Nomad Residence Permit – Working Tax-Free in Malta for Non-EU nationals [2022]

Malta, the hotspot for digital nomads in Europe and the European Union, introduced the Nomad Residency Permit in June 2021. Want to take advantage of the tax-subsidized residency for non-EU nations on Malta’s beaches? We describe how you as an employee, freelancer, or digital nomad can obtain the residence permit and how you can extend the visa beyond the year.

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Nomad Residency Permit Malta – Quick answer

Who?Worldwide all Non-EU-NationsReqirements?
The Permit is open to individuals who can work remotely and independent of location, using telecommunications technologies.What?
  • Valid travel document
  • Health insurance
  • Buy or rent real estate in Malta
  • Background check

For whom is the Malta Nomad Residence Permit suitable?

This program from the Maltese government is exclusively for non-EU (non-EU) nations. Beneficiaries are employees, freelancers, freelancers, and digital nomads. Any Non-EU ex-pat with digital activity can apply for a Nomad Residence Permit.A mandatory requirement: Your client or your employer is registered outside Malta and his place of business is located abroad. Your monthly gross income is at least 2,700 euros. If you bring family members with you, the required minimum income is increased by 20% of the Maltese average wage per family member. Due to the official English language, citizens of the non-EU country Great Britain and the USA are especially interested in Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit Program.

What programs does Malta offer for digital nomads and remote workers?

In addition to a maximum six-month Malta visa, Malta offers a one-year residence permit with the option to extend. The national visa, valid for between 91 and 180 days, is suitable for applicants who are not staying longer in Malta. For a stay of 181 days or more, you will receive the one-year Nomad Residence Permit with an option to extend.Can I travel to other European countries with a national visa?The national visa of Malta allows you to travel and stay for a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days in a European country of the EU. If this country belongs to the Schengen Agreement, then the border control is omitted for you.Schengen is a municipality in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. On June 14, 1985, five EU member states signed the Schengen Agreement on the ship MS Marie-Astrid.

How much does the application for Malta’s Nomad Residency Permit cost?

  • Applicant (Form 1) 300.00 Euro (circa 310 – 315 USD)
  • Each family member (Form 2) 300.00 Euro (circa 310 – 315 USD)
  • Identity Malta charges an agency fee of 27.50 Euro per person. (circa 26 – 29 USD)
For the extension of the national visa for another year, Malta charges an agency fee of 300.00 Euro per person. For the reissue, for example, after theft or loss, the processing fee of 27.50 Euro (Agency Fee) has to be paid.

Is it allowed to travel to several member countries with the same national visa or Schengen visa?

Yes, with the national visa of Malta and your passport, you can move freely within the Schengen area without any additional documents. You are not allowed to exceed 90 days in the 180-day period.

Which countries of the European Union (EU) are not part of the Schengen area?

Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus are not part of the Schengen area. Some areas of EU countries are also excluded from the benefit. These include, for example, the Dutch Curaçao, French Guiana, or British Gibraltar in Spain.

What are the tax benefits for Nomad Residence Permit participants?

Malta assumes that you are already liable to pay taxes in your country. Therefore, Malta does not charge income tax on the Nomad Residence Permit.

What are the reasons for the Nomad Residence Permit?

Up to 2.8 million sun holidaymakers visit cheap Malta every year. The tourists provide an important contribution to the local economy. However, these visitor flows are a significant burden on the ecology and environment. Therefore, the government is keen to provide an opportunity for high-earning non-EU ex-pats to live in Malta on a tax-advantaged basis. Thus, Malta benefits from digital nomads living here as they rent flats, rooms, offices, co-working spaces, or hotel rooms. They use public transportation, explore cultural attractions, engage in water sports, and dine out.It is estimated that one digital worker, freelancer, and freelancer creates the same contribution to Malta’s economy as 70 tourists. Malta hopes to have between 40,000 and 80,000 digital nomads and remote workers (employees working remotely). These can generate the same economic growth for Malta as 2.8 million vacations. Therefore, Malta requires a minimum income for the Nomad Residence Permit and additionally exempts you from income tax. 
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Step by step to the Nomad Residence Permit

Step 1: Documents for the application Residency Malta requires up to 18 documents and forms for the residence permit. We have listed all the required documents in our checklist.Step 2: Apply for a residence permit online You submit the application documents and supporting documents for the Nomad Residence Permit online. Malta will ask you to submit a letter of intent explaining your reasons for applying for a residence permit and the duration of your stay.Step 3: Pay the invoice As confirmation of receipt, you will receive an invoice for 300 Euros. If you bring family members with you, the processing fee is also 300 euros each. After receipt of the money, Residency Malta will start with the assessment.Step 4: Due diligence check The Maltese authorities perform a due diligence check. You will be carefully analyzed for your economic, legal, tax, and financial circumstances.Step 5: Accept Malta’s invitation Upon approval of your application, you will receive an invitation to Malta to complete the Nomad Residence Permit. For entry, you will receive an initial National Visa with a validity of 180 days. Please check the travel advice and travel warning to COVID-19 and you can book the challenge.

