First things you’ll need when settling in Estonia is a residence permit (for non-EU citizens) and 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 on how to apply for the residence permit by scheduling an appointment. To actually apply for the document you need to visit one of the Police and Border Guard Board offices.
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? A 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 apply for a personal ID code by scheduling an appointment.
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.