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Estonian foreign representations begin accepting applications for e-residency

01.04.2015

Starting April 1, Estonian foreign representations shall be accepting applications to obtain e-resident digital identification cards.

E-residency gives foreigners living in foreign countries equal opportunities with residents of Estonia to take advantage of Estonia’s e-environment. While staying in any part of the world, the Estonian ID card allows you to sign documents in minutes, set up a company in an hour, make bank transfers in seconds, participate actively in the management of a company registered in Estonia and declare your taxes with a few clicks of a mouse. An e-resident’s digital ID provides foreigners with the opportunity to do business digitally, regardless of location.

In order to apply for an e-resident digital identification card, you must contact the nearest Estonian foreign representation and submit the following documents:

• an application form (can be filled out on a computer screen (PDF), printed out (PDF) and filled in by hand); 
• the applicant’s valid identity document;
• a color photo measuring 40x50mm;
• a written explanation in free form (in English, Russian or Estonian), stating the user’s intentions regarding the digital ID and the circumstances of its use;
• a state fee for processing the application (80 euros);  

The application along with the necessary documents shall be forwarded to the Police and Border Guard Board.

Although initially future e-residents must visit the foreign representation twice, applying for e-residency will soon become significantly easier. In May, a virtual environment will be opened where you can submit applications for e-resident digital ID cards. Applicants must thereafter only visit an Estonian foreign representation once, in order to receive their ID document.

Additional information: http://vm.ee/en/estonian-e-residency-how-apply
About e-residency in more detail: https://e-estonia.com/e-residents/about/ 

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS PRESS DEPARTMENT
(+372) 637 7654
(+372) 521 6821
press@mfa.ee

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