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CSB Group assists digital nomads and expatriates in obtaining EU residency in Malta by providing them with the necessary documentation, administration, logistics, and lodging.
What is a Nomad Residence Permit?
The Nomad Residence Permit enables holders to retain their current employment based in another country whilst legally residing in Malta.
The Permit is open to individuals who can work remotely and independent of location, using telecommunications technologies.
It is open to individuals from third countries, who would normally (but not necessarily) require a Visa to travel to Malta.
A Nomad Residence Permit will be issued for one year and can be renewed upon application at the discretion of Residency Malta, as long as the applicant still meets the set eligibility criteria. Applicants who are interested in staying for less than a year will be issued with a National Visa for the duration of their stay.
The programme is aimed at people who are able to earn a living remotely and choose to travel frequently, often residing overseas to the company they work for.
The majority of local nomads in Malta were European citizens and with the boom in remote working due to the pandemic, Malta decided to expand the opportunity to third-country nationals as well.
Studies show that nomadic professionals are looking for safe places, even in terms of the healthcare that is available to them. Malta is an ideal safe and secure destination to live and work in, and the country is making the step to introduce the ancillary services that accommodate these professions.
Eligibility Requirements for The Malta Digital Nomad Visa
To be eligible, one must:
Prove that they are a Third Country National (TCN) who can work location-independently, using telecommunications technologies,
People who apply for the permit shall also be in receipt of a monthly gross income of at least €2,700.
Furthermore, applicants must prove that they fit under any one of the three following categories:
- work for an employer registered abroad;
- conduct business activity for a company registered abroad, and of which they are partners or shareholders; or
- offer freelance or consulting services to clients whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country.
Applicants will be put through a due diligence process that requires a valid passport and proof that they are living in a residential property in Malta.
As digital nomads typically pay their taxes in a different jurisdiction, applicants will have to provide health insurance to ensure their access to health services.
Any work carried out by them for local companies would be subject to normal local taxation.
When applying for a Nomad residence permit, the Principle applicant is able to include his/her family members as part the application. Dependents who are eligible are the following:
- the spouse;
- minor children of the MA and/or spouse;
- adult children of the MA and/or spouse, which children are not married and who are principally dependent on the MA;
- adult children of the MA and/or spouse, which children are unable to cope independently due to a medical condition or disability.
In the case of a minor child for whom the applicant does not hold sole custody and who will not be accompanied by both parents in the same application, prior approval to include the dependant must be obtained from Residency Malta, as these requests are examined on a case-by-case basis.
Malta Digital Nomad Visa: Application Process & Timeline
Step 1: Onboarding the client with CSB Group – Basic identification documents are needed at this stage. Such documents include a Passport, Utility Bill as Proof of Address, and CV or Linkedin Profile.
Step 2: CSB Group starts helping the client obtain the necessary documents and forms needed for the application.
Step 3: The application is submitted by CSB on behalf of the applicant and the administrative fee of EUR 300 is paid.
Step 4: The Agency and other Maltese Authorities conduct background checks and the Agency will then notify us by email once the process is complete.
Step 5: Once approved, the applicant will be invited to proceed to Malta to have their biometric data taken.
Step 6: The residency card is issued for one year and it can be renewed for a another two years.
Backed by our team of Citizenship Advisors and excellent working relations with a legal team, we will be able to assist you in every part of the path to gain a Nomad Residence Permit as well as a visa to be able to enter Malta. With a global mindset and high expertise in the Investor Immigration arena, we will be managing your application whilst ensuring your expectations are met at every stage.
Applicants who are in possession of a NOMAD Visa will keep on paying taxes in a foreign jurisdiction. Those individuals who work remotely from the island while being employed by a company registered abroad are regarded as earning income from foreign sources. This leads to an exemption from personal income tax for them. However, it's worth noting that Nomad Residence Permit holders will still be subject to consumption tax, similar to the taxation applied to Maltese citizens.
The Digital Nomad Community in Malta
The majority of local nomads in Malta are European citizens and with the boom in remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Malta decided to expand the opportunity to third-country nationals as well. Malta is an ideal safe and secure destination to live and work in, and the country is making the step to introduce the ancillary services that accommodate these professions.
Nomads in Malta engage in a plethora of activities that cater to their diverse interests. From working remotely in co-working spaces, exploring historical sites, or soaking up the Mediterranean sun on stunning beaches, the opportunities for growth and exploration are endless.
Collaboration is a central aspect of the community, as nomads often connect with like-minded individuals to exchange knowledge, skills, and experiences. Meetups and networking events provide invaluable opportunities for professional and personal growth, fostering a sense of camaraderie amoung nomads.
When it comes to food, Malta offers a delightful culinary experience, blending Mediterranean flavours with local specialties. Exploring the vibrant food markets or indulging in traditional Maltese cuisine is a common pastime. The nomad lifestyle in Malta embraces a healthy work-life balance, allowing individuals to enjoy the island's natural beauty and engage in outdoor activities such as hiking, diving, or exploring hidden coves.
