The state fee can be paid:
- by bank transfer
- in Service Offices the state fee can be paid in cash, by bankcard or by bank transfer through online bank, using the client computer at the Service Office. All most common debit and credit cards are accepted. American Express payment cards are not accepted
- 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||64 €
||80 €||By bank transfer:
Recipient: Rahandusministeerium (Ministry of Finance)
SEB PANK EE891010220034796011
DANSKE BANK EE403300333416110002
NORDEA BANK EE701700017001577198
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||64 €
||Cannot be applied in Estonian representation|
|Temporary residence permit for an alien under one year of age||24 €||25 €|
|Extension of a temporary residence permit:
||24 €||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||31 €
|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||31 €||Cannot be applied in Estonian representation|
|Temporary residence permit for employment
||96 €||120 €|
|Extension of a temporary residence permit for employment||96 €||Cannot be applied in Estonian representation|
|Temporary residence permit for business
||160 €||180 €|
|Extension of a temporary residence permit for business||160 €||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 is NDEAEE2X
- 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 AB Eesti filiaal: Liivalaia 45 Tallinn 10145 Estonia
Document annexed to an application that is issued in a foreign country has to be translated into Estonian, English or Russian and notarised certification of the translation is required.
The document needs to be certified with an apostille certificate (marginal note) or legalised, excl. in cases, if it has been issued by a country:
- with which Estonia has signed a contract of legal assistance: Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia
- who are subjects to the Convention on the issue of multilingual extracts from civil status records, signed at Vienna in 1976: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Spain, the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, France, Germany, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey
- who are subjects to the Brussels 1987 Convention and who are temporary applying the Brussels Convention: Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, France, Denmark
Additional information can be found at home page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On 1st of July 2012 entered into force an agreement on cancellation of the legalization requirement of population register documents of Estonia and Finland, which significantly simplifies for people to manage their public businesses in both countries. Pursuant to the agreement the statements of population register, which are made in English language, shall be mutually recognized without any additional certificate (apostille) or translation.
The agreement specifies the list of documents which will be mutually released from apostille. On the part of Estonia such documents are statements of the population register in English language (certificates for birth, death, marriage, change of name, divorce, certificate on ability to get married and statement with selective data). On the part of Finland such documents are the statement of the population register (with selective data), certificate by church and certificate on ability to get married.
From now on, for a citizen of Estonia and for a citizen of Finland who is residing in Estonia the best way is to apply in a local municipality for an English language statement of Estonian population register with all the requested data. The statement of the population register is free of charge. For evidencing a certain event, it is possible, when required, to ask from a county government the English language certificate of such event, which shall be issued against state fee payment pursuant to the State Fees Act (for certificate of birth, death, marriage and divorce the state fee is 3,19 Euros, for certificate on ability to get married 1,59 Euros and for a statement of decision on change of name 3,19 Euros).
This named agreement is not applicable to vital statistics documents which have been issued before 1.07.2010 and to the statements issued in Estonian and Finnish languages.
The full text of the agreement is provided in the State Gazette Riigi Teataja.
Start-up company – a company starting its activities aiming at developing and launching a business model that is with such a great global growth potential, innovative and reproducible that it shall make a substantial contribution to Estonia’s business environment.
For employment at a start-up, the start-up must have been previously evaluated by the expert committee, unless a specification applies.
Start-ups are evaluated by the expert committee at the Ministry of the Interior. Before submitting the application to the Police and Border Guard Board, an application for the evaluation of the start-up must be provided to the expert committee. The expert committee gives their opinion whether it is a start-up within 10 working days following the receipt of all the required information and evidence from the applicant. Conditions and procedures for the evaluation of compliance with the definition of start-ups, the list of data and evidence to be submitted and requirements for the submission are established by a regulation of the Minister of the Interior.
Here you can submit an application for the evaluation of a start-up to the expert committee.
Specifications in case the evaluation of the expert committee is not required:
- start-up company is pointed out in the directive of the Minister of the Interior as a start-up company that meets the conditions of the Aliens Act. A list can be found from here
- the expert committee has already given an assessment to the start-up over the last five years. However, if needed, the Police and Border Guard Board may demand in the course of the procedure that the start-up request a new evaluation from the expert committee.
