Antigua and Barbuda's Nomad Digital Residence opens new vistas

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Antigua and Barbuda is an independent commonwealth nation consisting of two main islands and several small islets. The country, located at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is dotted with pristine reef-lined beaches, verdant rainforests and many exquisite resorts.

It is noteworthy that the country offers much more than scenic natural beauty. Antigua and Barbuda is the latest to enter the list of countries that provide online work visas to people hailing from other nations. They can get two-year work visas under the Nomad Digital Residence programme, and earn up to 50,000 dollars (Rs 36,74,100) per year while working for local companies.

Currently, the foreign business firms, which don't have a presence in Antigua and Barbuda, can bring employees for work to the island nation. Those running their own business can also avail work visas under this programme. The visa-holders can enter and exit the country multiple times without any restrictions but the applicants should not be citizens of Antigua and Barbuda.

One of the main attractions of an overseas job is its financial security and different countries offer varied pay scales for the same occupation. Usually, those aspiring for a hefty salary and exposure in work would choose for employment in foreign countries. But the present COVID-19-triggered situation has forced everyone to put their travel plans to other nations on the backburner.

Now, many companies having operations in other nations are providing opportunities for people to work from their country of origin. These jobs come with a good pay package and without the hassles of travelling to a new place. Apart from the superlative telecommunication infrastructure, Antigua and Barbuda has a low rate of COVID positive cases. Those eligible will be issued a special-resident authorization valid for two years.

How to apply

The applications of the nomad digital residence visa can be submitted through the official website

Visa requirements

Documents vouching for the payment of non-refundable fees

Passport size photo as per specifications – 2x2 inches (51x51mm). The head should be 25 to 35mm from the bottom of the chin to top

A copy of the passport

Proof of medical insurance cover for the period of stay

A police clearance certificate is mandatory for applicants above the age of 16

Proof of the relationship between the main applicant and dependents who had submitted applications

Proof of employment, including self-employment

Main applicant's declaration certifying that the expected salary is above 50,000 dollars and that there are ways and means to support himself or herself and accompanying dependents during the stay.

Fee details

Non-refundable NDR visa fees should be paid along with the application.

Fees for single applicant is 1,500 dollars (Rs 1,10,164) and for a couple 2,000 dollars (Rs 1,46,885). For a family of 3 members or more, the fee is 3,000 dollars (Rs 2,20,372).

The fee should be paid through credit card and successful applicants would be intimated through email.

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