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.
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To be eligible, an applicant must prove that he/she can work remotely and independent of location, using telecommunications technologies. In addition, he/she must be a third country national. The applicant must prove that he/she fits under any one of the three following categories: a) work for an employer that is registered in a foreign country and have a contract of work; b) conduct business activity for a company that is registered in a foreign country and of which applicant is a partner/shareholder; or c) offer freelance or consulting services mostly to clients, whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country, and with whom the applicant has contracts. Moreover, an applicant must reach a monthly income threshold of EUR 2,700 gross of tax. Additional eligible family members will have thresholds set in line with Residency Malta Agency Policy.
Other eligibility criteria include:
A Nomad Residence Permit will be issued for one year and can be renewed upon application at the discretion of Residency Malta Agency, if 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 valid 91 days – 180 days, depending on the intention of their duration of stay.
The Single Work Permit authorises third-country nationals to legally reside and take up employment in Malta for a defined period, which may be further renewed at the discretion of Identity Malta Agency, as per Subsidiary Legislation 217.17 of the Laws of Malta – Single Application Procedure for a Single Permit as regards Residence and Work and a Common Set of Rights for those ThirdCountry Workers legally residing in Malta Regulations. On the other hand, the Nomad Residence Permit enables holders to retain their current employment based in another country whilst legally residing in Malta. This may also be renewed at the discretion of Residency Malta Agency, as long as the applicant still meets the set eligibility criteria.
An applicant who would like to apply for a Nomad Residence Permit is to submit an application with scanned copies of all supporting documentation stipulated on the checklist published by Residency Malta Agency, including a letter of intent explaining the motivations for the desire to obtain a Nomad Residence permit. The letter of intent should also clearly state the intention of the duration of stay, specifying whether it is between 91 days – 180 days, or 181 days – 365 days. Applications should be sent to Residency Malta Agency via email on [email protected] Applicants who intend to spend up to 180 days in Malta will be issued with a National Visa while those who intend to spend up to 365 days or more will be issued with a Residence Permit.
To facilitate the process, third country nationals who require a Visa to enter Malta, may apply for a Premium Visa offered by Identity Malta Agency, for an additional charge of EUR 300. Other third country nationals who do not require a Visa may proceed to Malta as per regulations stipulated by 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).
Depending on the country of issuance of the applicant’s passport, one should follow one of the two below processes:
Family members will also be considered. An applicant’s spouse, minor children, and adult children unable to cope independently due to a medical condition or disability and also those who are economically dependent on the main applicant may apply for a Permit under the same conditions as the Nomad Residence Permit holder together with the main applicant. Decisions on spousal Visas/Permits will be made on a case by case basis. Malta recognises same sex unions so same sex partners can apply for a permit to accompany the main applicant.
Yes, this is possible by applying for each additional family member, containing the following documentation: a) full copy of valid international passport; b) copy of Nomad Visa/Residence Permit already issued to the main applicant; c) marriage certificate (where applicable); d) birth certificate (where applicable); e) affidavit of dependency (where applicable); f) award of custody/guardianship (where applicable); g) local/international (Malta cover) health-insurance policy; h) health declaration; i) administrative fee of €300 for each additional family member.
Application processing is expected to take up to 30 days following receipt of all required documentation.
The application fee is EUR 300 for main applicant and EUR 300 for each dependant on the application. Fees are not refundable and exclude visa related fees.
Applicants will be notified with the outcome of the application by email on the same email address from which the application has been submitted.
Further information may be found on the Residency Malta Agency website or by contacting Residency Malta Agency by email on [email protected]
Nomad Residence Permit holders will not be subject to personal income tax since their employment is already taxed at origin. Nonetheless, they will be subject to consumption tax like all other residents. Self-employed individuals offering their services to companies registered and based in Malta would need to pay taxes in Malta and apply for a residence permit based on their self-employment. Further guidance with regards to tax obligations may be sought from the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue on [email protected] Information with regards to an application for a residence permit on the basis of self-employment in Malta may be raised with Identity Malta Agency on [email protected]
A Nomad Residence Permit is a temporary basis for stay and the permit holder is not entitled to free health care. However adequate cover of medical expenses can be guaranteed through the required health insurance policy. If any of the beneficiaries travels within the Schengen Area, they are requested to apply for a separate travel insurance covering their stay.
The pension is collected by the Nomad Residence Permit holder in the country where their social tax is paid.
Only in cases where the permit holder is employed with or giving services to any Maltese company, in which case permit holders are required to register their employment/self-employment with Jobsplus. This is not the case for Nomad Residence Permit/Visa holders. Further information regarding registration of employment/self- employment may be obtained by contacting Jobsplus on [email protected]
Any changes to the application are to be communicated to Residency Malta Agency within one week by submitting Form N3, together with a copy of the new purchase/rental agreement against payment of EUR 27.50. Failure to do so may entail the revocation of the residence permit.
In case of a lost or stolen card, the applicant is to submit Form N3 together with a local Police Report within three working days, against payment of EUR 27.50. In case of a damaged card, the applicant is to also submit Form N3, against same payment.
Covid-19 travel restrictions may apply. Prior to applying ensure to consult with national guidelines updated from time to time. Information may be found on the Health Department’s Official website: https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/landing-page.aspx
A Nomad Residence Permit holder may apply for renewal of the permit not later than one month prior to the expiry of the existing permit against a fee of EUR 300 per applicant.