Lawmakers are tabling a bill to attract digital IT nomads to work in our country in the context of a labour crisis in this sector; the existing tax facilities, fast internet, and low rent are some of the benefits they bring forward.
Each country that issues visas for digital nomads has its own policies and regulations. Some allow eligible citizens to apply online (which is very convenient for people who are already used to doing everything electronically), while others require applicants to apply in person through an embassy or consulate.
In Romania, the visa for digital nomads would only apply to workers in the IT sector, in the context of our country facing a shortage of such labor, but it will also offers extremely advantageous conditions for these workers, like tax-exemption benefits. The visa will only be valid for one year, but it will most likely be renewable.
„The proposal covers only the IT field and is limited to the current tax benefits. It will be a project that will allow us to attract people who would not otherwise have come to Romania and would not have spent money here,” Diana Buzoianu, the PLUS MP who is currently working on the draft of the future bill told Economedia.
The Minister for Research, Innovation and Digitalisation, Ciprian Teleman, told Economedia that the area in which the visa will apply will be IT and because it has a high added value, in addition to the other advantages.
„Because we have a very serious workforce shortage, because we will soon be emerging from the Covid crisis, it is a good way to attract (these specialists, n.r.), especially since Romania is perceived well in terms of hosting nomads. We have very good internet bandwidth, we have low rent, and then it would be an opportunity,” the minister said.
Indeed, Romania is currently ranked third as the world’s most attractive countries for remote work from anywhere, according to The Digital Nomad Index.
Those who wish to apply for such a visa will have to provide proof of employment with an IT company, and there will be a minimum level of income that the applicant will have to earn while staying in that country. This amount has not yet been decided, said the minister, who gave the example of Croatia, where the minimum level is 2,500 euros.
Translation: Ovidiu Harfas