Nomad Residence Permit
Identity Malta Agency together with the Residency Malta Agency introduced the Nomad Residence Permit. This initiative attracts non-EU digital nomads to legally reside in Malta and keep their current employment, even though the company they work with is not registered in Malta.
The islands have been welcoming independent individuals from the European union for years and in reflection to this, the Nomad Residence Permit was created to extend Malta’s benefits, pleasant climate and lifestyle to third country nationals. This permit was structured in accordance with the already existing legal framework, based on regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) and Immigration Act Chapter 217 of the Laws of Malta. This permit is available to eligible applicants who usually (but not necessarily) require a Visa to travel and work in Malta. Nomad permits are issued for a one year period and can be renewed at the discretion of the Residency Malta’s agency. For shorter periods, the National Visa will be issued.
The permit is available for remote workers who can prove that they are Third Country Nationals (TCN), who can work from any country with the use of telecommunications technologies.
Eligible applicants must also prove that (either one of the 3 categories):
- Holds an unexpired work contract that is issued by a foreign registered company
- Conduct business activities as a partner or shareholder for a foreign registered company
- Offer consulting and freelance services to clients that have permanent companies and establishments registered in a foreign countries, and for which the applicant has contracts to prove
To apply for Nomad Residence Permit one must also have:
- Valid passport or other travel document
- Valid health insurance covering all risks in Malta
- Valid property rental agreement or property purchase deed and
- Pass due diligence process