How long does the Nomad Residence Permit application process take?

The processing of an application is estimated to take up to 30 days after receipt of all required documents, application forms, and settlement of the invoice.

Your checklist of the most important documents required for a Nomad Residence Permit

Personal Information FormsApplication Form N1 Family Member Form N2 Privacy Policy Form N4 (General Data Protection Regulation EU/2016/679 – GDPR) Copy of a valid International Passport Health declaration Letter of Intent (letter of motivation) Europass Resume / CVProof of your sustainable income Depending on your activity or status, you will need some proof. These can be: Employment contract Service contract Proof of being a shareholder in a foreign company Bank statement in your name with income of the last 3 monthsOther documents and proofs Rental agreement or purchase contract for a residence in Malta Health insurance Important address details for the Nomad Residence Permit application?
Application Process Nomad Residence Permit Malta
Application Process for the 1-Year National Visa (Source: Residency Malta Agency)

How long does the Nomad Residence Permit application process take?

The processing of an application is estimated to take up to 30 days after receipt of all required documents, application forms, and settlement of the invoice.

Your checklist of the most important documents required for the Nomad Residence Permit

Forms personal information
  • Application Form N1
  • Family members form N2
  • Privacy Policy Form N4 (General Data Protection Regulation EU/2016/679 – GDPR)
  • Copy of a valid International Passport
  • Health declaration
  • Letter of Intent (letter of motivation)
  • Europass Resume / CV
Proof of your sustainable incomeDepending on your activity or status you will need some proofs. These can be:
  • Employment contract
  • Service contract
  • Proof of being a shareholder in a foreign company
  • Bank statement in your name with income of the last 3 months
Other documents and proofs
  • Rental agreement or purchase contract for a residence in Malta Health insurance
You are an EU citizen and find the story about digital nomads super exciting? Then check out our Digital Nomads page. There we have more info and tips on job hunting, accommodation, co-working space and the technical conditions in Malta. 320 sunny days are waiting for you. 
World of Malta Insider Tip: EU/EEA citizens do not need a work permitPosted workers from an EU/EEA country do not need a work permit to work in Malta. An employee from a non-EU country, with a work permit from an EU/EEA country, also does not need a work permit for Malta.

Important address data for application Residency Malta Agency

Center Business Centre, Level 2, Mdina Road, Qormi, QRM 9010, MaltaE-mail: nomad.[email protected] Internet: https://nomad.residencymalta.gov.mt

FAQ – Do you have questions to the Nomad Residency Permit? We give you the answers!

No, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit for digital nomads, employees, or freelancers. If you continue to meet the Nomad Residency Permit requirement, Residency Malta can extend your stay for another year.
The Nomad Residence Permit costs 300 euros.
According to Residency Malta Managing Director Charles Mizzi, the most popular industries are IT, management, and marketing. The Nomad Residency Permit is suitable for all industries that offer services to clients abroad with their own company or work remotely from Malta for a company based outside Malta.
Non-EU citizens can obtain a temporary residence permit, which can lead to a permanent residence permit after several years.
Non-EU citizens can obtain a temporary residence permit, which can lead to a permanent residence permit after several years.
Air-conditioned workspaces and co-working spaces are available in Malta. We had an interview with the Operations Manager, Andrew from BUSINESSLABS. The co-working space of BUSINESSLABS is popular with digital nomads.

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Conclusion: Build your business with Malta’s Nomad Residency Permit

Malta has an excellent broadband network and digital infrastructure. On top of up to 320 days of sunshine a year, Malta’s stunning landscape is a magnet for the generation of digital nomads and remote workers. The Nomad Residency Permit positions Malta as the number one hotspot for digital nomads and remote workers in Europe. Work creatively right by the sea and sand in the sun, where others have to pay for their vacation.