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Digital Nomad Visa

The Digital Nomad visa is an innovative visa route for remote workers who wish to work whilst visiting another country. The visa type allows you to reside in a foreign country whilst working your usual remote job.

If you are looking to apply for a Digital Nomad visa, call Manchester Immigration Lawyers today for a chat with one of our advisors on 0161 826 9783.

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    What is a Digital Nomad visa?

    Since the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more individuals have taken on roles as remote workers. The number of remote jobs has reached an all time high- thus, the Digital Nomad visa has become of particular interest around the world.

    The Digital Nomad visa gives remote workers permission to work remotely from a foreign country whilst they stay there for an extended period of time. The visa is easy to obtain and has become increasingly popular.

    Provided that you intend to work independently and not enter the country’s labour market to compete for jobs, you can apply for a Digital Nomad visa.

    The visa type is ideal for remote workers who wish to work remotely in a foreign country for longer than is permitted on a regular Tourist visa.

    Multiple countries now offer Digital Nomad visas under the Digital Nomad visa scheme, meaning that foreign nationals can take advantage of the opportunity to work remotely in another country without permanent residency.

    If you are looking to apply for a Digital Nomad visa, call Manchester Immigration Lawyers today for a chat with one of our advisors on 0161 826 9783.

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    Digital Nomad visa requirements

    Although the requirements for a Digital Nomad visa may vary between countries, the basic requirements often remain the same. To become eligible for a Digital Nomad visa, you must:

    • Be able to provide proof that you are a remote worker
    • Have a sufficient minimum monthly income
    • Have the appropriate health insurance
    • Undergo the specified security background checks
    • Have a rent contract

    Which countries offer Digital Nomad visas?

    There are multiple countries currently offering the Digital Nomad visa program- including both European and non-European countries.

    Andorra
    Dominica
    Mexico
    Anguilla
    Dubai
    Montenegro
    Antigua and Barbuda
    Ecuador
    Montserrat
    Argentina
    Estonia
    North Macedonia
    Aruba
    Georgia
    Norway
    Bahamas
    Germany
    Panama
    Barbados
    Greece
    Romania
    Belize
    Hungary
    Saint Lucia
    Bermuda
    Iceland
    Seychelles
    Cabo Verde
    Indonesia
    South Africa
    Cayman Islands
    Italy
    Spain
    Croatia
    Latvia
    Sri Lanka
    Curaçao
    Malta
    Taiwan
    Cyprus
    Mauritius
    Czech Republic

    What are the required documents for a Digital Nomad visa?

    If you choose to apply for a Digital Nomad visa, you are required to submit the following documents with your application:

    • A valid passport or any other travel documents
    • Proof of your employment and permission to work remotely
    • Proof of your salary- a bank statement or payslip
    • Proof of your health insurance claim
    • Proof of your accommodation in the country you are planning to travel to
    • Proof that you plan to return to your Home Country when your Digital Nomad visa expires
    • A police certificate

    The definitive list of documents required could potentially vary based on the country you wish to work remotely from.

    Are Digital Nomads the same as remote workers?

    Strictly speaking, Digital Nomads are essentially remote workers. However, the term remote worker more commonly applies to somebody who works from their permanent home location as a pose in a foreign country. In order to work remotely, you must have permission from your employer to do so outside of an office.

    Remote working has become the norm for many over the last two years, offering a more flexible lifestyle for a new working demographic.

    Whilst you can enter a country abroad on a Tourist visa, it does not absolutely mean you are permitted to work there. Hence, why the Digital Nomad residence permit was implemented to allow foreign nationals to do so.

    How much does a Digital Nomad visa cost?

    Digital Nomad visa cost depends on the country you are applying to travel to and work remotely from.

    In some countries, it is free to apply for a Digital Nomad visa, whilst in others it can cost up to 2,000 USD$.

    It is important to note that in most cases, the application fee itself is only a small part of the cost. You may have to pay fees for the following necessities:

    • Private health insurance
    • Customs tax
    • Income tax
    • Travel insurance
    • Accommodation rental costs
    • Everyday cost of living

    It is wise to calculate the total cost of living and cost of applications before you apply to a specific company, to ensure living and the ability to work remotely is viable.

    Am I required to pay taxes as a Digital Nomad?

    Whether or not you must still pay taxes depends on your home country. For instance, if you are a British Citizen, you must continue to pay taxes to the United Kingdom during your time working remotely in a different country as a Digital Nomad.

