Montenegro Digital Nomad Visa - Your Guide on Relocation to Montenegro
Montenegro Digital Nomad VisaUpdated on Sunday 05th December 2021
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Foreign citizens who want to move to Montenegro can apply for several types of visas, however, the number of people interested in flexible options that enable them to live in one country and work for employers or clients in other parts of the world. Persons interested in becoming digital nomads have several countries they can choose from when it comes to fining a balance between a relaxed lifestyle and costs associated with working. One of the countries to be added to the list of remote workers is Montenegro.
In 2022, the Montenegro digital nomad visa is expected to be launched by this country’s government. Until then, our lawyers in Montenegro can provide support for those who want to relocate here through traditional types of residence permits.
Options for digital nomads in Montenegro
While the Montenegro digital nomad visa is a project underway, foreign citizens who want to live and work from here can apply for residence permits. Considering Montenegro is not an EU member state yet implies for citizens from member states to apply for short or long-term residence permits if they want to live here.
One of the most appealing facts relocating to Montenegro is obtaining tax residency, as the country’s taxation system is one of the most attractive in Europe. With a corporate tax rate of only 9%, freelancers can work from here for clients all over the world, which is why a digital nomad visa can be a great solution for them.
Here are the main types of permits one can acquire and immigrate to Montenegro as a digital nomad:
- temporary residence permits for persons who want to stay in Montenegro for more than 3 months;
- long-term residence permits for those who want to live here for indefinite timespans;
- residence permits based on investment which come with various advantages.
- employees of foreign companies operating in Montenegro can also move here based on intra-company transfers.
With these options, however, it cannot be said that a person has obtained a Montenegro digital nomad visa.
Our Montenegrin lawyers can explain the differences between an ordinary residence permit and a digital nomad visa.
Montenegro to follow Croatia’s footsteps on digital nomad residency
According to the Investment Agency in Montenegro, the government will work with the same team that created the Croatian digital nomad visa which was released at the beginning of 2021.
The Montenegro digital nomad visa is expected to follow the same guidelines which imply:
- the duration of the visa to be limited;
- for those applying for it to meet certain requirements, among which the employer to be a non-Montenegro based company;
- for the applicant to have sufficient funds to sustain him/herself during the stay here.
These requirements can also be met in other European countries that have already enabled such schemes.
Our law firm in Montenegro is at the service of people who want to move here and set up businesses as sole traders until the digital nomad visa is enabled.
What is the difference between a digital nomad visa and residence permit?
One of the most important questions related to the digital nomad visa and an ordinary residence permit is “what is the difference between them?”. There are several differences between them, and among these, our Montenegrin lawyers present the following:
- the digital nomad visa is a limited-time visa for people who want to live here while working for companies or clients located in other countries;
- the digital nomad visa can be obtained by people who have flexible work schedules and who have the possibility of moving around a lot without wanting to establish themselves in a specific country;
- the digital nomad visa enables the holder to retain his/her tax residency in the country of origin.
By comparison, a Montenegrin residence permit requires a foreign citizen to live here at a specific address and to pay taxes here after a specific period of time. However, a digital nomad can apply for residency if he or she finds that Montenegro meets his/her living requirements.
Until the Montenegro digital nomad visa becomes a reality, we invite you to discover what living here implies with the help of a temporary residence permit that can be obtained with the help of our lawyers.
According to statistics:
- Montenegro’s population is 628,178 inhabitants at the level of 2021;
- its median age is 38.8 years, thus, quite young;
- 67.6 % of the population (more than 427,000) lived in urban areas in 2020.
If you are interested in the Montenegro digital nomad visa, you can contact our local law firm who can provide you with updated information on the program.