As the sun sets, the nightlife in Malta comes alive with a variety of bars, clubs, and live music venues, providing nomads with the perfect opportunity to unwind and connect with fellow adventurers.
The digital nomad community in Malta is a dynamic and inclusive hub that celebrates diversity, collaboration, and exploration while offering an enriching and fulfilling lifestyle experience.
Co-working Spaces & the Nomad Community in Malta
Coworking facilities in Malta have become increasingly popular in recent years due to the growing number of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in the country. These facilities provide a flexible and collaborative working environment where individuals and companies can work together in a shared space, share resources, and network with like-minded professionals.
Many coworking facilities in Malta offer a range of amenities such as high-speed internet, conference rooms, printing services, and coffee bars. With a variety of coworking spaces available throughout the country, Malta has become a hub for professionals seeking a dynamic and supportive workspace, making it the ideal place for collaboration. The island offers ample of opportunities for business owners to network.
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Malta has embraced the internet and advanced communications technologies and the country has made significant strides in expanding access to high-speed internet and has implemented policies to support innovation and investment in the telecommunications industry.
Malta has also launched 5G technology, which offers faster and more reliable connectivity for businesses and individuals alike. With the proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices, 5G has become a game-changer in Malta, transforming the way people communicate, work, and access information. As the country continues to invest in its telecommunications infrastructure, it is likely that Malta will remain at the forefront of technological innovation.
Transportation in Malta
The country boasts a well-developed and efficient transportation network, ensuring convenient and reliable travel options. The primary mode of transportation in Malta is the extensive bus system, operated by the Malta Public Transport (MPT), which connects various towns and villages across the islands. The buses are modern, comfortable, and equipped with air conditioning, providing a pleasant commuting experience.
Individuals with their own Tallinja Card have the ability to ride at no cost on Day Routes, Night Routes, and Exclusive Services. However, this offer does not extend to the Tallinja Direct (TD) Routes. Upon validating your card, a fee will be subtracted for the use of Tallinja Direct (TD) services.
In addition to buses, Malta also offers reliable and accessible taxi services like Uber and Bolt, allowing individuals to travel conveniently at their own pace. For those looking for a more unique experience, renting a car or a scooter can provide the freedom to explore the stunning landscapes and hidden gems of the islands. Moreover, Malta is well-suited for cycling enthusiasts, with numerous dedicated bike lanes and paths that offer a greener and healthier mode of transportation.
The efficient transportation methods in Malta ensure that visitors and residents alike can easily navigate the island's beauty and rich cultural heritage.
Cost of living in Malta
Generally, Malta is considered to have a moderate cost of living compared to other European countries. Accommodation costs, such as rent, can be relatively high in popular areas like Valletta or Sliema, with the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment at €1500 per month but more affordable options can be found in other towns and villages across the island. Utilities and groceries are generally reasonable, with a range of options available to suit different budgets.
Transportation costs are generally manageable, with public transportation being a convenient and affordable option. Overall, Malta offers a good balance between quality of life and cost, providing residents with a comfortable and enjoyable experience without excessive financial burden.
Where to Live in Malta
Malta, a stunning Mediterranean archipelago, offers a variety of enchanting locations to call home. When considering where to live in Malta, the islands' unique charm and diverse landscapes provide an array of appealing options. Valletta, the capital city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its historic grandeur and cultural richness. With its bustling streets, beautiful architecture, and vibrant community, Valletta is an ideal choice for those seeking a lively urban lifestyle.
Alternatively, the neighbouring towns of Sliema and St. Julian's offer a more cosmopolitan atmosphere, with a wealth of trendy cafes, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. If you prefer a quieter, more laid-back setting, the charming village of Marsaxlokk, famous for its colourful fishing boats and traditional markets, could be the perfect fit.
Gozo, Malta's sister island, boasts a slower pace of life and idyllic rural landscapes, making it an excellent choice for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful retreat. With its wide range of options, Malta caters to different preferences, ensuring there's a perfect place for everyone to call home.
Healthcare in Malta
The country offers a dual-track healthcare system, comprising both public and private sectors. The public healthcare system in Malta is funded through taxes provides comprehensive medical care to all citizens and residents. Public healthcare facilities, such as hospitals and clinics, are well-equipped and staffed with skilled professionals who deliver a range of services, including preventive care, diagnostics, treatments, and emergency care.
Additionally, private healthcare plays a crucial role in Malta's healthcare landscape, offering alternative options and quicker access to specialised treatments. Private clinics, staffed by highly trained medical professionals, provide services tailored to individual preferences and offer additional conveniences such as shorter waiting times.
This two-tier system ensures that individuals in Malta have a choice when it comes to their healthcare needs, with both sectors working together to ensure the overall well-being of the population.
How can we help you?
With over 35 years of experience in the corporate and financial services industry in Malta, CSB Group is committed to providing top-notch services to clients worldwide.
For information or guidance required please do not hesitate to contact our Citizenship & Residence planning ream at [email protected].
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