Estonia Work Permit

There is no such thing in Estonia as a special “work permit”. You can work here if your short‐term employment is registered by your employer and your stay here is legal (e.g. you have a D-visa) or when you have a valid (temporary) residence permit for working.

A long-stay (D) visa is an Estonian visa which may be issued for single or multiple entries into Estonia.

D-visa may be issued for the period of stay of up to 365 days within twelve consecutive months and it allows to stay in the whole Schengen Area up to 90 days. In case of two consecutive long-stay visas, the whole period of stay shall not be longer than 548 days within 730 consecutive days.

A long-stay visa must be applied for in person at an Estonian representation which handles visa applications or at a service point of the Police and Border Guard Board in Estonia.


  • If you are a citizen of the EU, the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), or Switzerland, you can enter Estonia without a visa.
  • If you want to work in Estonia for more than 3 months, you just need to register as an Estonian resident in the Population Register of Estonia during the first 3 months of your stay.


  • If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and would like to work in Estonia for a short time (up to 6 months in a year), you should apply for a D-visa. Before applying for a D-visa, your employer should register your short-term employment with the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. 
  • If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and want to work in Estonia for a longer time (longer than 6 months), you need to apply for a residence permitAt first, you have to apply for a temporary residence permit (for work up to 2 years with your first permit). After having lived in Estonia for 5 years on a temporary residence permit, you can then apply for a long-term residence permit.

If you wish to settle in Estonia permanently, you can also apply for a temporary residence permit for settling permanently created to make settling and fulfilling the required criteria for a permanent residence permit easier.

The work relationship in Estonia is usually based on an employment contract.

The probation period of an employee usually lasts 3-4 months and as a rule, your employment contract is concluded for an unspecified period. In order to enter into an employment contract for a fixed term, the employer must be able to demonstrate the temporary nature of the work (such as a short-term increase in workload or seasonal work).

The salary is freely negotiable and is paid at least once a month to the employee’s bank account. All wages are paid in the net amount. It is your employer’s obligation to calculate and withhold all the necessary payroll taxes.

The full-time workload is 40 hours per week, eight hours per day. An employer and an employee can agree on shorter working hours for part-time positions. Overtime work, work during the night, and public holidays are to be paid at a higher rate.

Special conditions apply to pregnant or nursing women, and to parents of small children.

And the best thing? You are entitled to at least 28 calendar days of vacation in a calendar year.

REQUIRED documents 

  • Passport
  • CV
  • Educational documents and certificates
  • Police Clearance
  • Any job experience (if applicable)

Process time — 2 months 

Documents to be submitted upon application for a long-stay visa:

  1. travel document which is issued within previous 10 years, contains at least two blank pages for visas and is valid at least 3 months after the expiration date of the visa;
  2. fully completed and signed application form;
  3. photo (size 35×45 mm);
  4. insurance policy valid for Estonia or for the Schengen area with a coverage of at least 30.000 EUR for the entire duration of stay;
  5. documents indicating the purpose of journey:
  • confirmation letter from the host;
  • documents proving that applicant is going to work in Estonia (confirmation from the employer, registration of short-term employment);
  • documents proving that applicant is going to study in Estonia;
  • documents proving family ties or marital status if the purpose of journey is to visit a private person;
  • documents confirming sufficient means of subsistence during the stay in Estonia;
  • documents confirming accommodation and provision for expenses during the stay in Estonia;
  1. at the time of submission of the application, biometrical data – 10 fingerprints of the applicant is collected; children under the age of 12 and persons for whom fingerprintin g is physically impossible shall be exempt form the requirement to give fingerprints;
  2. visa fee 80 €


Contact office for payment details or phone us 

Before start a processing — 1000 Euros

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