Temporary residence permit granted to a major investor for enterprise is a residence permit for enterprise, the purpose of which is to encourage investments in such business activities in Estonia, which are in public interest and shall significantly contribute to the development of the Estonian economy.
Major investor is an alien who has made a direct investment of at least 1,000,000 euros in a company entered into the commercial register of Estonia that invests mostly into the Estonian economy, or an investment in an investment fund, according to the investment policy of which the instruments of the fund are invested mainly in the companies entered into the commercial register of Estonia.
The investment must be permanent during the period of validity of the residence permit. Investment is permanent in case the investment does not decrease during the period of validity of the residence permit, except for the causes attributable to the fluctuation of the market price of the investment.
A company or an investment fund in which the initial investment was made as a condition of issue of the residence permit, may be changed during the period of validity of the residence permit provided that the company would invest mostly into the Estonian economy or into an investment fund according to the investment policy of which the instruments of the fund are invested mainly in the companies entered into the commercial register of Estonia.
Major investor is not required to have an actual place of residence is Estonia and he or she has no obligation to register his or her place of residence in Population Register.
Requirement for legal income is twice the subsistence level in Estonia for every month of stay in Estonia, depending on the size of the family. In 2017, the subsistence level is 130 euros per month; therefore, requirement for legal income is at least 260 euros per month.
Upon application of a residence permit for start-up enterprise, requirement for legal income is a single subsistence level in Estonia for every month of stay in Estonia, depending on the size of the family. In 2017, the subsistence level is 130 euros per month.
Legal income are deemed to be:
- lawfully earned remuneration for work
- income received from lawful business activities or property
- maintenance support
- parental benefits
- unemployment insurance benefits
- benefits paid by a foreign state
- subsistence ensured by family members earning legal income.
Subsistence ensured by family members are deemed to be:
- maintenance of an under-aged child (of under 18 years of age) by parent
- maintenance of an adult child by a parent, if the child is unable to maintain independently due to state of health or disability
- maintenance of an adult child by a parent, if the child is studying full time
- maintenance by a spouse
- maintenance of a parent or grandparent by an adult child, if the parent or grandparent is unable to cope independently due to state of health or disability
- maintenance of a person under guardianship by the guardian.
An alien applying for a residence permit or residing in Estonia, who is not covered by compulsory health insurance pursuant to the Health Insurance Act, is obligated to enter into a compulsory health insurance contract (hereinafter a contract) corresponding to the following terms and valid in Estonia during the whole validity period of the residence permit:
- an insured event is an unexpected and unforeseeable illness or accident occurred with the alien insured according to the contract (hereinafter the insured person) during the insurance period
- an insurer is required to reimburse to an insured person, within the extent of the sum insured, the necessary medical costs due to the illness or accident and the costs of studies being done for establishing the insured event and the determination of the treatment
- the insurance coverage for the insurance period of one year is at least 6000 euros
- in case the parties have agreed on the waiting period in the meaning of subsection 558 (1) of the Law of Obligations Act, this may not be longer than two months
- the contract shall enter into force as of the granting of the residence permit and shall expire with the expiry of the period of validity of the residence permit, unless otherwise agreed by the parties
The compulsory insurance requirement is also covered by a compulsory insurance or collective insurance contract entered into by another person, provided that the alien is named as the insured person in such contract.
In case within the insurance period the insured person becomes a person covered with insurance or equal to thereof on the basis of the Health Insurance Act:
- the insurance provider has no duty of performance to the extent in which the insured person has a right to receive health insurance benefit on the basis of the Health Insurance Act
- The parties are entitled to cancel the contract on the basis of the Health Insurance Act as of the arising of the insurance cover
Please send the documents requested for applying and the copies of original documents to the address:
Police and Border Guard Administration
Pärnu mnt 139
More detailed requirements to documents enclosed to the application form can be found here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject of an e-mail, please write: „Residence permit for business“.
Instructions for saving and digital signing of the questionnaire.
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 here.
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 free of charge in all service points.
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 30 days. If you submit the application by post or by email and you took he photo at the photo booth in the Service Office, then please insert this information to your application.
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.