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Important information for the applicant of the temporary residence permit for employment
12/20/2014

With the consent of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and by fulfilling the salary criterion

You can apply for a residence permit for employment with the consent of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and by fulfilling the salary criterion, if:

  • the vacant position cannot be filled by employing an Estonian citizen or a citizen of the European Union or an alien residing in Estonia on the basis of a residence permit who meets the requirements for qualifications and professional skills for such position, and filling of the vacant position by employing an alien is justified considering the situation in the labour market and based on the data provided by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund;
  • you have the qualifications, education, health, work experience, special skills and knowledge required for the job.


The Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund has to give its consent before you can be employed, the consent is valid for 6 months from the moment of its issue.

Your wages must ensure your subsistence in Estonia. An employer is obligated to pay to you a salary which is at least equal to the product of the recent average yearly wages in Estonia published by the Statistical Office of Estonia and the coefficient 1,24.

The requirement of the consent of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund is not applicable in case of extension of a temporary residence permit for employment.

 

Without the consent of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and not fulfilling the salary criterion

You can apply for a residence permit for employment without the consent of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and not fulfilling the salary criterion, if:

  • you are a clergyman, nun or monk invited by religious associations in concordance with the Ministry of Internal Affairs;
  • you are holding a long-term residence permit of the EU Member State;
  • you are a journalist accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • you have the right, proceeding from international agreement, for employment in Estonia without a special work permit;
  • you have the right, proceeding from international agreement, to work in Estonia without a work permit;
  • you apply for a residence permit for employment as a teacher or member of academic staff in an educational institution of Estonia;
  • you apply for a residence permit for work in a performing arts institution as a person engaged in creative activities;
  • you apply for a residence permit for carrying out professional activities as a sportsman, coach, referee or sports official;
  • you are a posted worker in the meaning of the Working conditions of workers posted in Estonia Act.
  • if you apply for a residence permit for employment for the purpose to perform managerial or supervisory functions of a legal person registered in Estonia, which is governed by public law;
  • you have acquired higher education in Estonia in Bachelor's, Master's or Doctor's degree studies.

 

The company must be registered in Estonia and the granting of residence permit must be in conformity with the purpose of granting temporary residence permit for employment. The requirement for permission of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and the salary criteria (i.e. fixed rate salary) are not applicable. The salary of an alien must be sufficient for his or her subsistence in Estonia.

 

On the basis of the European Union (EU) blue card

The EU blue card is a residence permit for employment, which is granted to an alien for residence in Estonia and for employment on a position or job which requires higher qualification.

Higher professional qualification, which is required for applying for the EU blue card, is the necessary qualification, the nominal time of study for obtaining of which is at least three years and which is evidenced by a document certifying higher education, or at least five years of working experience.

A job requesting high qualification is a job the necessary knowledge and experience for performance of which is evidenced by higher professional qualification.

Assessment of documents evidencing higher professional qualification for employment:

  • for settling to work on a regulated position - coordinates the Ministry of Education and Research according to the Acknowledgement of Foreign State Professional Qualification Act;
  • for settling to work on an unregulated position or profession - an assessment is made by a structural unit Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre of the foundation Archimedes (Academic Recognition Information Centre).


The documents enclosed by an alien with the application for the EL blue card, which are required for evidencing higher professional qualification, shall be assessed by the Police and Border Guard Board.

Compatibility of the qualification of an alien to the requirements shall be assessed prior the submission of an application for the EU blue card by an alien.

An EU blue card can be granted to an alien only for employment on such a job, which requires higher professional qualification.

Before submission of an application for the residence permit, an employer shall enter with an alien into an employment contract with at least one year validity period, or shall make an employment proposal by which the employer expresses his/her will to be legally bound with the employment contract and takes the obligation to employ the alien for at least one year period on the position requiring higher qualification, which is determined in the contract entered into or in the employment proposal made.

During the validity period of the EU blue card, an employer is obligated to pay to the alien the salary, the amount of which is at least equal to the multiplication product of the Estonian annual average gross monthly salary, as last Publisher by the Statistical Office, and the coefficient 1,5.

An employer is obligated, during the validity period of the EU blue card, to pay to the alien the salary, the amount of which is at least equal to the multiplication product of the Estonian annual average gross monthly salary, as last Publisher by the Statistical Office, and the coefficient 1,24, in the following occasions:

  • employment as a top specialist or a junior administrator;
  • employment as a top specialist in natural or technical science;
  • employment as a top specialist in health service;
  • employment as a specialist in pedagogics;
  • employment as a specialist in business or administration;
  • employment as a specialist in information or communication, or
  • employment as a specialist in legal, cultural or social sphere.


