BREAKING NEWS: Italy introduces a digital nomad visa!
After months of speculation and governmental talks, a new visa for remote workers was signed into law on 28 March 2022. So if you’ve been contemplating making a move towards the pizza and pasta, now might be the time for you!
What is a ‘digital nomad’ visa?
For those who don’t know, a digital nomad visa is a visa which allows remote workers to live in a country for a certain amount of time, even though they are not working in that country nor are they employed by a companyemployed a company fromof that country itself. Which means us teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) professionals!
What is the Italian digital nomad visa?
The new nomadi digitali visa allows non-EU nationals to stay for up to a year initially, but this can be extended. It is thought that there will be a minimum income requirement and possibly a few other requirements (such as a clean criminal record) but the details have not yet beento be announced.
Though there are currently a few different visas available for non-EU nationals to live and work remotely in Italy, there were numerous requirements, and the visas were only valid for two2 years.
So while this is fantastic news for TEFL teachers who dream of gelato and tiramisu, let’s not forget that there are a number of other countries which offer digital nomad visas as well.
Here is a rundown of some other countries which offer digital nomad visas which would be perfect for TEFL teachers.
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Under the new Startup Act, digital nomads working for non-Spanish companies can live in Spain without needing a full work visa for up to six months. Though it is not in effect yet, it is expected to be passed into law sometime in 2022.
Hungary has introduced the White Card, which allows foreign nationals working remotely for non-Hungarian companies to live in Hungary for one years, with the possibility of an extension for another 12 months.
Portugal has two temporary resident visas which allow the holder to live and work in Portugal. The Temporary Stay Visa allows you to stay in Portugal for up to a year, while the Residency Visa D2, or the D7 (Passive Income Visa), allows you to stay there for up to five years.
Mauritius now offers a Premium Visa.. With this visa you can stay in Mauritius for a year, and possibly renew it for longer.
The Nomad Residence Permit in allows you to enjoy the island vibes of Malta while working remotely for up to a year.
A long-term visa for remote workers is available for non-EU nationals for 90 to 180 days.
Georgia has a project called Remotely from Georgia. There is no specific visa for remote workers but if you do not usually require a visa to visit Georgia then you are eligible to apply to the programme and live in Georgia for up to a year.
As of August 2020, remote workers can apply for a Digital Nomad visa which allows them to live in Estonia for up to a year.
Dubai has a one-year virtual working programme for remote workers who are able to prove sufficient income.
Effective from 1 January, 2021, Croatia offers a digital nomad visa. This is a temporary residence permit which allows you to live in Croatia for up to a year.
Costa Rica offers a digital nomad visa which allows qualifying people to work in Costa Rica for up to a year.
Of course, for these visas there are certain requirements that need to be met in order to be eligible. This might be a certain level of income, a clean criminal record, proof of COVIDVOCID-19 vaccination, or others. If you are interested in applying for a digital nomad visa, look into it in detail to make sure you tick all the boxes.
These are not the only countries now offering digital nomad visas so do some research if there is a particular country you have your eye on.