Since 1 January amendments to the Aliens Act will come into force that are to make settling in Estonia easier for foreign specialists and highly qualified people looking for long-term self-fulfillment in Estonia.
“Amendments to the Aliens Act that come into force in the next
year continue the changes already introduced two years ago,”
says the Minister of the Interior Mr. Hanno Pevkur. “We welcome
foreigners who are ready to contribute to the development of
Estonia. The changes will make it easier for foreigners coming
to Estonia to deal with necessary documents and will ensure
better self-fulfillment conditions”.
Since January a foreigner who comes to work to Estonia is able
to simultaneously work for several employers upon the condition
that work-related provisions set out in the residence permit
are complied with. In order to commence work with another
employer a permission of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance
Fund, payment of the salary in the amount set out in the law
and notification are no longer required.
Approval of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund required
to apply for a residence permit for working in Estonia is no
longer personalized. It means that the Estonian Unemployment
Insurance Fund may provide to a company an approval to fill one
or several workplaces with foreigners, where employees with
respective skills and qualifications cannot be found in
Estonia. At the same time there is an option for foreigners
staying in Estonia on a short-term basis or on the basis of a
temporary residence permit to work as temporary (rent) workers.
According to the changes, Estonian employers have the
opportunity to hire foreigners though recruitment
In order to provide for a more flexible extension of Estonian
residence a 90-day transitional period is provided after the
expiration of a residence permit (183-day period with regard to
foreign students graduated from Estonian universities and
researchers/professors). During this time period a foreigner
may stay in Estonia and apply for a residence permit on a new
basis – be it a residence permit for establishing one’s own
business, working or further studies.
Since 2016 it will be possible to apply for a new temporary
residence permit (i.e. a permit for permanent residence in
Estonia). It can be issued to a foreigner for a period of up to
five years, and its aim is to make it easier for people who
have adapted to life in Estonia and received a residence permit
to continue living, working, studying and doing business in
As of today 23,787 foreigners possess temporary Estonian
residence permits. Majority of them are citizens of the Russian
Federation and Ukraine, followed by people with no citizenship
and citizens of the United States of America.