Since due to the state of emergency possibilities for entry in Estonia are limited, employers cannot recruit new workers from abroad, and therefore the Police and Border Guard Board is presently reviewing only those applications for registration of short-time working, which have been submitted by employers regarding foreigners who are presently staying in Estonia.
With regard to those aliens who have received a residence permit for the purpose of working, the same laws as before remain applicable. It means, among other, that if working under the conditions stated in the residence permit ends, the residence permit also expires, and in order to commence employment in another place the person must apply in advance for a new residence permit for work in Estonia and continuation of residence in this country.
In order to arrive in Estonia and to temporarily stay or settle here, the alien must have a legal basis (a visa or residence permit). There can be very different reasons for an alien to live or stay in Estonia. For example, people come to live in Estonia as a part of family migration, or for the purpose of study or conduct of business, or to carry out scientific work, or in order to be granted international protection. Additional information can be found on the website of the Police and Border Guard Board: https://www2.politsei.ee/et/teenused/eestis-viibimise-seaduslikud-alused/
We advise all persons who have questions regarding a short-term work permit, temporary work permit, or right of residence, to contact migration consultants of the Police and Border Guard Board.
Telephone: 612 3500 (Mo-Fr 9:00-15:00)
In addition to that we recommend to watch the Work in Estonia webinar that was conducted in order to discuss the recent changes: