EU citizens wanting to establish in Estonia can stay for a period of maximum three months without the necessity of obtaining a residence permit. However, non-EU citizens require a residence permit in most cases according to the Estonian Alien Act. Residence permits in Estonia can be temporary or permanent. Estonian temporary residence permits are issued for five years.
EU citizens have the possibility to apply for a temporary residence permit with the closest local authority. In order to receive a temporary residence permit in Estonia, an EU citizen must submit the following documents:
Within a month from the submission the applicant will receive an identity card that can be renewed upon expiration.
Non-EU citizens can obtain a temporary residence permit in Estonia in one of the following cases:
Estonian long term residence permits can be issued if certain requirements are met by the applicant. Among these there are:
Foreigners are required to register their residence in Estonia with the population register. The registration cannot be delayed more than one month after entering Estonia or receiving the residence permit.
Non-EU citizens owning shares in an Estonian company and that can support themselves are allowed to apply for an Estonian residence permit for business. The company must be registered with the Estonian Trade Register. Other requirements for a shareholder to obtain a residence permit for business in Estonia are:
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