A Worldwide Workplace: What the Rise of the Digital Nomad Means for Global Businesses – Work Visas

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Digital nomad visas

A comparative view

More than 50 countries around the world now have some form of visa or immigration agreement that supports digital nomad models.

In some jurisdictions, the traditional work-related visa requirement for digital nomads has been removed or modified, sometimes replaced by a new type of work permit. For example in Italy, where a new permit has been issued to non-EU digital nomads, who can stay in the country for up to 90 days without a visa. In Canada, “remote work” (either by telephone or Internet) performed by a temporary resident whose employer is outside Canada and who is remunerated from outside Canada, is not characterized as work requiring a work permit under the Temporary Foreign Workers and International Mobility Act. Programs.

And in Australia, digital nomads who use technology to work remotely while traveling between different locations (who are either self-employed or employed by a company without an office in Australia), can apply for a visa for short periods of stay as whether tourist or business. visitor.

In countries where digital nomad visas exist, the conditions of these visas vary considerably from one jurisdiction to another. In many countries there will be a minimum income threshold, as well as other requirements and controls. For example, in the Cayman Islands, where the minimum annual salary is $100,000 or $150,000 for couples. Police background checks, COVID testing, and private health insurance requirements are common features, along with proof of employment by a company based outside the jurisdiction.

The costs and duration of these visas also vary widely. For example, in Bermuda where the visa fee is $263 compared to $2,000 in Barbados. In Indonesia, a digital nomad visa can last up to 5 years, while in Bermuda it is limited to 12 months only.

To demonstrate the different arrangements that currently exist, we have created an interactive guide with details on digital nomad visas or immigration arrangements for workers employed in a sample of jurisdictions around the world.

Click here to continue reading. . .

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.


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