To carry out independent activities in Estonia, you must obtain a temporary residence permit for enterprise.
Where and how to apply
You can apply for a residence permit at the Estonian embassy or consulate in your country of origin or residence. You may apply for a residence permit directly at the Police and Border Guard services in Estonia in case you have a legal ground for staying in Estonia (e.g. visa).
If you are holding a company or holding shares in a company, the company or self-employed person must be entered into the commercial register of Estonia i.e. the Estonian Commercial Register.
The following conditions have to be met:
Grounds for refusal include non-compliance with the necessary conditions or if you, the business plan, the business partners or the financial sourcing, are unreliable.
You must register your place of residence in the Population Register within a month of your arrival.
You are required to inform the Police and Border Guard Board of any changes in the facts on the basis of which the residence permit was issued, of difficulties in the performance of the assumed duties or of the impossibility to perform the assumed duties.
Duration of validity of permits
Permits for enterprise are granted for a maximum of five years.
Appeals can be brought to administrative courts or a challenge may be filed against decisions to refuse a permit within ten days from the date of notification of the decision. A decision on the challenge may be contested in an administrative court within the same term.
After five years of continuous residence on the basis of a temporary residence permit, you may apply for a long-term residence permit at the Police and Border Guard Board.
You must submit your application no later than two months before expiry of your valid temporary residence permit and fulfil the following conditions:
Change of activities
You can change activities.
Change of status
You can change status and apply for a new temporary residence permit (also for grounds other than employment) at the Police and Border Guard Board.
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