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Digital Nomad Visa

A Digital Nomad is an individual who utilises technology to work remotely from anywhere in the world.

Typically, a Digital Nomad visa will be required if you are planning to stay in a country longer than a tourist visa allows. You will also need to meet the requirements for the Digital Nomad visa.

Many EU countries have attracted the Digital Nomad lifestyle due to the economic benefits professional Nomads can bring.

For assistance or advice regarding the Digital Nomad Visa, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly Immigration lawyers today on 03334149244.

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    Overview

    The rise of the Digital Nomad Visa post pandemic has seen individuals travelling the world while simultaneously working from remote locations across the globe.

    Typically, Digital Nomads will require a secure Wi-Fi connection to complete their work online, opting to work in nomad cafe’s or with a personal router. This lifestyle makes for a perfect source of income whilst travelling.

    There’s much more to working abroad than the initial allure of incorporating a warm climate with work.

    There are many factors to consider, such as co working spaces, the need for reliable high speed internet, location independent people, integrating into the economic community, being away from family members, foreign language barriers and financial implications.

    However, there are tax implications, exemptions, and certain restrictions that make the Digital Nomad Visa not for everyone.

    Digital Nomads are not allowed to take up a job in the country they are visiting, nor are they able to avoid paying tax. Most digital nomads will have to be comfortable as remote workers.

    There are a list of countries that offer official Digital Nomad Visa, and all have varying rules and requirements for individual Digital Nomad applications.

    Eligibility

    Each country issuing Digital Nomad Visas has its own independent policies and regulations in place. Some allow applications to be made online, while others require applicants to submit their forms through an embassy or consulate.

    Remote workers should check the Digital Nomad Visa requirements and application process of their destination country.

    Required documents to be eligible for the Digital Nomad Visa include:

    • Proof of remote work
    • A valid passport
    • Sufficient salary
    • Valid health insurance
    • Proof of vaccination
    • Security background checks
    • Pay the application fee
    • A rent/accommodation contract

    Some countries may require you to attend an interview and answer questions about your plans during your residency.

    Eligibility depends on several other factors, such as:

    • The nationality of the applicant
    • The applicants visa history
    • Whether the applicant is considered a threat to the security or health of the country

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    Full list of countries

    Many European union countries welcome Digital Nomads, however the rising trend of remote working has risen post pandemic and with it, the number of countries globally accepting Nomads.

    All countries will require the basic checklist of documents and circumstances outlined in the Eligibility section.

    Be sure to research thoroughly the best countries that suit your working needs for the foreseeable future.

    Croatia

    Croatia allows close family or friends to be included in the Digital Nomad visa. Applicants are granted up to 1 year stay, and are exempt from paying income tax in Croatia. Processing times are up to 20 days.

    Estonia

    Applications can be submitted through Estonian embassies and consulates abroad and are reviewed within 30 days.

    Czech Republic

    The digital nomad visas application process includes an embassy immigration interview, during which the consular staff will ask the applicant about their business, accommodation and travel plans, and their reasons to choose the Czech Republic for remote work. Processing times are 90 to 120 days.

    Norway

    A non-EU state, but a member of the Schengen Area, Norway has a unique visa for digital nomads who wish to relocate to the Svalbard islands.

    Norway’s digital nomad visa remains valid for the entirety of the traveller’s life.

    Hungary

    Applicants can apply to extend their Digital Nomad visa after their initial 12 month period has ended.

    Germany

    Digital nomads must register with the German tax office and submit a series of documents such as their portfolio, bank statements, and in some cases, evidence of their expertise. Freelancers must have clients based in Germany.

    Greece

    Applicants can apply to extend their Digital Nomad visa after their initial 12 month period has ended.

    Iceland

    The digital nomad visa for Iceland allows foreign citizens to work remotely in Iceland for foreign companies long-term. The visa is intended to be used for stays longer than 6 months.

    Digital nomads will be able to take their families to Iceland with them without the need of Icelandic IDs.

    Spain

    Spain is planning to introduce a Digital Nomad Visa that will allow people to stay and work for up to 6 months without having to officially register.

    Costa Rica

    Applicants will need to be earning a monthly income minimum of £2,500 which rises to £4,200 for an additional family member (dependants).

    Applicants will be eligible to live and work in Costa Rica for 1 year, which is extendable for a further 1 year.

    Dependants are allowed to join the applicant and applicants are granted to import 2 cars.

    Portugal

    Portugal has designed a temporary resident visa that can be used by freelancers and foreign entrepreneurs.

