Work in Estonia

Estonia has become an interesting choice when it comes to changing the country of residence, as well as the work environment. However, one must follow specific procedures to receive a work and residence permit in Estonia.

Types of work and residence permits in Estonia:

Foreign citizens who want to move to Estonia can apply for one of the following works and residence permits:

  • permits for completing specific activities which are issued for sportsmen, doctors and government officials;
  • temporary residence permits for those interested in living in Estonia for short periods of time (below 5 years);
  • permanent residence visas which will be granted to those living in Estonia for more than 5 years;
  • investor residence permits – there are several types of such permits which can be issued to entrepreneurs;
  • e-residency which is issued for those interested in starting a business Estonia remotely.

Work permits in Estonia                                                                                              

Citizens of the EU do not need a separate permit to work in Estonia, unlike third world country members that can work in Estonia only if they have a residence permit.

In Estonia, foreigners who stay or arrive in Estonia based on a visa or on a visa-free basis can apply for a short-term employment that cannot last more than six months a year. This application is done by the employer. People who are in Estonia based on a residence permit are not allowed to be registered for short-term employment in Estonia, but they can apply for a work permit or a residence permit employment.

Documents required for work permit in Estonia:

Obtaining a work permit in Estonia implies securing employment within a local company. In the case of EU citizens, there is no need for a work permit, however, non-EU and non-EEA citizens will be required to submit the following documents prior to their arrival in Estonia:

  • the valid ID and passport of the applicant
  • copy of the employment contract and an invitation from the employer
  • proof of residential address in Estonia
  • the permission issued by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund

other documents such as recent photographs and application forms, depending on the country of origin of the applicant.

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