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Bring Employees On A Start-Up Visa

In order to bring non-EU employees to Estonia on a Startup Visa:

  • Check this list to see if your startup is pre-included as an Estonian startups that can hire non-EU employees on preferential terms. In case your company is not on the list, you need a consent from the Startup Committee. Go ahead an fill out this application about your startup to qualify for bringing foreign talent to Estonia on preferential terms – think of it as applying for an accelerator program or presenting yourself to a potential investor;
  • Startup Committee, consisting of members of the Estonian startup community, will review the application about your startup and make a decision within 10 working days whether your company qualifies for the startup visa or not;
  • In case of a positive decision, your startup will generally be qualified for up to 5 years for bringing non-EU employees to Estonia on preferential terms;
  • After receiving the qualification, if the employee’s employment is short term,  you will need to apply for their registration for the short-term employment and your employee will need to apply for a visa. If the employment is for a longer term, the employee will need to apply for a temporary residence permit at an Estonian Embassy in a city of their choosing or at a Service Point for the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board;
  • You are all set!

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