In Estonia, a residence permit can be issued for a period of 1 to 5 years. The resident status can be granted under the following conditions:
Assistance in Residence Permit
According to the official data of the Police and Border Guard Board, over a period of five years from the beginning of 2015 to the end of 2019, only 313 investors have received an Estonian temporary residence permit for entrepreneurial activity, and 8111 persons – under an employment contract. Family members of a business person who has a residence permit are also entitled to obtain a residence permit in Estonia. To date, Estonia is the most favourable Baltic state to obtain a residence permit.
|Family migration (joining a spouse and close relatives, total)||1,195||1,233||1,184||1,661||2,272|
|Residence permit for studying||1,009||1,160||1,211||1,267||1,330|
|Residence permit for entrepreneurship||23||16||53||87||134|
|Family members of EU citizens||36||35||42||57||82|
|Total first-time residence permits||3,513||3,780||3,995||4,912||5,984|
Residence permit for work
- You can apply for a residence permit for employment if your monthly salary for the last 5 months was at least
1,407 EUR gross (1,162 EUR net)
Residence permit for business activity
- You can apply for a residence permit to conduct business activity if you are acting as a sole entrepreneur (FIE) and have invested at least 16,000 EUR in business activity in Estonia.
- You can apply for a residence permit for business if you are an owner and Board member of an Estonian company and have invested at least 65,000 EUR in the company’s activity. The amount of registered fixed assets can be regarded as an investment.
Personal funds of the founder contributed to the activities and development of an Estonian company can be considered investments. Before applying for a residence permit, the company shall operate in Estonia for at least 4 months, and a business plan shall be presented.
Company in Estonia OÜ is pleased to support you in registering your business in Estonia. We offer the following services: drawing up a business plan, assisting in renting and buying residential and commercial real estate, assisting in searching for clients, recruiting staff, and advertising.
Residence permit application
An application for a temporary residence permit will be considered within 2 months from the date of acceptance. A residence permit can be granted for a period of up to 5 years. From the date of positive decision, it will take one month to produce a plastic residence card. An applicant is required to have a registered residence address in Estonia. If you are interested in getting an Estonian residence permit, please contact us in any way convenient to you, and we will answer any of your questions.
It is important to note that the e-Residency card does not grant permission for residence in Estonia and entering the country. The e-Residency card gives the opportunity to use a digital signature and access government internet portals.
Overview of ground points
Obtaining a residence permit in Estonia is a responsible process that requires professionalism and a competent approach. Our experts are ready to start developing a step-by-step plan to help you become an Estonian resident based on your business in Estonia. In our work, we carefully consider the case of each individual applicant and guarantee an individual approach to each client.
Please note that Company in Estonia OÜ provides assistance in obtaining a residence permit only for business immigration to Estonia!
First of all, it should be clear that a prerequisite condition for applying for a residence permit is that the applicant has a company entered in the Estonian Commercial Register. Your business must be connected to Estonia in order to apply for a residence permit. If you do not have your own business yet, we offer the service of registering a company in Estonia and the subsequent development of your business in Estonia to obtain a residence permit.
The Estonian Residence Permit Program for Businessmen exists to facilitate the entrepreneurial activities of foreigners in Estonia. You can apply for a residence permit for business:
1. By entrepreneurial activity:
- As a natural person (FIE) who has invested at least 16,000 EUR in Estonian business.
- As a shareholder/owner/member of the Management Board of an Estonian company (OÜ) who has invested at least 65,000 EUR in the development of their Estonian company.
IMPORTANT! Investments are funds spent on the activities and development of an Estonian company. When applying for a residence permit, it is necessary to submit a business plan, which reflects all funds invested in the development of an Estonian company, supported by invoices and contracts.
2. As an employee in your own company:
- You can apply for a residence permit for work if your monthly salary in your own company for the last 5 months was at least 1,407 EUR gross (1,162 EUR net).
Company in Estonia OÜ emphasises that we specialise in business immigration exclusively by establishing a company in Estonia. However, despite this, it is worth mentioning another type of obtaining a residence permit for entrepreneurial activity in Estonia:
3. As a major investor:
- Having invested in an Estonian company at least 1,000,000 EUR. More information on the page of the Police and Border Guard Board.
Company in Estonia OÜ will help its clients in obtaining a residence permit by establishing a company in Estonia and by developing a business in Estonia, as this method guarantees a high probability of obtaining a residence permit in Estonia for entrepreneurial activities.
After obtaining a residence permit, a non-resident of Estonia will be able to apply for Estonian citizenship, subject to legal income in Estonia and knowledge of the state language at the B1 level.