More Residence Permits for Employment Granted in 2015, Biggest Group Being Ukrainian Citizens

Sander Nõmmik
Author Sander Nõmmik

The number of residence permits granted rose significantly in 2015, one of the main reasons being the rising number of citizens of foreign nationalities moving to Estonia for employment. Among the countries of origin, Ukraine now leads the way.

Liis Valk, the leading expert for identity and status of Estonian Police and Border Guard Board said that more and more foreign top specialists are employed. “Immigration for employment has risen significantly and compared to 2014 the number of residence permits given to people moving to Estonia for employment rose by one third in 2015,” she said. In 2015, in total, 1,659 residence permits were granted.

For employers, the Estonian law offers several alternatives how to legally hire employers of foreign nationalities, with differences between hiring citizens of the countries belonging to the European Union and outside.

On May 3 and 11, the Police and Border Guard Board will organize information events for employers, dealing with the topics connected to hiring foreign citizens in Estonia. The events will be held in Tallinn.


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