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What defines a digital nomad?
Is it merely someone who travels from place to place performing odd jobs in local towns and cities? Contrary to belief, this is exactly the opposite.

A digital nomad is a location-independent worker. It is someone who works on a more permanent basis.
Tasks are performed using a variety of electronic and digital media. The nomad usually works remotely for a specific company or freelance contracts to a steady client base.

Office space can be anything from a local coffee shop, hotel room, or even the local internet café. The only tools that are required are a computer and a stable internet connection.

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Visa Types

FDN Life Magazine features an article on the DIGITAL NOMAD VISA | FREELANCE VISA > A Comprehensive Guide for 2021 and beyond.A visa is a document issued to a traveler. This document contains specific information focusing on the country(ies) to be visited. It stipulates the duration of the visit, the country to be visited, the purpose behind the stay as well as certain regulations governing the stay.

Different types of visas are issued depending on the purpose behind the visit. Examples of these are:

  • Student Visa – A visa issued to a person studying full-time in a foreign country.
  • Transit Visa – When someone is required to cross a country’s borders to a destination beyond.
  • Tourism Visa – These commonly known visas are issued for anyone traveling to a country other than their own for holiday purposes
  • Work Visa – If you are contracted to a company in a specific country, you will be issued with a work visa to be able to perform your job functions in that specific country.
  • Digital Nomad Visa / Freelance Visa – A work-type visa specifically designed for location independent workers, freelancers, digital nomads, entrepreneurs.

How A Digital Nomad Visa / Freelance Visa Works

FDN Life Magazine features an article on the DIGITAL NOMAD VISA | FREELANCE VISA > A Comprehensive Guide for 2021 and beyond.Previously, a lot of nomads performed their tasks with the use of travel visas. If you can fly under the radar without anyone finding out, you might get away with this.

But it is not legal and can have dire consequences if you are caught. Travel visas are just that – created for the purpose of travel. A work permit or work visa requires employment or a job offer at a company in the country of choice.

In recent times, a lot of countries have shifted their focus and created digital nomad visas. These visas specifically cater to digital nomads. People are not required to be contracted to a company in the hosting country, but lists of requirements per country do still apply.

The logic behind this was quite simple. And the Corona-pandemic also just enforced the need and the benefits of remote working. The country of choice being “visited” will harness the financial boost of this type of situation.

The nomad on the other hand still gets to travel the world whilst proving to be an active contributor to the world economy.

How To Get A Digital Nomad Visa / Freelance Visa

Below is a tiny glimpse of countries that offer the possibility of Digital Nomad Visas. Also included on this list are the conditions required, application process as well as the duration it would approximately take for a visa to be issued as well as the financial income threshold needed:

Country Conditions To Be Met For Visa Application Application Process Application Duration & Minimal Financial Threshold To Be Met
Germany

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1. Register with the relevant German Tax Office.
2. The freelance options you can choose to register under is linguistics, law, healthcare, information-transmitting, business and tax counselling.
1. The relevant forms have to be completed and the application fee paid.
2. An appointment has to be made to finalise the process.
3. Ensure that you have all your required documentation on hand, such as photographs, passport, business documents and financial information.
4. Upon arrival, you need to open a bank account and register your home address.

Application Fee: Unknown

Validity: The German Freelance Visa is valid for three months.
Extension: Possible three year extension.
Application Time: 2-months.
Minimum Finances: N/A
Bermuda

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1. You have to be 18 years or older to apply.
2. Clean criminal record.
1. The application is completed online.

Application Fee: $263

Validity: The Bermuda Digital Nomad Visa is valid for one year.
Extension: N/A
Application Time: 1-week.
Barbados
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1. Proof of health insurance.
2. Background checks.
1. A cover letter with either application for C-1, C-2 or C-3 and related documentary proof to be submitted.
2. Application fee to be paid during processing.

