Working while sitting on the beach, or enjoying panoramic European city that covered by snow. Now , Workers are learning that they can do their jobs from anywhere. Meanwhile, countries are hoping to support local economies that have been decimated due to closed borders and lockdowns. The hope is that these long-term visitors will support local economies without displacing any permanent residents’ jobs.
Here are 11 countries with programs designed to welcome remote workers.
Antigua and Barbuda New residency program
Antigua and Barbuda just announced a new Nomad Digital Residence program that will allow remote workers to live and work there for up to two years.
To get this special resident status, workers must prove that they earn at least $50,000 a year. They must also prove that their employers are based outside of the Caribbean country, and must maintain health insurance throughout their stay.
Per the website, the cost for a single applicant is $1,500, $2,000 for a couple, and $3,000 for a family of three or more.
Dubai – One year virtual working program
Dubai’s new visa will allow remote workers and their families to stay in the city for up to a year while working for companies that are based overseas.
According to Visit Dubai, to apply workers must prove that they earn a minimum of $5,000 a month by submitting proof of employment, last month’s pay stub, and three months of bank statements.
The application costs $287, per the website, and applicants are required to have medical insurance that’s valid in the United Arab Emirates, and a passport that’s valid for at least another six months.
3. Aruba – 90 days Program
To take part, visitors must book one of the packages available for at least one week, and no more than 90 days, though the website says that it may extend the maximum duration in the future.
Remote workers must be employed by a non-local company or be self-employed, per the website, and cannot work for an Aruban individual or company as that would require a work or business permit.
4. Barbados – 12 months Barbados Welcome Stamp.
Visitors could live and work on the island for up to a year with Barbados’ new visa program.
Approved applicants will have to pay $2,000 for an individual visa, or $3,000 for a “family bundle,” according to the website.
5. Estonia – Digital nomad visa program.
In August, the Republic of Estonia officially launched its new Digital Nomad Visa, which it says is the first of its kind in the European Union.
The freelancers that work mostly with clients based outside of the nation. They must also meet a minimum gross income requirement of $4,130 (€3,504) per month for six months preceding their application. The application costs between $94 and $117 (or €80 and €100) depending on how long you plan on staying.
The policy would allow remote workers and students to live on the Caribbean island for up to a year.
In order to qualify, the applicant must be older than 18, have health insurance, supply proof of employment and/or enrollment in an educational program, and show sufficient means and/or a continuous source of income, according to the Government of Bermuda.
The certificate will cost long-term visitors $263.
The country of Georgia’s new visa program is aimed at self-employed, remote workers.
to apply, visitors must prove that they earn a minimum of $2,000 a month so that they can pay taxes while in Georgia, and must have health insurance for the duration of their stay. Visitors should expect to quarantine for 12 days upon arrival, at their own expense, and that they must take a COVID-19 test after quarantine.
8. Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has offered a zivno visa, or long-term business visa, for years now.
The visa is targeted at freelance and remote workers. Interested applicants will need to get in contact with the consular office based in the US. They’ll also need to fill out an application, which includes providing proof of income, travel medical insurance, and accommodation.
This visa program offers temporary residence for independent workers. The only caveat? Applicants must demonstrate that their skills are needed in the country.
Applicants have to register as a freelancer in the country, and it helps if they have local Portuguese clients.
Freelancers and self-employed individuals can apply for the country’s self-employment work visa.This visa allows individuals to live and work in Spain for up to a year.
Applicants will need to establish and maintain employment and pass a background check.
Germany also has a permit program targeted at freelancers and remote workers.
The “freiberufler” visa is designed for freelancers who want to be their own boss.
The freelance visa only lasts for three months, but it could potentially be converted into a residency permit. The application is similar to other remote visa programs.
Applicants must show proof of income, travel insurance, and letters of recommendation from previous employers.
Mexico’s temporary resident visa allows visitors to live in Mexico for a year, and after that, it could be extended for an additional three years.
In order to qualify for the visa, applicants will need to show that an income of more than $1,620 per month or a bank account balance of over $27,000.
Source : Insider