    It has been known that people have avoided paying taxes by renouncing their citizenship and no longer becoming a tax resident. However, this is a complex process that requires continuous relocation.

    How to apply for a Digital Nomad visa

    The exact application process will vary depending on the country you are applying to for a Digital Nomad visa.

    In some instances, you must apply for a Digital Nomad visa online via the country’s official Government using the allocated application form. Whilst in some cases, you must approach the countries embassy in person or by post to register your interest in applying for a Digital Nomad visa. Whatever the required method, you will be required to submit supporting documents and potentially pay an application fee at the discretion of the country’s visa services.

    Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted and informed on whether or not it has been successful.

    If your Digital Nomad visa is approved, you can travel to your chosen country and start to work remotely.

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      Advantages of a Digital Nomad visa

      It can be important to consider the pros and cons of applying for an Official Digital Nomad visa before doing so.

      One of the obvious benefits of a Digital Nomad visa is that Digital Nomads can enjoy a long holiday whilst maintaining their stable income. This is ideal for anybody looking to explore different countries to settle in before giving up their current employment.

      Secondly, with more and more countries opting for the Digital Nomad visa scheme, certain countries have devised an infrastructure ideal for remote workers. For example, super-high broadband speeds and reliable connection.

      During unprecedented times with Covid-19 many countries have created safe spaces away from the pandemic- allowing people to isolate if required if places with minimal Covid cases whilst still getting to work remotely and travel.

      Disadvantages of a Digital Nomad visa

      Whilst Digital Nomad visas seem like the ideal way to have the best of both worlds in terms of travel and work, there are some scenarios that may be considered as disadvantages.

      Naturally, remote workers in a new country may experience a time difference to their employer’s country. In some cases, this is not an issue. However, if the time difference is too significant to accommodate efficient working, it may be a deal breaker for your employer.

      Not to mention that the process could be incredibly expensive for Digital Nomads if they plan on making it a full-time lifestyle. Applying for new Digital Nomad visas once yours has expired can incur high costs, not to mention ensuring you can meet the cost of living requirement.

      In addition, constant travel can mean it proves difficult to sustain relationships. Moving around a lot can make it harder to plant roots for your future, but for some, the Digital Nomad lifestyle is a favourable one.

      Specific Digital Nomad countries

      Below are a select few countries that offer visas to Digital Nomads.

      The Bahamas

      The Bahamas allow Digital Nomads to work remotely for one year from any of the 16 islands. The application fee stands at $25 USD with an additional 1,000 required for a remote workers permit. Remote workers can usually expect a decision on their Digital Nomad visa application within 5 working days.

      Germany

      A Nomad Residence Permit allows self-employed individuals and freelancers to live in the country for up to three months- although this can be extended for up to three years.

      It costs €100 to apply for a German Digital Nomad visa. As part of the application, Digital Nomads must be able to provide proof and references of previous freelance work along with a cover letter.

      Greece

      Greece is an incredibly popular location for Digital Nomads due to its low cost of living and dynamic climate. In addition, A Nomad Residence Permit in a country like Greece is valid for up to 2 years and can be extended for 2 additional years following its expiry.

      Portugal

      On a Portuguese Digital Nomad visa, independent Digital Nomads can live and work in Portugal for up to one year at a time.

      The application for a Digital Nomad visa in Portugal currently costs €83, with an additional Resident Permit fee of €72.

      How can Manchester Immigration Lawyers help?

      Applying for a Digital Nomad visa is an exciting prospect for any remote worker. However, it can be a cumbersome and daunting process for some; this is why seeking assistance from a trained immigration lawyer could benefit you.

      Manchester Immigration Lawyers are experts in immigration law and visa applications. We can help you file an exceptional application and ensure you have the correct documentation to apply.

      If you are looking to apply for a Digital Nomad visa, call Manchester Immigration Lawyers today for a chat with one of our advisors on 0161 826 9783.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  Most Digital Nomad visas are non-renewable, meaning that the majority cannot be used as a stepping stone for permanent residency.

                  The four most popular countries for Digital Nomads are Spain, Thailand, Italy, and Columbia. This is due to them being highly affordable, not to mention, their rich and fruitful cultures.

                  At present, the United Kingdom does not offer a digital nomad visa.

                  Instead, there are other work visa options for foreign nationals to live and work in the UK.

                  Bermuda has no minimum income requirement for its digital nomad visa holders.

                  Digital nomad visa holders will need to prove their income by proof of bank statements or payslips from their employer.

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