Malta and which the applicant is a shareholder or a partner, or
- Offer Freelance or consulting services to clients whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country and with whom the applicant has contracts.
Applicants who intend to spend up to one year residing in Malta will be issued with a Residence Permit whilst those who intent to spend up to 180 days in Malta will be issued with a National Visa.
Digital Nomads under the NRP may also bring their family members to Malta including one’s spouse and minor children. Adult children who are unable to cope independently due to any medical condition, disability or those who are economically dependent on the main applicant may also be considered.
Applications under the NRP are expected to take up to 30 days following submission of the application. ACC Immigration can assist digital nomads apply under the NRP. ACC Immigration is licenced by Residency Malta Agency and holds licence number AKM-ACCA-22.