In case if an alien is residing in Estonia on the basis of the EU blue card and wishes during the first two years of the validity period of the EU blue card to terminate the employment with the employer, for employment with whom the EU blue card was issued to the alien, and to start employment with another employer, then such other employer shall need a consent of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund for employing the alien (except if an alien has been residing in Estonia on the basis of the EU blue card continuously for at least two years and he/she holds a valid EU blue card, then he/she can start employment with another employer and terminate employment with the present employer, then the consent of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund is not required).

During the validity period of the EU blue card an alien can be unemployed once with the duration of up to three months.

 

Employment as a top specialist   

Residence permit for employment as a top specialist can be granted without applying the requirement for the permission of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, if an alien has appropriate professional training or experience for employment in such sphere. Top specialist is an alien with appropriate professional training or experience in any sphere, to whom an Estonian registered employer shall pay for professional work a salary that is at least equal to the latest annual average wages in Estonia published by Statistics Estonia, multiplied by the coefficient 2. 

Residence permit for employment as a top specialist can be granted to an alien, provided that the company where an alien shall be employed has been registered in Estonia at least 12 months and the company complies with at least one of the following requirements:

  • the company is required to have the capital in the amount of at least 65,000 euros, which is invested in business activity in Estonia;
  • the sales revenue of the company shall be at least 200,000 euros per year;
  • the social tax paid in Estonia monthly for the persons employed by the company shall be at least equal with the social tax paid in Estonia monthly on the remuneration equalling fivefold  Estonian annual average  gross wages.


Residence permit for employment as a top specialist can be granted to an alien, provided that the company where an alien shall be employed has been registered in Estonia less than 12 months and it shall start its activities by support of the state or private investment, having received an investment or loan from the state or from a private fund holder with the activity licence issued by the Financial Inspectorate, or a support from a national promotional measures.

 

For scientific research without the consent of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and not fulfilling the salary criterion

Temporary residence permit for working as a scientist is granted, if an alien has relevant professional training or experience and if the scientific and development activities of a science and development institution acknowledged by the Ministry of Education and Science has been positively evolved at least in one sphere and a hosting agreement for scientific or research work has been concluded between the alien and the science and development institution.

A research and development institution must conclude a hosting agreement with a scientist after it has independently checked that:

  • the alien has a permanent legal income for subsistence in Estonia;
  • the alien has an appropriate insurance policy guaranteeing that any costs related to his or her medical treatment as a result of illness or injury during the period of validity of the residence permit applied for will be met to the extent equal with persons covered with health insurance;
  • there are appropriate financial means for the research and development under question.


A hosting agreement must include the following:

  • the name and qualification of the alien;
  • the name, registration code and location of the hosting institution and the name of the contact person;
  • the duration and sources of financing of the research or development.


If the above listed data is stated in the employment contract of an alien, then a copy of such employment contract may be submitted instead of the hosting agreement.

 

At a foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia

When addressing a foreign representation, please bring along all the requested documents for application. At the foreign representation the fingerprints shall be captured from the applicant.

 

As an exception

As an exception you can submit an application at a Service Office, if the applicant is:

  • an alien, whose temporary employment in Estonia has been registered;
  • an alien, who is applying for residence permit for employment as a teacher or lector;
  • an alien, who is applying for residence permit for scientific research;
  • an alien, who is applying for residence permit for employment as top specialist;
  • an alien, who is staying in Estonia on the basis of temporary residence permit;
  • an alien holding a long-term residence permit of another Member State of the EU, who is applying for temporary residence permit for employment;
  • a citizen of a foreign state, with whom Estonia has entered into an agreement of visa-free travel or the visa requirement has been waived from (info www.vm.ee);
  • a citizen of the United States of America or Japan;
  • an alien who is staying in Estonia on legal basis and is applying for a EU blue card;
  • an alien holding a EU blue card issued by another European Union Member State, who is applying for a EU blue card in Estonia.
  • an alien applying for a residence permit for employment for the purpose to perform managerial or supervisory functions of a legal person registered in Estonia, which is governed by private law, who has fulfilled the following requirements:
  • the company has been registered in Estonia at least 4 months prior the submission of an application for residence permit;
  • the company has conducted business activities in Estonia at least during the last 4 months;
  • the person is staying in Estonia legally on the basis of visa-free stay or visa in connection with the activities of the company.



