Register short-term working

Your employer should register your short-term work engagement with the Police and Border Guard Board. This can be done in person or through a validated representative at the board’s service offices, by mail or email.

Your employer will register your short-term employment in Estonia and as a result you will receive your Estonian ID-code (takes up to 15 working days). Your Estonian employer will take care of this step, but because it’s a crucial one, we’ll give you a short overview so you know what’s happening.

This is a simple online registration that’s usually done before you travel to Estonia. It will allow you to start working without a residence permit when you have legal grounds (i.e. a visa or visa freedom) to stay in Estonia. For your employer to do this, you need to give them a copy of your passport, a photo, and some personal details. It is possible to register short-term employment for up to 365 days within 455 day period.
The registration can be done either in an expedited way (if you are a teacher or a lecturer, a scientist or a top specialist) or as the ordinary procedure. The expedited way means you will be registered within one business day, the ordinary registration confirmation will be given within 15 working days.

More information about the necessary documents, application forms and the salary criteria is available on the website of the Police and Border Guard Board.

Have questions? Book a free consultation at International House of Estonia

International House of Estonia provides free personal consultations for foreigners, their families and local employers about settling in, documentation, healthcare, language programs etc. Located in Valukoja 8, Tallinn.

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