The first things you’ll need when settling in Estonia are receiving a residence permit (for non-EU citizens) and applying for a personal ID code (for EU citizens), followed by registering your address of residence (for both, EU & non-EU citizens). Book a time slot and we will help you through the process.
You can book a consultation about how to apply for the residence permit by scheduling the appointment. But you can apply for the document at one of the Police and Border Guard Board offices.
Update: due to the emergency situation declared by the Government of Estonia, this service is currently put on hold.
What is a residence permit – a residence permit is a required document, allowing a foreign national to reside in Estonia for a fixed or indefinite length of time.
Why do I need it – residence permit is a proof that you are permitted to live in Estonia and have the rights for government services.
For how long can I have it – There are two options: temporary residence permit or long term residence permit.
When do I need to upgrade my residence permit – usually after 2 years. Submit the documents for the extension 2 months prior the expiry date of the valid residence permit.
You can book a consultation about how to apply for personal ID code by scheduling an appointment.
Update: due to the emergency situation declared by the Government of Estonia, this service is currently not provided at the International House of Estonia.
What is a personal ID code – The Estonian identification (ID) code is a unique 11-digit personal code, identifying you for the entire lifetime. It is a number formed on the basis of sex and your date of birth which allows your unique identification.
How and where can I use it – With personal code you can apply for ID-card and that you can use for many e-services and for online authentication. Also for free public transportation in Tallinn.