Application Fee: Application cost is $3000 per family or $2000 for an individual.
Minimum Finances: $50,000 pa.
Application Time: 1-week.
Czech Republic

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1. Criminal History check.
2. Proof of residence.
3. All original documents / notarized copy, translated into Czech.
1. In-person application at the Embassy or Consulate office.
2. Applicant will have to partake in a recorded interview.
3. A signed written record of which will be kept.
4. As all of this is recorded in Czech, an interpreter may be used.

Application Time: 90-120 days.
Mexico

More Info
1. Application form with detailed cover letter to be completed.
2. After approval, an interview will be conducted.
3. A compulsory medical exam has to be completed.
Validity: Visa valid for 1-year, with extension possibilities of up to three years..
Extension: Can be extended up to 3-years.
Minimum Finances: $1,620 pm with a bank balance of more than $27,000.
Spain

More Info
1. Proof of self-sustainable income.
2. Health insurance valid for your stay.
1. The necessary forms must be completed and documentary proof obtained.
2. The application fee has to be paid.
3. All documents submitted have to be translated into Spanish.
4. The complete pack has to be submitted at the Consulate or Embassy offices.

Validity: 1-year..
Application Time: 1-month.
Costa Rica

More Info
1. Proof of health insurance for individual and family applications. 1. Online application process or through an immigration lawyer.
2. Documents must be translated and submitted in Spanish.
Application Fee: $250

Validity: The visa is valid for twelve months, renewable thereafter for six months..
Extension: Renewable for six months.
Application Time: $5,000 USD pm.
Estonia

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1. Your client based has to be located outside Estonia with an active employment contract.
2. Your employer(s) must be registered companies.
3. You are only allowed to work remotely using required technology.
1. Comply to the eligibility criteria.
2. Application forms to be completed (available online).
3. These forms are submitted at the Consulate or Embassy offices with copies of required documentation.

Application Fee: Extended stay visa (Type D - €100) or Short stay visa (Type C - €80).

Minimum Finances: €3,504
Application Time: 1-month.
Iceland

More Info
1. Applicant must be permanently employed with a company based outside Iceland.
2. Comply with requirements for health insurance.
1. Complete L-802 application form.
2. Attach required documentation and copies of certificates.
3. Processing fee to be paid.
4.The Directorate of Immigration will review the application and make a ruling.

Validity: 6-Months
Minimum Finances: $7 360 pm / $88 000 pa.
Application Time: 3-4 weeks.
Australia

More Info
1. A Visitor Visa allows the holder to work for a non-Australian employer.
2. With this visa, the holder may apply for an Australian Tourist stream visa to allow for work under special conditions.
3. The applicant will be required to justify the stay and application to Australia.
1. An online application is completed based on the category of work to be performed as well as the eligibility.
2. An application fee is to be paid.
3. Proof of health insurance is required.
4. An English proficiency test has to be completed and the results submitted.
Mauritius

More Info
1. Proof of accommodation.
2. Proof of income.
3. Proof of travel insurance.
4. Proof of health insurance.
1.All required documentation has to be submitted with the application.

Helpful Tips & Tricks When Applying For Your

Digital Nomad Visa or Freelance Visa

FDN Life Magazine features an article on the DIGITAL NOMAD VISA | FREELANCE VISA > A Comprehensive Guide for 2021 and beyond.

Previously, a lot of nomads performed their tasks with the use of travel visas. If you can fly under the radar without anyone finding out, you might get away with this.

But it is not legal and can have dire consequences if you are caught. Travel visas are just that – created for the purpose of travel. A work permit or work visa requires employment or a job offer at a company in the country of choice.

In recent times, a lot of countries have shifted their focus and created digital nomad visas. These visas specifically cater to digital nomads. People are not required to be contracted to a company in the hosting country, but lists of requirements per country do still apply.

The logic behind this was quite simple. And the Corona-pandemic also just enforced the need and the benefits of remote working. The country of choice being “visited” will harness the financial boost of this type of situation.

The nomad on the other hand still gets to travel the world whilst proving to be an active contributor to the world economy.

Remote work has become our new normal.  It offers a fun, interesting and challenging way of life.  If you follow the required guidelines and comply with all rules and regulations, this can be a rewarding experience!

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