What is Digital Nomad Visa?

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During the initial phase of Covid-19, most of us were homebound due to the pandemic. As a result, changes in the workplace were made involving remote work. Working from home proved that any place with a good network and internet connection can help employers get what they want i.e. WORK. Fortunately, the surge in Covid-19 cases has been quite low for some time and people are finally getting back to work. But there are some people who still choose to work from home and who have jobs that can be managed from anywhere around the globe. Digital Nomad Visa is a boon for such people. Through this visa, you can now move to a different country for a short period of time and work from there. What could be more exciting than working on your laptop while watching the scenic escapes at a beach in Bali? Here’s all you need to know.

Digital Nomad Visa 

A Digital Nomad Visa provides you with the legal right to work remotely while residing away from your country of permanent residence. It allows you to stay longer than a tourist visa. With it, you can enjoy a long-term, tax-free (in some countries) stay, as long as your income comes from outside the destination country. Top companies like Twitter and Airbnb have already permitted their employees to avail remote working options and work from anywhere around the world.

Countries Offering Digital Nomad Visa 

Here is a list of the countries offering Digital Nomad Visa:

  1. Andorra
  2. Anguilla
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Aruba
  5. Bahamas
  6. Barbados
  7. Bermuda
  8. Cabo Verde
  9. Cayman Islands
  10. Croatia
  11. Curaçao
  12. Dominica
  13. Dubai
  14. Estonia
  15. Georgia
  16. Germany
  17. Iceland
  18. Indonesia 
  19. Malta
  20. Mauritius
  21. Mexico
  22. Montserrat
  23. Norway
  24. Seychelles
  25. Spain
  26. Taiwan
  27. Thailand 
  28. The Czech Republic

Are you Eligible? 

There are many countries that offer Digital Nomad Visa under different names/programs and have different criteria for eligibility. But here’s a general criterion:

  • You must be over 18 years of age
  • You must have a specific monthly income (the amount will vary for different countries)
  • You must have a job that allows you to work from anywhere in the world

Each country has a minimum income requirement and requires proof of health insurance. You will also be required to show proof of remote employment, travel insurance and intent to leave the country after the duration of your stay. While countries like Indonesia allow a tax-free stay, other countries will typically require you to continue filing for taxes. 

How Long Can you Work with a Digital Nomad Visa?

The duration of stay varies from country to country. For example, Indonesia allows the longest period of stay i.e. 5 years while Norway and Thailand allow 4 years. But most of the countries offer 1-2 years of stay.

How Can you Apply?

The process to apply is quite similar to the traditional Visa Application Process. You will be required to fill out an online application. After that, you’ll need to schedule an appointment at a visa office, submit your application and all required documents, undergo a visa interview and pay the required visa fee (which varies for different countries).

FAQs 

What is a Digital Nomad Visa?

A visa that provides you with a legal permit to work remotely while residing away from your country of permanent residence.

How long can you stay under the Digital Nomad Visa?

The duration of your stay will vary for different countries. Most of the countries allow 1-2 years of stay.

Who is eligible for a Digital Nomad Visa?

Anyone who has a job that allows them to work from anywhere around the world is eligible.

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