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Relocating if You and Your Family are Non-EU Citizens

Long-term stay

      1. ACCESS TO ESTONIA.Children under the age of 18 can apply for a residence permit together with their parents. Their permit will be granted for the same period as yours. Your spouse can either apply for a residence permit at the same time with you or after you have lived here for 2 years (it depends on the type of your residence permit). Read more.
      2. FIND A HOME. Find a home and sign a tenancy agreement with your landlord. The best websites for property search are and Additional information about rental agreements can be found here and here.
      3. REGISTER YOUR PLACE OF RESIDENCE.After receiving the residence permit, you can register the place of residence of all your family members at your local government service office. The registration data will be submitted into the Estonian Population Register. Read more.
      4. GET AN ID CARD. When you have registered your place of residence, apply for an Estonian ID card at the Police and Border Guard Board. Your ID card will become the document stating your right of residence. Read more.
      5. FIND A SCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN. Contact your local municipality to get more information on school / kindergarten places available. For example, if living in Tallinn, you can contact Tallinn City Education Department. You can see a map of general education schools on the web page of the Ministry of Education and Research.
      6. GET ESTONIAN HEALTH INSURANCE. When your employer pays at least the minimum amount of social security contributions, you’ll get the right for social security coverage. After registering your place of residence and the fact of employment with the Employment Register, health insurance by Estonian Health Insurance Fund starts covering your family members as well (if they are eligible). Read more.
      7. FIND A DOCTOR. Register at a GP’s office. You should submit a  application for each family member to the specific clinic where you want to register. Read more.
      8. PARTICIPATE IN THE WELCOMING PROGRAM.After you obtain the right of residence, the Police and Border Guard office will inform your family members (if they are also non-Estonian nationals and have lived in Estonia for less than five years) about the Welcoming program. You can find all the information on the program on the website. Read more.
      9. APPLY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES THAT YOU NEED OR ARE ENTITLED TO. After receiving your residence permit and moving to Estonia with your family, you are entitled to child and family support and benefits provided by the Estonian Social Insurance Board. Read more from the Social Care section.
      10. LOOK FOR A JOB. Should your spouse be looking for a job, he or she can use one of these options. If needed, he or she can register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund to get additional support with the job search or trainings.


Short-term stay

      1. ACCESS TO ESTONIA. Your family can also apply for a D-visa to accompany you when you’re going to work in Estonia for a short-term. Read more.
      2. HEALTH CARE. Your family has to be covered by a private insurance provider during the entire stay. The companies that currently provide this kind of insurance in Estonia are: Inges Kindlustus, ERGO Life Insurance SE Eesti, and Salva Kindlustus.