The Latvian government has introduced its Digital Nomad Visa, which allows internationals to stay in Latvia and work remotely from the country for a period of over a year, with the possibility of renewing it for another year without local sponsorship .
However, it has been clarified that the visa can only be held by internationals employed by an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-registered employer, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
According to local media, the Latvian government has released legislation to introduce a digital nomad visa for internationals employed by a company registered in an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country or self-employed workers whose company is registered in an OECD country.
The following European Union countries are members of the OECD:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland .
With regard to non-EU countries, the following states are also part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development:
Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom as well as the United States.
The digital nomad visa can be granted for a maximum of one year and renewable for an additional year. After two years of residence, internationals would be eligible to change their status to a temporary residence permit, if permitted.
On the other hand, visa holders would be required to stay abroad for a period of at least six months before being allowed to reapply for a digital nomad visa.
Previously, the Latvian authorities said that the Digital Nomad visa will promote the immigration of qualified people who will further help the business sector as well as the economic sector. In addition, Latvian authorities have said that the introduction of such visas will help the tourism industry, attracting a large number of internationals interested in remote work to the country.
In this regard, Interior Minister Marija Golubeva said that, based on the latest research, countries that have more open immigration policies also have higher gross domestic product (GDP) and unemployment. weaker, as well as a better educated workforce.
So far, several European countries are offering digital nomad visas. SchengenVisaInfo.com previously reported that the following European countries offer digital nomad visas and independent visas for internationals: Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Malta, Estonia, Greece, Romania, Czech Republic.