In internal applying for residence permit on the basis of a motivated proposition of a member of the Government of the Republic
The Police and Border Guard Board shall decide on granting a right to submit an internal application for temporary residence permit to a person, whose settling to reside in Estonia serves the public interests according to the motivated proposition of a member of the Government of the Republic.  For that purpose such alien must address in person, and taking along the motivated proposition of a member of the Government of the Republic, a Service Office of the Citizenship and Migration Bureau of the Police and Border Guard Board.

 

Colour photo of 40x50 mm


Requirements to a photo
It must be possible to identify a person on the basis of a photo univocally.

  • A person must be depicted at a photo:
    • en face,
    • having neutral expression and closed mouth,
    • without headgear,
    • with eyes open and look has to be directed towards camera lens.
  • It has to be a colour photo, by size of 40 x 50 mm.
  • Area between chin and top of head must form 70-80% of the vertical height of the photo.
  • Glasses are allowed, if eyes are not covered by spectacle frames and there are no “gleams of light” from reflection of glasses.
  • Photo has to be taken within 6 months before submitting an application. 
  • Hair may not cover face nor cause shades on face. 
  • Photo may not have fingerprints, scratches or any other defects on it. 
  • Colour gamma of the photo must have natural spectre (may not be overexposed nor underexposed).
  • Background of the photo must be flat, mono-colour, of bright colour (commendatory colours are light blue, beige, light brown, light grey or white) and in contrast with colour of face and hair.  
  • Red-eye effect on the photo is not allowed are also its removal by means of the software is forbidden.


More detailed requirements set to the photo can be found in Government of the Republic of Estonia regulation.

Proportions of the taken photos can be compared by means of a template that can be found here. By printing of the template, we ask not to change the scale.

The document photo can be taken in the majority of Service Offices with the exception of Otepää and Elva.

Photo taken in a photo booth is digital and it can be used in all Service Offices, by applications sent by post or by e-mail within 14 days.

Photo can be taken in photo booth of the Service Office free of charge.

By applying for a document for a child being below the age of three years it is easier to take a photo by a photographer than in photo booth. If necessary, ask for additional information or assistance from customer service official.

 

State fee

The state fee can be paid:

  • by bank transfer;
  • in Service Offices by debit card (the holder of a debit card has to pay the bank's service charges. More precise information about bank service charges please contact your bank) or in cash;
  • at a representation - for detailed information, whether the payment can be made either in cash or by bank card, you can get in your particular representation.
Temporary residence permit
In Estonia In Estonian representation Payment of the state fee
Temporary residence permit 63,91  €  
65 € By bank transfer:

Recipient: Rahandusministeerium (Ministry of Finance)

Recipient’s accounts:

SWEDBANK EE932200221023778606
SEB PANK EE891010220034796011
DANSKE BANK EE403300333416110002
NORDEA BANK EE701700017001577198

Reference number: 2900081994

Please indicate the name of the act, the name and personal identification code (if available) of the person for whom the payment was made
(e.g.: residence permit - Meeri Meri, 40302010000)
Extension of a temporary residence permit 63.91  € 
Cannot be applied in Estonian representation
Temporary residence permit for an alien under one year of age 23.96  € 25 €
Extension of a temporary residence permit:
  • for an alien under 15 years of age;
  • for a person who has attained Estonian general pensionable age.
23.96  € Cannot be applied in Estonian representation
To settle with spouse who is an Estonian citizen or with a close relative who is an Estonian citizen 30.67  €     35 €
Extension of a temporary residence permit for settling with spouse who is an Estonian citizen or with a close relative who is an Estonian citizen 30.67  € Cannot be applied in Estonian representation
Temporary residence permit for employment
95.86  € 100 €
Extension of a temporary residence permit for employment 95.86  € Cannot be applied in Estonian representation
Temporary residence permit for business
159.77 € 160 €
Extension of a temporary residence permit for business 159.77 € Cannot be applied in Estonian representation


Payment by bank transfer from a bank located in a foreign country

When the state fee is paid from a bank located in a foreign state, then the receipt of the transferred sum on the recipient’s account may take 2 weeks. While effecting payment of the state fee from a bank located in a foreign country, it is necessary to know, in addition to the abovementioned, also BIC-code or SWIFT-code of the bank located in Estonia.

