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Digital nomad visas have been gaining popularity in recent years.
The rise of remote work and location-independent businesses has led many people to explore the opportunity to live and work in another country. Digital nomad visas make it easy for remote workers and entrepreneurs to stay in another country for the long term and work online.
There are more than 55 countries around the world that offer digital nomad visas for remote workers, according to nomad girl.
Many of these digital nomad visas are available in countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Why work in the Americas?
For Americans, one of the main reasons for staying in North, Central, or South America as a digital nomad is the time zone.
If you need to work on US time, it’s much easier to work from the same time zone as home (or a time zone that’s only an hour or two apart) rather than being halfway around the world and having to work odd hours.
For example, while Southeast Asia is a popular destination for digital nomads, you may have to work in the middle of the night if you need to stick to US time. Even living in Europe means you’ll have to work all afternoon and late into the night.
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Staying in the Americas may also be more convenient. For example, Mexico is extremely popular among digital nomads due to its proximity to the United States.
Most Americans are only a short direct flight from Mexico, making it very convenient while still allowing you to live and work abroad.
Here are the best digital nomad visas in the Americas to consider:
Colombia, which is one of the most affordable countries in South America, launched a digital nomad visa this year that is easy to apply for.
Applicants only need to demonstrate monthly income of 3 million pesos (approximately $738 USD) and the visa is valid for up to two years.
Another country in the Americas that is great for digital nomads is Ecuador. This country is beautiful and affordable, and filled with stunning natural beauty. Cities like Quito and Cuenca attract digital nomads and remote workers.
It’s another easy-to-apply digital nomad visa, requiring monthly earnings of just $1,284 USD and is valid for up to two years.
Although Mexico does not offer a formal digital nomad visa, Americans can stay in Mexico for up to six months without a visa.
This makes it a popular spot for digital nomads and remote workers who want to explore Mexico’s amazing beaches, cities, and cultural sites.
If you want to stay longer, request temporary residence (which is good for up to four years) is a pretty straightforward process.
Although Canada is a more expensive place to live than other countries on this list, American travelers will find their money’s worth more right now due to the favorable exchange rate between the US and Canadian dollars.
It is possible to live and work remotely in Canada for up to six months without a visa, and there are no income requirements either.
Finally, Panama is a Central American country that offers a digital nomad visa. Requires applicants to earn at least $36,000 USD annually, and is good for up to nine months (and extendable for an additional nine months).
Alternatively, Americans can stay in Panama for up to six months without a visa. This is a great way to test the waters of living and working in Panama, which boasts a cosmopolitan capital and incredible beaches.
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