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Visa, work permit & immigration support in Estonia

Growing potential of the foreign markets attracts businesses with the advantage of increasing revenues and diversifying clients’ portfolios. In order to improve their international image, companies from around the world seek opportunities to expand sales operations and promote their brands; Global mobility firmly becomes a part of the successful ventures.

Between the most desired destinations in Europe, a small Baltic country named Estonia, continuously transforming into the “Startup Paradise”, and the hotbed for digital nomads. It became extremely easy to develop and handle business herein since most of the public services are represented in digital form.

If you are looking for opportunities to develop within this stupendous ecosystem, you may require a work permit and immigration support for your employees planning to work there. Acumen International is a global employment organization, providing high-end immigration support during international assignments, relocation purposes, and global mobility programs.

We manage relocation issues and ensure compliance with the local labor regulations and immigration authority during the expatriates’ employment in Estonia on your behalf. Addressing our best practices will greatly improve your confidence and enhance the international image. After all, handling immigration issues to Acumen International leaves you more time and space to focus on the essential business goals.

Here what you get from our work permit & immigration support:

  1. A long-term solution to having expats employed under full compliance
  2. As an ad-hoc solution prior to establishing your own business branch in Estonia

Solution for global mobility of expats in Estonia

Acumen International can handle various kinds of relocation operations, including international assignments for different types of expatriates in Estonia. We will relieve you from the burdensome of hiring expatriate staff there, and help you take the first steps in international development fast with no risk. Our work permit and immigration support solution to turn a bothering immigration procedure into a serviceable solution, which can be tailored to the specific needs of your global mobility program.

Learn more about the timelines requirements for getting a work permit in Estonia below.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

The procedure of work permit issuance in Estonia takes about 2-4 weeks.


Major steps to get a work permit in Estonia

  • For EU citizens who want to work in Estonia for more than 3 months, it is necessary to register as an Estonian resident in the Population Register of Estonia within the first 3 months of your stay.
  • For non-EU countries, residents who’d like to work in Estonia for up to 6 months in a year, should obtain a D-visa. Before applying, the employer has to register your short-term employment with the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. During the submission of the application, the biometrics of the applicant will be collected.

Documents for a D-visa in Estonia (working up to 6 months in a year)

Type of documents
A travel Passport or ID, valid for at least three months past the expiration date of the visa with a minimum of two blank pages.
A complete application form
A standard photo (35×45 mm)
A valid travel insurance policy
A letter indicating the purpose of the journey – for instance, the short-term employment confirmation
Visa fee of €80

Documents for a residence permit in Estonia (working longer than 6 months)

Type of documents
A residence notice
Your personal ID or a copy of the ID if the documents are sent by mail.
Proof of permanent or temporary residence and the right to use these premises (Copy of Utility bills, for example).
If you own an Estonian ID, you can register your place of residence online via the citizen portal eesti.ee.

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Estonia without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details on how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Estonia.

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