Work Remotely in Europe With the Malta Nomad Residence Permit

Work Remotely in Europe With the Malta Nomad Residence Permit

It's valid for up to one year.

Anyone who’s dreamed of working remotely in Europe probably hasn’t given the small Mediterranean country of Malta much thought. At least that’s what I would think coming from Southeast Asia, where the more popular European destinations of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, or Spain often take centre stage. But for those who want to give Malta a try, did you know that you can apply for the Malta Nomad Residence Permit?

What’s the Malta Nomad Residence Permit?

The Nomad Residence Permit is a document that allows its holders to legally live in Malta while being employed with a company abroad. “The Permit is open to individuals who can work remotely and independent of location, using telecommunications technologies,” the Residency Malta Agency states on its website. The Agency is responsible for managing Malta’s residency-by-investment programme.

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Besides that, any person applying for the Permit must be a third-country national. These are individuals who hail from a country that is “not a member of the European Union as well as a country or territory whose citizens do not enjoy the European Union right to free movement,” according to the European Commission. You must also either fall within these categories:

1. Employed by or have a contract of work from a company registered in a foreign country.
2. Involved in business activities for a company registered in a foreign country where you are also a partner or shareholder.
3. Engaged (with contract) in freelance or consulting services for clients who are permanently based in a foreign country.

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The Permit is valid for up to one year and renewable upon approval by the Residency Malta Agency. In addition, it requires applicants to have the following: a gross monthly income threshold equivalent to at least €2,700; a valid travel document (passport, visa, etc.); a health insurance covering Malta; and a valid property rental or purchase agreement. With regards to Malta COVID-19 travel restrictions, you can go to this page.

How you can apply to work remotely in Malta

Once you’ve met the above-mentioned requirements, secured the appropriate documents, and filled out the required forms found here, you can submit your application to the Residency Malta Agency’s email and follow the instructions on paying the mandatory administrative fee, which is €300. Both the Agency and concerned Maltese authorities will then review your application and perform a background check. This could take up to 30 days.

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The Agency will then notify you via email about the status of your application. If you are approved, you will receive an official invitation to Malta along with other details you will need to successfully complete your preparations. If you decide to continue your digital nomad experience in Europe, you can also opt to renew your Permit at least one month before your existing one expires. For more information, visit the Residency Malta Agency website.

Would you work remotely in Malta with the Nomad Residence Permit?

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Joser is a senior writer for TripZilla based in Manila, Philippines. He mostly covers travel, people, and business.