The issue of residence permits to the third country nationals and persons with undetermined citizenship is regulated by the Aliens Act.
Residence permit may be temporary (validity period up to five years) or long-term.
Timely allocation of the immigration quota for 2013 within the year:
- for the period of 01.01.2013–30.06.2013 the limit is 500 residence permits
- for the period of 01.07.2013–31.12.2013 the limit is 500 residence permits.
Upon the issue or extension of the residence permit an alien is issued a residence card. Residence card contains its holder’s personal data, data related to residence and work permits, photo and fingerprint images.
By applying for a residence permit fingerprints are captured from applicants as of 6 years of age. In order to capture fingerprints, an applicant has to apply in person to the Service Office of a Prefecture of the Police and Border Guard Board or to foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia. Fingerprints are not taken, if a person is less than 6 years of age, less than 2 years have passed from capturing fingerprints by applying for a travel document, residence permit/right of residence or residence permit card, or if permanent incapability of a person to give fingerprints has been established in advance.