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Temporary Residence Permit

You can apply for a temporary residence permit for employment to work for a locally registered employer. If you come to Estonia to do research, an institution entered into the register of research and development organisations must be involved.

Information required for the application of the residence permit and the minimum salary criterion vary depending on your qualification.

See here Police and Border Guard Board’s website for more detailed information.

In most cases you have to apply for the permit in person at an Estonian representation abroad. When your short-term employment has been registered in prior, you can also apply for the permit at the Police and Border Guard Board.

Once your residency permit for employment is granted, you’ll receive a temporary residence card within 30 days after submitting the application document. (The application process of the residency permit for employment may last up to 2 months from the acceptance of the application.)


You’ll need the following when applying for a residence permit for work:

Instructions for filling out the forms can be found here.

More detailed information on other types of temporary residence permits, exceptions, and requirements can be found here.


Contact information

Find your closest Estonian representation that handles the residence permit applications.

Find a service office of the Police and Border Guard Board.