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Spain to Create Digital Nomad Visa

Authorities in Spain will unveil their plans for a digital nomad visa in the following months in a bid to attract foreigners who can live temporarily in Spain while working for companies or clients outside the country.

Such a scheme would help the Spanish economic sector recover from the crisis caused by the coronavirus and its new strains, reports.

Earlier, Spain’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calvino, said that “the digital nomadic visa will attract and retain international and national talent by helping remote workers and nomads in Spain.”

The digital nomad visa program will allow foreigners to live in Spain while working remotely for companies located outside the country without the need for a full work visa.

According to The Independent, the travel permit bill must now go to Parliament, and needs to be passed by a majority vote, meaning it could take until spring.

This visa is expected to allow people to spend between six to 12 months living and working in Spain without the right of residence. In addition, applicants who meet the requirements are eligible to extend their visas for a specified period.

In this regard, Calvino previously stressed that the registration fee will be raised while setting up a new company which will be simplified.

“Startups are the foundation of the new digital economy; the minister emphasized that they generate highly skilled jobs with high growth potential.

Recently, reported that another European country, Hungary, has introduced a digital nomad visa, known as a white card, in order to bring a large number of foreigners eligible to live in Hungary while working remotely for other companies into the country. .

Romania also announced that it is in the process of implementing a digital nomadic visa, which is valid for six months; However, it can be renewed if foreigners 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 nomadic visa system, 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.

Although the program is operated by many European and non-European countries, the authorities in different countries apply different requirements for these travel permits.

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