Barbados approves visa applications for over 2,000 digital nomads

More than 2,000 digital nomad workers appear to have moved to Barbados as part of the Caribbean country’s ‘Welcome Stamp’ scheme.

As of December 31st In 2021, around 2,163 applications were approved out of 3,257 received, according to a government statement.

Most of the digital nomads looking to move to the island come from countries such as the United States, India, Britain, Canada, and Nigeria.

Not all of them are IT professionals; some of them work in fields such as finance, marketing, law and logistics.

In July 2020, the Caribbean country introduced the “Welcome Stamp”, a visa that allows foreigners to work remotely on the island for up to 12 months. Exactly one year later, the government changed the country’s employment laws to allow digital nomads to extend their visas.

“The Welcome Stamp program aims to help diversify the island’s tourist product, attract a new type of visitor and generate foreign currency,” explains the government.

Many countries in the region have launched their own digital nomad programs, but they are less likely to enjoy the same success as Barbados, analysts say.

Unlike many other Caribbean countries, Barbados is relatively safe for foreigners due to its low crime rate. The island is also not particularly prone to hurricanes.

The last time it was touched by it was in 1955. Its internet infrastructure is also powerful enough to power remote workers.

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