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Posted on September 14 2021

How to apply work visa for Estonia?

By  Editor
Updated September 20 2023

Estonia is becoming a popular choice for anyone seeking a job in Europe. The country has straightforward visa procedures and also allows visitors to bring their families, making it an appealing overseas job location.

Work permit for non-EU citizens

If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and wish to work in Estonia for a limited period of time (up to 6 months per year), you must apply for a D-visa. Before filing for a D-visa, your employer can register your short-term jobs with the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.

 If you intend to work in Estonia for more than six months, you must apply for a residence visa.

You must first obtain a temporary residence permit (with your first permit, for work up to 2 years). After living in Estonia for 5 years on a temporary residence permit, you can apply for a long-term residency permit.

 If you want to stay in Estonia permanently, you can also apply for a temporary residence permit.

Requirements for obtaining a work visa

  • Job offer from a company in Estonia
  • A standard work contract from your employer in Estonia
  • Permission of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund for employment (if required)
  • Invitation by the employer which shall be completed by the employer and submitted to the Police and Border Guard Board

You can apply for a work visa if you are:

  • An employee who has been transferred by your company.
  • Working as a temp for a staffing agency.
  • Employed on the basis of a blue card from the European Union (EU).
  • Hired for scientific research.
  • You are a top specialist.
  • Working for a start-up company.
  • Employed with the Estonian unemployment insurance fund's permission and in accordance with the salary criterion.
  • Working with Estonia's unemployment insurance fund's permission and not meeting the salary threshold condition.
  • Applying for government-designated shortage occupations without the approval of the Estonian unemployment insurance fund but meeting the salary requirements.

Documents required

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Passport-size photo
  • Receipt of payment of embassy visa fees which is 100 Euros
  • An insurance policy with protection for the length of the stay of at least EUR 30 000
  • Documents showing the intent of the travel, such as a letter from the host, job documents, research documents, evidence of family relations
  • Biometric information
  • Proof of English language proficiency if required by the employer
  • Information about your accommodation in Estonia

It will take about 30 days to process the work permit.


Estonia work visa


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