The Nomad Residence Permit is aimed at digital nomads who intend on legally residing in Malta. Third-country nationals who can work remotely from Malta may opt for this permit in order to retain his/her employment based in another country.
A third-country national who can work independently from location by using telecommunicating technology may apply for a Nomad Residence Permit to continue their employment based in a foreign country, whilst legally residing in Malta.
To be eligible for such permit, an applicant must reach a gross monthly income of €2,700.
A Nomad Residence Permit will remain valid for one year and may be renewed at the discretion of Residency Malta if applicants are still eligible, depending on how long they intend to stay. Should an applicant intend to reside in Malta for less than a year, they will be issued with a National Visa valid for 91 – 180 days.
Applicants must also satisfy the following criteria to be considered eligible:
- work for an employer registered in a foreign country and have a contract of work.
- conduct business activities for a company registered in a foreign country and of which applicant is partner/shareholder; or
- offer freelance or consulting services, mostly to clients whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country, and with whom the applicant has contracts.
If an applicant falls under one of the abovementioned categories, they are also required to have a valid travel document and need to be in possession of health insurance covering risks in Malta. Applicants must also buy or rent property in Malta and must pass a background verification check.
An applicant wishing to apply for the Nomad Residence Permit is required to submit his/her application along with all the supporting documentation as required by Residency Malta Agency. Such documentation also includes a letter by the applicant expressing his/her intentions for obtaining a Nomad Residence Permit, as well as stating his/her intention of duration of stay, specifying whether it is between 91 days – 180 days, or 181 days – 365 days. Applicants are to send their applications to Residency Malta Agency via email on [email protected].
Apart from the main applicants themselves, family members of the applicant may also apply for a residence permit if the main applicant has applied or has been approved for the Nomad Residence Permit. Such family members include spouses, minor children, and adult children who are economically dependent on the applicant.