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For highly-qualified workers, the EU Blue Card is the permit of choice.

You must hold a university or college diploma from an educational programme that lasted three years or more. Alternatively you may prove your qualifications by showing at least five years of professional experience.

When abroad, you must apply for an EU Blue Card at the Estonian embassy or consulate in your country of origin or residence.


The potential employer must contact the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund for consent. The consent of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund is not required for certain employment categories and in case of renewal. Your salary must be at least 1.5 of the most recent annual average monthly wage in Estonia, this published by the Statistics Estonia. For 2016, your salary for the blue card must be at least 1598 Euro per month.

Important information for the applicant of the temporary residence permit for employment in Estonia.

Extended information can be found on Europe's Immigration portal

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