Spanish authorities will unveil their plans for the digital nomad visa over the next few months in a bid to attract internationals who can live temporarily in Spain while working for companies or clients outside the country.
Such a program would also help the Spanish economic sector to recover from the crisis caused by the coronavirus and its new strains, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Earlier, Spanish Economic Affairs Minister Nadia Calviño said that “The Digital Nomad Visa will attract and retain international and domestic talent by helping remote workers and digital nomads settle in Spain.
The Digital Nomad Visa program will allow internationals to live in Spain while working remotely for companies outside the country without needing a full work visa.
The bill for such travel permits must now go through parliament, and it needs a majority of votes to pass, meaning it could take until spring, according to the Independent.
Such a visa should allow people to spend between six and 12 months living and working in Spain without the right of residence. In addition, applicants who meet the conditions can extend their visa for a specified period.
In this regard, Calvino has previously pointed out that registration fees will be waived while the creation of a new company will be simplified.
“Startups are the foundation of the new digital economy; they generate highly skilled jobs and have strong growth potential,” stressed the minister.
Recently, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that another European country, Hungary, introduced the digital nomad visa, known as the White Card, in order to bring into the country a large number of internationals who are eligible to live in Hungary. while working remotely for other companies. .
Romania also announced that it is implementing the digital nomad visa, valid for six months; however, it can be renewed if internationals meet the program requirements.
Besides Spain, Romania, and Hungary, the following European countries are known for their digital nomad visa programs: Czech Republic, Croatia, Iceland, Estonia, and Germany.
The Digital Nomad Visa program, which aims to make the travel process more flexible, productive and beneficial, is also popular in countries outside of Europe, such as Dubai, Costa Rica, Bermuda, Georgia, Antigua, Cayman Islands, Australia, Thailand and Mexico.
Even though the program is run by many European and non-European countries, authorities in different countries apply different requirements for these travel permits.