    It allows its holder to stay in the country for longer than 1 year and can be extended. Unlike others mentioned in this page, this remote work visa can be used as a pathway to permanent residence (ILR).

    Malta

    The digital nomad visa for Malta is issued for 1 year and can be renewed. Applications are open for people who can continue in their current jobs whilst residing in Malta for a year.

    Italy

    While an Italian visa for Digital Nomads has yet to be announced, non-EU nationals who wish to work remotely from Italy are able to apply for a self-employment visa.

    Freelancers who set up legal residency in Italy are now offered 70% detaxation of all income they generate in the country.

    This visa type is valid for 2 years from the date of issue, but it is also possible to obtain an extension once it expires.

    Other countries include

    • Barbados
    • Mauritius
    • Bahamas
    • Bermuda
    • Andorra
    • Anguilla
    • Georgia
    • Mexico
    • Cabo Verde
    • Montserrat
    • Aruba
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Cayman Islands
    • Seychelles
    • Curaçao
    • Dominica
    • Taiwan
    • Dubai

    Costs

    Being a Digital Nomad does not come without costs. The spontaneous and flexible lifestyle is what can attract digital nomads, however there are hidden fees that could be unexpected.

    Applicants will have to prepare and provide proof of pay of :

    • Visa application fee
    • Income tax
    • Proof of sufficient funds (i.e yearly or monthly income)
    • Sufficient and thorough health insurance dependant on country
    • Travel insurance
    • Temporary rent contract
    • Insurance to cover tech costs to replace damaged or stolen work equipment
    • Import duty tax

    Of course the list is extensive, and there will be costs that arise that can be unforeseen.

    Taxes

    Remote workers still need to pay taxes. Where you pay your tax is dependant on where you are tax resident. Digital nomad visas are no different.

    In most cases, Digital Nomads will have to file tax returns in their home countries, unless they establish another tax residency for themselves somewhere else.

    To qualify as non-resident, most countries require you to be overseas for significant periods – from 183 days to 349 days in any given year (check your home country’s laws).

    Notify the tax authorities, as making your status official will make it easier to reintegrate if you return home to work in future.

    This differs for self employed individuals, as companies and employees are taxed separately.

    Your business will be liable for corporation tax, but earnings may be tax free if they fall below a certain threshold.

    If you are self-employed you will only pay tax on profits; the business running costs are tax deductible, but company and personal finances are intertwined.

    Even if you are not resident in the UK, any money sourced there – such as bank interest, dividends or rental income – will typically be subject to UK income tax.

    However, many countries that you plan to be staying in will not require you to pay income tax while in their country as you will not be receiving money from that countries economy.

    This can be a complicated matter and applicants will need to take time to review their tax status currently and what it will be when they receive their Digital Nomad visa.

    You can self asses your situation with the Statutory Residence Test.

    Our Immigration lawyers are happy to help you with this review, and can be contacted on 03334149244.

    Rules

    Applicants can, in some instances:

    • Work entirely remotely from a selected country
    • Bring dependants with them
    • Eventually achieve residents status (dependant on country)

    Applicants must not:

    • Avoid income tax
    • Overstay their visa unless they have applied for a visa extension and had it approved
    • Take up a job in that country while on the Digital Nomad visa

    The Digital Nomad visa may not be suitable for everyone, so it is worth researching whether a temporary visa such as the tourist visa or freelance visa may be better suited to your needs.

    Most Digital Nomad visas will have a processing time of up to a month. However, this can take longer if your documents are not all correct and can vary depending on the country you are applying for.

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    How we can help

    Obtaining digital nomad visas can be a long process, which can also have uncertain results. Our Immigration team is qualified and ready to help you with visa applications or walking you through the Digital Nomads process.

    Navigating visa routes or application forms can be tricky, especially if you speak a different language.

    We have friendly, experienced lawyers waiting to help you with you and your families immigration case today.

    Our list of assistance includes but is not limited to:

    • Provide a Letter of Representation
    • Assist you in completing your application to the best it can be, including fixing errors and proofreading
    • Conduct a thorough document check to make sure everything is included in your application
    • Walk you through eligibility for multiple visas that best suit your needs
    • Help you prepare for both the Life in the UK test and your English language examination
    • Liaise with the Home Office on your behalf throughout the entire process

    For further details on Digital Nomad visa cost or any other factor of the application process and to speak to our specialist immigration lawyers, call us on 03334149244  to discuss your query with one of our knowledgeable, excellent and friendly immigration specialists.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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