When 2020 began, the average manager may have supervised a handful of remote workers. Now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are having some or all of their employees work from home for the foreseeable future.
Working remotely, also known as working from home or telecommuting, is performing work at a location other than an “official duty station.” With laptops, high-speed telecommunications links, and ever-present pocket communications devices, many employees can work almost anywhere at least some of the time.
Due to new global evolution, we seeing various countries introducing new visa programs called Remote working visas. The current countries include;-
“Barbados’ new visa lets you work remotely in paradise for up to a year.”
The island nation will start receiving applications for the Barbados ‘remote work visa’ dubbed as 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp beginning July 18th 2020.
Using the Barbados remote work visa, digital nomads and remote workers who usually work from home get a -year pass to live and work on the beautiful Caribbean island.
The Barbados remote work visa is open to applicants worldwide, and the visa costs either US$2,000 per person, or US$3,000 per family.
Barbados remote work visa eligibility requirements
So, if you’re tempted to apply for Barbados’ new digital nomad visa, here are some eligibility requirements you will need to meet:
- Your expected earning must be at least US$50,000 per year over the 12 months you’ll be in Barbados and/or have the means to support yourself, your spouse and any dependents accompanying you, during you stay in Barbados.
- All your income must be earned from outside Barbados, even if you are doing the work within the Barbados
- You must have valid health insurance
- Pass the country’s national security vetting
Upon submission of applications, it takes about a week or so to get feedback on whether you’ve been successful or not.
How to apply for the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp
Click on this link HERE to apply for the 12-month Barbados remote work visa.
Supporting documents needed to apply for Barbados’ new digital nomad visa
- Passport sized photos
- Bio data page of passport
- Copy of birth certificate
- Proof of relationship if applying as family/couple
- Completed application form
- Payment of visa fee upon approval
Barbados cost of living
According to the cost of living comparison website Expatistan, a two-person accommodation of 900 sq ft (85 sq m) in Barbados costs approximately BBD$1,307 ($650) per month.
Bermuda launched a “One Year Residential Certification” program on August 1, 2020 that allows foreign remote workers to live on the island nation for up to a year while working remotely.
The Bermuda digital nomad visa Residential Certification application fee costs $263.
Bermuda remote work visa eligibility requirements
- Be at least 18 years of age
- demonstrate good character and not have conviction for an indictable offence;
- possess valid health insurance;
- demonstrate employment with a legitimate firm or their own company registered and operating overseas, which does not operate in Bermuda, in the case of a remote worker;
- provide evidence of enrollment in a Research, Undergraduate, Graduate or Doctorate Program, in the case of a Student;
- demonstrate sufficient means and/or continuous source of annual income without the need to engage in gainful employment in Bermuda.
- applicants must demonstrate employment with a legitimate firm or their own overseas company;
How to apply for the Bermuda One Year Digital Nomad visa” program
The Bermuda remote work visa application form is available for electronic submission, along with all relevant documentation, via the government portal at: www.gov.bm.
Beginning 1st August 2020, eligible location-independent workers can apply for Estonia’s new Digital Nomad Visa for remote workers.
Remote workers and digital nomads granted the Estonia remote work visa can live in Estonia for up to a year while legally working for their employer or their own company registered abroad.
Estonia remote work visa eligibility requirements
You can apply for Estonia’s digital nomad visa if you meet the following requirements
- You are able to work independent of location
- You can perform your work duties remotely using telecommunications technology
- You either:
- have an active employment contract with a company registered outside of Estonia,
- conduct business through your own company registered abroad,
- or work as a freelancer for clients mostly outside of Estonia.
- You can give evidence that your income met the minimum threshold during the six months preceding the application. Currently, the monthly income threshold is €3504 (gross of tax).
How to apply for Estonia’s digital nomad visa
Click on this link HERE to apply for Estonia’s remote work visa.
- Review the eligibility requirements above.
- Fill in the application form online. Print the form and sign it after completion. The state fee is 80€ for a Type C visa which allows for short term stays up to 90 days, and 100€ Type D visa or €100 for a Type D visa which permits a full year of continuous residence in Estonia and visa free travel to other Schengen territory countries.
- Make an appointment at your nearest Estonian Embassy or Consulate to submit your application.
- Make sure to bring copies of all required supporting documents.
Applications are typically reviewed not sooner than 15 days
If you are already legally in Estonia and would like to extend your stay, you can also apply for the Estonia nomad visa at any Police and Border Guard Board office. Just make sure you have enough time for the application processing period.
On July 16, 2020, Georgia announced a new “Digital Nomad Visa” focused on freelancers and self-employed foreigners who want to live and work remotely in the country.
The new Georgia remote worker visa allows people from any country in the world to live and work in the Balkan country for up to one year.
Georgia’s remote work visa eligibility requirements
- personal information,
- certificate of employment
- proof of valid travel insurance for the duration of the visit.
Antigua & Barbuda
The newest of the bunch! The Caribbean island nation of Antigua & Barbuda has just announced a digital nomad visa called the Nomad Digital Residence (NDR). It’s for remote workers who can show the means to support themselves and any family members joining them.
This visa is good for 2-years, and visitors will be required to maintain their own health insurance plan while staying within the country and enjoying its 365 different beaches.
- You own a location independent business (and/or)
- You work remotely for a company based outside of Antigua & Barbuda
- You earn at least $50,000 per year
- You have your own travel/health insurance plan
How To Apply
- Fill out the online application form
- Provide proof of employment and a police background check.
- Pay the visa fee: $1,500 for one person, $2,000 for a couple, $3000 for a family of 3 or more.
There are many digital nomads who choose to base themselves in Costa Rica due to the relaxed lifestyle, great surfing, nice beaches, and diverse landscape of volcanoes, waterfalls, and jungle. Costa Rica’s freelancer visa is called the Rentista, allowing foreigners to stay for up to 2-years, with the ability to extend it. This visa allows self-employed people or entrepreneurs to work in Costa Rica, but you can’t be an employee for another company.
- Show income of $2,500 per month for two years or make a $60,000 deposit in a Costa Rican bank
How To Apply
- Applying for the Rentista visa on your own through Costa Rica’s Migracion Website is possible, but not recommended. It’s better to hire an immigration lawyer to help you.
- All your documents must be translated into Spanish, as well as authenticated in your home country.
- Pay the visa fee of $250
Now may not be the time to take Mexico up on the offer, but once covid-19 is more under control, the country does offer a great long term visitor program, via the Mexico Temporary Resident Visa. The program allows you to live and work in the country for up to four years, with a series of one year extensions.
Like other countries, Mexico has a minimum income requirement for these Temporary Resident visas, which is currently circa $1945 USD per month in gross income, with at least six months of proof.
Tourists can typically arrive visa free into Mexico, but if you intend to apply for one of these visas to live and work in Mexico, entering and re-entering as you please, you’ll need to apply in advance.
We shall keep on updating the list of countries that have digital nomad remote working visa time to time . Remote work is still a relatively new concept in the professional world. With technology advancing at a faster rate than ever before, old concerns like communication and productivity tracking have been eradicated and more companies are looking into offering remote work as an option for their employees. If you’re interested in living a more flexible lifestyle, or want to pursue a new way of thinking about personal and professional growth, look into how remote work could work for you.