Living abroad may be alluring. Many jobs can now be done remotely and companies that may have been apprehensive about having their employees work outside the office are now reconsidering new ways of how and where staff work. As long as there is an internet connection and computer, the possibility to work from home or other locations is expanding.
But maybe you’re curious about working from a completely new location and want to experience life in a different country. Although a United States passport may make it easy to travel to many places around the globe without much hassle, when it comes to staying longer than a typical tourist visa, things get complicated. Typically, United States citizens can’t just move to another country without having proper paperwork in place, let alone work abroad without proper documentation. But some countries are making the process easier by offering digital nomad or work remote visas.
Antigua & Barbuda
Designed for professionals who are location-independent and earn a minimum of $50,000 a year, these beautiful Caribbean islands launched the Nomad Digital Residence program visa. If you want a chance to live in paradise with crystal clear beaches and fine sand beneath your feet, this may be the ticket but be aware that application fees are not cheap. Fees start at $1,500 for one person, $2,000 if you move with your partner, or around $3,000 for a family. You’ll also need to show proof of health insurance and that your employer is not based in the Caribbean. Once you’re approved for this residence program, you can stay for up to two years.
The Work from Bermuda visa is geared towards professionals and digital nomads who can and want to work remotely and experience island life. Luckily, there isn’t a minimum earnings requirement but you will need to either have a job that allows you to work wherever there is an internet connection or be enrolled in an educational program for a higher education degree. Be prepared to pay the $263 visa fee and have proof of your own health insurance for the duration of your stay. When paperwork is in order and fees are paid, the visa is valid for up to one year of enjoying and working in paradise.
If you’re interested in living in Europe, applying to the Digital Nomad Visa may be a good bet. Ninety days is a typical tourist visa stay for United States passport holders but things get tricky fast if you want to live in Europe. Applicants have the opportunity to reside in this North European country for up to a year. The catch? You have to be able to show that you can work remotely, have a current employment contract, or are a freelancer with clients who aren’t in Estonia and have monthly earnings before taxes that are at least, around €3504, or approximately $4000. Application fees are around €80-€100 or roughly $100-$120, depending on if you choose a short-stay or year-long stay.
Georgia, tucked between Europe and Asia, offers a visa for freelancers, business owners, and remote workers who are willing and able to live in this country for at least six months or longer. Applying for the Remotely from Georgia visa is straightforward and is open to individuals in 95 different countries. Requirements to qualify aren’t too hefty but you will need to show proof of monthly earnings with a minimum of at least $2,000 and have your own health insurance. You’re expected to follow any COVID-19 protocols and possibly self-quarantine upon arrival.
Dubai recently launched a one-year working visa that allows people to live in this city with high end shopping and beautiful beaches. You must be able to show proof of employment with pay stubs showing earnings of $5,000 per month or prove that you are the owner of a company that has been operating for a minimum of one year, also with $5,000 in earnings per month. Application and processing fees amount to $611 and you’ll be responsible for taking out your own health insurance that is valid in the United Arab Emirates. Although the visa is only valid for a year, there is an option to reapply for the program.
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