Ever since the Remote Work revolution broke out in the world in the early months of 2020, a lot of countries had to adapt, some more than others. In this article, we’ll discuss the countries that are a bit more prepared than Noah.
These countries have not only adapted to the situation of working in 2020 but have created new types of Visas that will accommodate the new coming stream of travelers who also happen to be Remote Workers. Of course, each country’s Visa is a bit different from the others’, but we’ll discuss them all so you can see which one is best for you.
From Europe to South America and going through Asia, countries all over the world have designed the Visa that will work best for Remote Workers and that will encourage them to move to those countries. Some countries have even announced tax cuts for these workers.
The following is a list of 7 countries that will allow you to move there if you are a Remote Worker!
1. Iceland (Up to 6 Months)
Prior to 2020, only European Schengen area residents were allowed to take part in the country’s Work in Iceland program but has extended the program to include anyone who doesn’t need a Visa to travel to it to take part in the program.
According to Bloomberg, the new rules require you to be working for a non-Icelandic country or be self-employed, as well as make at least $88,000 annually and have health insurance.
The requirements may seem strict but they are attainable by most people who qualify, including US citizens.
2. Cayman Islands (Up to 2 Years)
The Cayman Islands introduced the new Global Citizen Concierge Program that allows people from all over the world to work remotely in the Islands and stay for up to 2 years.
The rules are a bit stricter as it requires people to prove that they’re working for a company outside of the country, and make at least $100,000 per year. Couples are required to make a combined $150,000 between them, and families with 1 or more children need to prove they are making at least $180,000.
They also require people to have health insurance and have a clean criminal record.
3. Dubai (Up to 1 Year)
Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced a new Visa program that will allow people to work and live in the city for up to 1 year if they prove that they are working for a company outside of the country.
This is one of the best deals since Dubai does NOT have any taxes on income. In order to qualify, all you have to do is prove that you make a minimum of $5,000 per month. You can do this by submitting proof of employment, last month’s payment proof, and 3 months of bank statements. You’re also required to have medical insurance and will have to pay a $287 application fee.
4. Barbados (Up to 1 Year)
Barbados is another country that is allowing proven Remote Workers to stay in their country for up to 12 months. Launched back in July, their new Visa program will require them to pay $2,000 for an individual, and $3,000 for a family bundle.
5. Czech Republic
The Czech Republic’s Visa program has been there for years, but this is the best time to know of its existence and start taking advantage of it.
All you have to do to apply is to get in touch with the consular office that happens to be based in the US and fill out this application. Filling out the application includes proving your income, health insurance, and accommodation.
This Visa has always been directed towards freelancers and Remote Workers, so the country already knows what they’re doing and have made sure everything you will need is already there.
6. Spain (Up to 1 Year)
Spain also has a self-employed Visa that allows its holders to live in the country for up to 1 year at a time. Like all other countries, proof of payment is required as well as a background check will be conducted by their embassies.
Once you’re in Spain, you are required to register in the Spanish Social Security. Once your Visa is approved, you are required to pick it up no longer than 1 month after you are notified, or it will be automatically canceled.
The program in Portugal isn’t specifically made for Remote Workers, but for independent workers in general. The catch is that you need to prove to the Portuguese authorities that your skills are actually needed in the country.
The first thing you need to do is register as a freelancer in the country, and having clients from that same country can drastically help your Visa application. If you’re planning to stay for longer periods of time, then the country may set you up with a different Visa program that meets your needs.
All you have to do after that is have a Portuguese bank account. The rest of the information you might need is going to be available at BePortugal.