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Registration of short-term employment
05/25/2016

A person may work in Estonia temporarily for up to 6 months during a year. Employment in Estonia is permitted to an alien, who stays legally in Estonia on the basis of visa or on the basis of visa-free stay and whose employment has been registered prior to the commencement of work.

An employer may apply for registration of short-term employment in Estonia:

In expedited procedure

  • for employment as a teacher or lecturer in Estonia in an educational institution which complies with the requirements established by legislation;
  • for scientific research, provided that the alien has appropriate professional training or experience for such activities;
  • for employment as top specialist, provided that the alien has appropriate professional training for employment in such sphere. You may find information about obligations of an employer of top specialist here.


In ordinary procedure

  • for artistic activities in the sense of Performing Arts Institutions Act by working in performing arts institution;
  • in the capacity of a sportsman, coach, referee or sports official in order to engage in professional activities, by invitation of a corresponding sports federation;
  • for the purposes of vocational training or higher education for employment by way of an internship through the mediation of a foreign educational institution or a student organisation if it is part of the study programme;
  • for employment as service personnel of a diplomatic representation of a foreign state, by permission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • for employment as au pair;
  • for employment as an expert, adviser or consultant, provided that the alien has appropriate professional training for such activities;
  • for employment as an installer of equipment or a skilled worker if the alien has acquired professional training  therefore;
  • for participation in seasonal work involving the processing of primary agricultural products;
  • for employment within the frames of a youth project or program, if such youth project or program has been acknowledged by the Ministry of Education and Science.

On the above named cases, a short-term employment in Estonia can also be registered if this is a temporary agency work with a user undertaking.

Temporary agency work can be registered as short-term employment, if an employer registered in Estonia operates as an intermediary of temporary agency work and the employer holds assets covering at least ten percent of the salary fund on a deposit account opened in a credit institution registered in Estonia during the whole short-term employment period.

An employer may apply for registration of short-term employment in person, via an authorized representative at a Service Office, by post or by e-mail.

Documents requested for application


Additional documents to be submitted when applying for registration of short-term employment:

  • for artistic activities in the sense of Performing Arts Institutions Act by working in performing arts institution – please submit  a document proving professional training or experience for such activities;
  • for the purposes of vocational training or higher education for employment by way of an internship through the mediation of a foreign educational institution or a student organisation if it is part of the study programme;
  • for employment within the framework of a youth project or programme if the youth project or programme is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Research - please present the copy of the voluntary service agreement concluded between the alien and the youth association;
  • as service personnel of a diplomatic representation of a foreign state – please submit a permit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for employment as service personnel of a diplomatic representation;
  • as an installer of equipment or a skilled worker – please submit a document proving professional training for such activities;
  • as expert, adviser or consultant – please submit a document proving professional training for such activities;
  • for employment as a top specialist - if the company has been registered in Estonia for less than 12 months and commences operation with the support of the state or private investments, provide the documents indicating the data of the receipt of investment or loan from the state or a private management company licensed by the Financial Supervision Authority or the data of the receipt of support from a public support measure;
  • for employment as a temporary agency worker - provide the documents proving that the employer has deposited funds which constitute at least ten percent of the payroll.


More detailed requirements to documents issued in foreign countries can be found here.

By applying for registering of short-term employment, an alien’s travel document has to be valid for at least six months after the end of registration of the applied short-term employment.

Registration of or refusal to register of short-term employment
In expedited procedure the short-term employment shall be registered at the latest on the next business day following the date of submission of the application.

In the case of the grounds for registration of short-term employment, an alien can set to work in Estonia starting from the same calendar date when the employer registered the alien's short-term employment in Estonia with the Police and Border Guard Board.

In the case of the grounds for registration of short-term employment, the registration of short-term employment shall not be refused. The conformity of the application and the compliance with the requirements shall be checked after the registration of short-term employment, and, if necessary, the registration shall be repealed.

On regular basis the short-term employment is registered or refused to register within ten working days as of the day following the date of acceptance of the application for proceeding or as of the date when the deficiencies of the application are eliminated.

More detailed information about the employer’s obligations (salary criterion and obligation of notification) can be found here.