Nomad Residence Permit

The Nomad Residence Permit  (NRP) was launched by the Residency Malta Agency and Identity Malta to attract non-EU nationals who enjoy remote work arrangements to reside in Malta, while continuing their the working relationship with any foreign employers or clients.

With the main legal framework for the initiative being Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) and Immigration Act Chapter 217 of the Laws of Malta, eligible individuals will initially be able to apply for a visa, which may be valid for up to 180 days, with the possibility of extending their stay by applying for a Maltese Residence Permit.

Check out the Malta Residence Agency’s official Nomad Residence Brochure here.

As a Licensed Agent we are experienced in advising and representing our clients in submitting their application for Nomad Residence Permits,  


NRP Qualifying Criteria

Any prospective Main Applicant must:


  • be a person of good character, being a foreigner who is over the age of eighteen (18) years;
  • be a fit and proper person;
  • be in possession of a valid travel document;
  • not be a Maltese, EU, EEA or Swiss national;
  • be in receipt of stable and regular resources which are sufficient to maintain himself and dependants;
  • not benefit under any other Malta Special Tax Status;
  • be in possession of qualifying health insurance in respect of all risks in Malta for all persons to be included in the NRP application;
  • be able to adequately communicate in either one of Malta’s official languages (English or Maltese);
  • secure a suitable residential property in Malta;
  • be able to prove they can work remotely, using telecoms and fall under any one of the following 3 categories:
  1. work for an employer registered in a foreign country and have a contract of work;
  2. conduct business activities for a company registered in a foreign country and of which applicant is partner/shareholder; or
  3. offer freelance or consulting services, mostly to clients whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country, and with whom the applicant has contracts.
  •  satisfy the monthly income threshold of EUR 3,500 gross of tax.

NRP Eligible Dependants

  • Spouse/Partner

Spouse of the Main Applicant in a monogamous marriage or partner in another relationship having the same or similar status to a monogamous marriage,  including a civil union, domestic partnership, common law marriage;provided that for the purpose of these regulations, the term “spouse” shall be gender neutral, and saving the CEO of Residency Malta Agency’s discretion to authorise, on a case by case basis, other
relationships having a similar status as aforesaid;

  • Children

Children of the Main Applicant or Spouse as defined in paragraph (a) above including an adopted child, who are either under the age of eighteen (18) years, at the time when the Main Applicant submits a NRP application, or in the case of children who are over the age of either (18) years; are not married and prove, to the satisfaction of the Authority, that s/he is wholly maintained or otherwise largely supported by the Main Applicant.


NRP Tax Treatment

  • Income derived from the Main Applicant’s foreign employment will not be taxable in Malta, assuming this is already taxed at origin.
  • A Main Applicant who applys on the basis of self-employment and would also like to offer their services in Malta must register with Jobsplus to be able to do so legally. Income derived locally would however be subject to Maltese income tax, so one would also be required to register with the Inland Revenue Department.

NRP Application Process

A Main Applicant applying with the assistance of a Licensed Agent would first be properly vetted by the latter to ensure that they satisfy the qualifying criteria, and both will then coordinate the preparation of all required documentation and forms for submission to the Authority.

An application shall also include a letter of intent explaining the Main Applicant’s motivations for applying to obtain a Nomad Residence permit, and shall also clearly indicate the intention of the duration of stay, specifying whether this it to be is between 91 days – 180 days, or 181 days – 365 days.

Upon submission of the application, the Authority will issue instructions for payment of a non-refundable €300 administrative fee for each applicant, upon payment of which the Maltese Authorities will conduct background checks.

The application processing is expected to take up to 30 days after which the Main Applicant will be notified of the Authority’s decision.

Residence Permit Application

Upon approval, those Main Applicants who intend to spend up to 180 days in Malta will be eligible to apply for and be issued with a National Visa.

Should  the Main Applicant decide to prolong their stay further than the duration of the Visa issued, he/she may apply for a Nomad Residence Permit by applying for a Maltese Residence Permit, which will involve the submission of their bio-metric features and documentation in person.

NRP Ongoing Obligations

.For the Main Applicant and Family members to be able to extend their Maltese Residence permit they will be require to prove that they continue to satisfy the Qualifying Criteria. It will be possible for beneficiaries to apply for a renewal for up to three times for a maximum stay of 4 years

    NRP Application Fees and Costs

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    NRP Fees

    As an Approved Agent- AKM-TONN, we are registered with and approved by Residency Malta Agency to guide eligible individuals through the NRP application process and are ready to advise and represent them in the preparation and submission of their applications for a Nomad Residence Permit.