Several amendments took effect July 15, 2018 in regards to the immigration law.

  • Foreign specialists in a non ICT position earning twice the Estonian average salary (1,242 euros as of first quarter of 2018) are exempt from quotas.
  • Short term work permits are now allowed a duration of one year, previously nine months.
  • Non-EU nationals of renewal work permit applications that have resided in Estonia for 5 years will be required to submit an Estonian language requirement of A2 level. However, temporary residence permit for permanent settlement can be applied for after having lived in Estonia for 3 years.
  • The maximum penalty to the immigration law for employers hiring workers illegally has increased to 32,000 euros, previously at 3,200 euros.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.