  • The BIC i.e. SWIFT code of the SEB is EEUHEE2X.
  • The BIC i.e. SWIFT code of the Swedbank is HABAEE2X.
  • The BIC i.e. SWIFT code of the Danske Bank in Estonia is FOREEE2X
  • The BIC i.e. SWIFT code of the Nordea Bank Finland is NDEAEE2X

 

Address:

  • SEB Pank AS: Tornimäe 2 Tallinn 15010 Estonia
  • Swedbank: Liivalaia 8 Tallinn 15040 Estonia
  • Danske Bank A/S Eesti filiaal: Narva mnt 11 Tallinn 15015 Estonia
  • Nordea Bank Finland Plc Eesti filiaal: Liivalaia 45 Tallinn 10145 Estonia

 

By post

Please send the documents requested for applying and the copies of original documents to the address:

APPLICATION
Police and Border Guard Administration
Pärnu mnt 139
15060 Tallinn

More detailed requirements to documents enclosed to the application form can be found here. Please certify the authenticity of the copy with the original document by your name, signature and date on each page of the copy which carries any data.

 

By e-mail

You can apply for extension of residence permit by e-mail, if less than two years have from the last application for residence permit and capturing of fingerprints, provided that You are holding a valid residence card.

Sign all documents required for application digitally in one container. Digital colour photo (minimum size is 480х600 pixels) and specimen signature must be in .jpg format.

Send the signed container to an address teenindus@politsei.ee. The subject of an e-mail, please write: „ELAMISLOA PIKENDAMISE TAOTLUS“.

Instructions for saving and digital signing of the questionnaire.

 

Employer’s obligations

Salary criterion:

  • An employer shall pay an alien a salary that is at least equal to the latest annual average wages in Estonia published by Statistics Estonia, multiplied by the coefficient 1,24.
  • An employer is generally required to pay to an EU Blue Card applicant a salary that is at least equal to the latest annual average wages in Estonia published by Statistics Estonia, multiplied by the coefficient 1,5.
  • An employer shall pay to a top specialist a salary that is at least equal to the latest annual average wages in Estonia published by Statistics Estonia, multiplied by the coefficient 2.

The amount of the remuneration to be paid to an alien shall be in compliance with the data last published by Statistics Estonia, valid at the moment of commencement of proceedings of an application for a temporary residence permit, this shall be adjusted upon the extension of the temporary residence or application for a new temporary residence permit.

Time of acceptance of
application for proceeding

Rate of salary criterion
1,24 1,5 2
17.06.2011-16.06.2012 982 1188 -
17.06.2012- 16.06.2013 1040 1258 -
17.06.2013- 16.06.2014 1100 1330 1774
17.06.2014- 16.06.2015  1177 1424 1898


In the case, if the residence permit shall be issued without the compliance with the salary criterion, then the salary of an alien must be sufficient for his or her subsistence in Estonia.

Obligation of notification:

An employer is obligated to give notice about the following:

  • An employer is obligated to notify the Police and Border Guard Board in writing within one week about the commencement of work by an alien, the failure of an alien to set to work, the amendments to the conditions determined in temporary residence permit for employment, the termination of the contract which is a basis for employment relation ahead of time and the actual termination of employment of an alien;
  • A science and development institution is obligated to give immediate notice to the Police and Border Guard Board about the termination of a hosting agreement entered into with an alien.

 

 

Conditions for being employed by several employers

An alien, who has been granted residence permit for employment, can be employed by several employers at the same time, on condition that employment shall be continued on the conditions determined in the residence permit.

In the case if an alien who holds a residence permit for employment shall commence employment with another employer, then the commencement of employment and the employment with the other employer shall be subjected to the permission of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and the salary criterion, if such requirements would be prescribed for granting residence permit for employment on relevant conditions.   

In the case if an alien holds a residence permit for employment and the employer, with whom the alien is permitted to work according to the residence permit for employment, is obligated to pay to the alien remuneration based on the salary criterion, then other employers have no obligation to pay the named remuneration even in the case if such payment would be a requirement for granting residence permit for employment. Thus, the obligation to pay remuneration within the salary criterion lies as a maximum with one employer.

Prior commencement of work with another employer You must notify in written form the Police and Border Guard Board about such fact. You have no obligation of notifying, if You hold a residence permit for employment which has been granted on the basis of section 181 subsection 1 clauses 1-8 of the Aliens Act.
 
In the case, if you terminate your employment on the conditions determined in the residence permit and you wish to be employed by another employer, then you must previously apply for new residence permit for employment.