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Spain: Non-Lucrative Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
The Non-Lucrative Residence Visa allows people with passive income to move to Spain.

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$31,330/yr income, including some passive income, plus $7,982 per dependent. This amount might be required upon application. Some consulates require the full $31,300/yr in passive income (so remote workers might not qualify). In that case, consider Spain's Self-Employed Work Visa.

Apply

This visa costs $72+ (varies based on your nationality) and takes 3 months to process. Apply at your local Spanish embassy.

Costa Rica: Pensionado Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
People of any age earning passive income can move to Costa Rica with the Pensionado Visa, which offers a path to permanent residency.

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$1,000/m in permanent passive income. Additional remote work is permitted under this visa.

Apply

This visa costs $250+ and takes 3+ months to process. There are various additional fees. Apply from within Costa Rica at the Direccion General de Migracion y Extranjeria.

Czech Republic: Živnostenský Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Freelance and self-employed workers can move to the Czech Republic (and work for clients there) with the Živnostenský Visa.

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Includes right to work for clients

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

$5,777 bank balance (could be more with family), 1 year's accommodation, and relevant professional qualifications/business license. This work must be related to the Czech Republic (for example, freelancers with Czech clients could qualify, but remote employees of companies abroad would not).

Apply

This visa costs $234+ and takes 4 months to process. Apply at your local Czech embassy.

Finland: Entrepreneur Permit

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Remote workers with approved businesses can move to Finland with an Entrepreneur Residence Permit.

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Freelancers and self-employed qualify

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Business must meet government requirements for structure, profitability, business plan, and other factors. Remote workers employed outside of Finland do not qualify.

Apply

Visa fees vary, starting at $582. This visa takes ~9 months to process. Apply online here.

Germany: Residence Permit (Self-Employed)

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Business owners, freelancers, and self-employed people can move to Germany with the Residence Permit for Self-Employed People.

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Renewable after 3 years

Requirements

The applicant needs the professional qualifications and funds to set up and run their business. Approval is more likely if the business has German clients, and this visa doesn't suit remote employees of a company outside of Germany. Applicants who are older than 45 years old also need funds or a plan for their retirement.

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Visa and residence permit fees cost ~$189. This visa can take a few months to process. Apply for this Residence Permit within Germany at your local Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde)

Mauritius: Occupation Permit

Permanent Remote Work Visa
An Occupation Permit allows self-employed people and freelancers to move to Mauritius.

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Valid up to 10 years

Requirements

$35,000 deposited into a bank in Mauritius upon application. To keep the Occupation Permit, the business must earn $20,214 annually by the 3rd year. This visa suits self-employed people and freelancers, not remote workers employed by companies outside of Mauritius.

Apply

This visa costs $505 (plus $126 per dependent). Apply online here.

Norway: Residence Visa (Self-Employed)

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Self-employed people and freelancers can move to Norway with a Residence Visa for Self-Employed Person.

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

$27,025/yr income. Only sole proprietors qualify for this visa, not employed remote workers.

Apply

This visa costs $593. Apply at your local Norwegian embassy.

Taiwan: Employment Gold Card

Permanent Remote Work Visa
With the Taiwan Employment Gold Card, self-employed people, freelancers, and professionals in numerous fields can move to Taiwan and receive the right to work there.

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Pass the points system (varies greatly by field, but $5,713/m income usually qualifies). Self-employed people must live in Taiwan for 6 months before applying.

Apply

This visa costs $100+ (varies according to nationality and other factors) and takes ~2 months to process. Apply online here.

Ecuador: Professional Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Remote workers and their family can move permanently to Ecuador with a Professional Visa, with the right to work and start a business.

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$400/m remote income (proven for last 6 months) or $1,500 bank deposit, and an undergraduate or graduate degree

Apply

This visa costs $450 ($50 to apply and $400 upon issuance, plus $250 per dependent) and takes up to 3 months to process. Apply at your local Ecuadorean embassy.

Ecuador: Retirement Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Though not technically a remote work visa, people of any age with permanent passive income can receive a Retirement Visa in Ecuador, with the right to work (both remotely and in-country).

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$400/m passive income from a permanent source (like a pension or social security)

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This visa costs $450 ($50 to apply and $400 upon issuance, plus $250 per dependent) and takes up to 3 months to process. Apply at your local Ecuadorean embassy.

Ecuador: Rentista Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
People with rental income or a 2-year remote contract can receive a Rentista Visa in Ecuador, with the right to work (both remotely and in-country).

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$400/m income from a 2-year rental property or a 2-year remote work contract. Must prove income over past 6 months.

Apply

This visa costs $450 ($50 to apply and $400 upon issuance, plus $250 per dependent) and takes up to 3 months to process. Apply at your local Ecuadorean embassy.

Belize: Qualified Retired Person (QLP)

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Though not technically a remote work visa, people over age 45 with $2,000/m passive income (or $24,000/yr bank balance) can move to Belize indefinitely, with the right to work remotely.

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Limited residency requirements

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0% offshore income tax

Requirements

$24,000/yr transferred to Belize for living expenses, as 1 lump sum or in monthly payments. 1 month/yr of required residency. This is not a path to Permanent Residence.

Apply

This visa costs $1,350 ($150 application fee, $1,000 upon acceptance, and $200 for card issuance), plus $750 per dependent upon acceptance. Apply at the Belize Tourism Board in Belize City (instructions are here.)

Netherlands: Dutch-American Friendship Treaty

2 Year Remote Work Visa
The Dutch-American Friendship Treaty allows Americans to move to the Netherlands, with the right to work for clients there.

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$5,440 bank balance (deposited in the Netherlands) and a freelance business to support yourself. Only American citizens qualify for this visa.

Apply

This visa has a $1,562 fee. Apply in the Netherlands with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). This complicated process takes ~3 months, but you are allowed to work as a freelancer once you begin the application.

Malaysia: My Second Home (MM2H)

10 Year Remote Work Visa
The Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) visa lets remote workers and their family move to Malaysia. (This program is paused due to COVID-19).

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0% offshore tax

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Renewable after 10 years (not a path to Permanent Residence)

Requirements

If under 50: $2,440/m income, $122,026 bank balance upon application (upon acceptance, deposit $73,216 in Malaysia and maintain a fixed deposit of $36,608 after the 2nd year). If over 50: $2,440/m income, $85,418 bank balance upon application (upon acceptance, deposit $37,608 in Malaysia and maintain a fixed deposit of $24,405 after the 2nd year). Spouse's income and rental income can contribute to monthly income in some cases.

Apply

Fees for this visa vary, and it takes 6 months to process. You can apply online here.