What Makes the Nomad Residence Permit Attractive to Expats? 

24 February 2022

The Nomad Residence Permit (NRP) allows non-EU nationals the right to live in Malta, which is an EU member state. The NRP allows you to enjoy Visa-free travel across the Schengen area, three months out of every six, whilst living in Malta and being employed elsewhere.

This is how it works:

  • If you are interested in applying for a Nomad Residence Permit, we can assist you. Contact us on +356 2095 8200 or by email on contact@ae.com.mt and we will send you the necessary paperwork required for the application to be processed.
  • We will then present your application to the Maltese immigration authorities and will help you obtain a three month visa to come to Malta.
  • Once you are in Malta, we will assist you with your apartment rental agreement and your medical insurance.
  • As part of your application, you would need to present proof that your income amounts to a minimum of €2,700 a month. This can be obtained from freelance work or through employment with a company outside of Malta.

At AE, we are registered with the Residency Malta Agency and with all other competent authorities as accredited agents for all immigration programs currently available in Malta. In addition, we are a multi-disciplinary firm with over twenty five years of experience in legal, corporate, tax and financial advisory.

We will guide and support you throughout the whole process of relocating to Malta by pro-actively advising you on the relevant aspects of Maltese laws and regulations.

The NRP is attractive for those freelancers, executives or entrepreneurs who work in an industry in which working remotely is possible.

Traditionally, obtaining a Visa to enter the EU is complicated, time consuming, and expensive and so, Malta introduced the NRP to remove these barriers to entry that non-EU nationals have to deal with.

Why Malta?

In a recent Times of Malta article, the founder of the Malta Digital Association, Daniel Goebel, shared his experience of moving to Malta in 2015 to work remotely, and attributed the appeal of Malta to the country’s climate, culture, and community.


Malta Harbour

Malta Harbour 

Malta is a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, boasting one of the highest rates of sunshine hours per year in Europe, with an average of three thousand hours of sunshine a year. Considering the positive effects of sunshine, which include mood and behaviour enhancement, increase in vitamin D levels, stronger bones, reduced blood pressure and higher quality of sleep, it is no surprise that nomads are drawn to this beautiful Mediterranean island.


 The Streets of  Malta

The island is brimming with history, having been ruled by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, and British; with each having left a mark on the Maltese people in terms of architecture, religion, food, and traditions.

Today, the Maltese culture can be said to be Latin European, with a strong influence from the British colonial period of history. Semitic influences are also noticeable in the Maltese language and possibly also in the Mediterranean diet.

The majority of people in Malta speak fluent English, with it being an official language, alongside Maltese.

Travelers to Malta are also attracted to the vast amount of leisure activities such as traditional village feasts, outdoor concerts, bustling nightlife and other cultural events and activities.

The cost of living is significantly lower than some of the other main cities in Europe. One can live very comfortably on €2,700 per month.

Malta also boasts a rich anthropological history dating back to the Neolithic Times: Free-standing houses, which represent a departure from cave dwelling, are found here and are thought to be the first of their kind. Also, found in Malta and Gozo are the famous Neolithic Temples which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Archeologists reckon that these were built around five thousand years ago.

Mnajdra, Malta


The past years have seen a significant increase in the resident population of Malta, which now approaches six hundred thousand people, of which about two hundred thousand have come from all over the world to settle here.

Malta has a low crime rate and one of the best healthcare systems in the world, which is free for EU nationals and accessible to non-EU individuals provided that they make social security contributions or purchase private insurance.

There is internet connectivity all over the island while its connections by air and sea to the rest of the world are very well-developed and convenient.

If you are considering applying for the Nomad Residence Permit in Malta, contact us on +356 2095 8200 or by email on contact@ae.com.mt. We will take care of the necessary paperwork required for the permit to ensure a seamless and hassle-free move to your next sun-kissed home.

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