Right of Permanent Residence and Long-Term Residence Permit in Estonia

After living in Estonia for 5 years, you will be eligible to apply for either right of permanent residence (as an EU/EEA-citizen) or for a long-term residence permit (as a non EU/EEA-citizen).

EU/EEA citizens

You can register the right of permanent residence if you have lived in Estonia for 5 successive years based on the right of temporary residence. There are a few exceptions when you can do it earlier.

For registering the right of permanent residence, go to a Police and Border Guard Board office or mail them the necessary documents.

You need to submit:

In case of registration of the right of permanent residence on the basis of an exception (so, prior to having lived in Estonia for 5 years), you’ll also need to submit the following:

The registration of or refusal to register the right of permanent residence is decided within 1 month from acceptance of the application.

More information is available on the website of the Police and Border Guard Board.

 

 

Non-EU/EEA citizens

You can apply for a long-term residence permit if you have resided in Estonia for 5 years on the basis of temporary residence permit directly before submitting an application for long-term residence permit.

Please note: your time spent studying in Estonia will be counted toward your total with a 0.5 coefficient. (For example: 4 years of studies will count for 2 years of residence in this case.)

To apply for the long-term residence permit, you must also:

You should submit your application in person at a Police and Border Guard Board service office or, if less than two years have passed since you last applied for a document and submitted your fingerprints, you can also submit it via e-mail.

The application for long-term residence permit is recommended to be submitted at least 2 months before the valid temporary residence permit expires.

You need to submit: 

Additional documents are required for children and family members.

The granting or refusal of the long-term residence permit is decided within 3 months from your application submission but not later than 10 days before the expiry of your temporary residence permit.

After obtaining the long-term residence permit, your residence card is issued to you in person within 30 days.

Since 2016 those wishing to settle in Estonia permanently can also apply for a long-term temporary residence permit created to make settling and fulfilling the required criteria for permanent residence permit easier.

A residence permit for settling permanently in Estonia

You can apply for the residence permit for settling permanently in Estonia, if:

It is possible to apply for the residence permit for settling permanently in Estonia in foreign representation of Estonia or at the Police and Border Guard Board service office – both in person.

Documents required for the residence permit for settling permanently in Estonia:

The granting or refusal of a residence permit is decided within 2 months as of the acceptance of your application.

More information is available on the website of the Police and Border Guard Board.

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