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‘Start-up visa’ to attract entrepreneurial non-EU nationals to Estonia

As from 18 January 2017, it has become easier to obtain a temporary residence if you have a good business idea. Simply apply for a ‘Start-up visa’. Estonia is quite restrictive when it comes to immigration.
There is a quota of a maximum of 1,300 temporary residence permits per year, not including refugees under EU’s relocation programme, and last year this quota was filled before the end of the year. The start-up scene in Estonia is, however, rather vivid, and many entrepreneurs, who want to come, are hindered by the restrictive immigration rules. So a change was needed. As from 18 January 2017, the Estonian Aliens Act includes an exemption making it easier to obtain a visa if you have a good business idea. This is called a ‘Start-up visa’.
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Authors:
KAROLINA ULLMAN
Attorney at law, Managing Partner
Direct: (+372) 66 76 444
Mobile: (+372) 53 48 91 21
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KATRIN SARAP
Attorney at law, Partner
Direct: (+372) 66 76 451
Mobile: (+372) 56 63 33 02
ks@njordlaw.ee

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