Estonia granted short-term work permits to 28,297 in 2019 2020-02-17T12:32:37+00:00

Construction workers working for an Estonian company. Source: Rene Suurkaev/ERR

Estonia granted short-term work permits to 28,297 in 2019


Last year, Estonia granted short-term work permits to 28,297 people from third countries. It also issued over 32,000 registrations for employment during fixed periods, and as of January 1, 18,608 such registrations remained in force.

“The number of applications for short-term employment by foreigners to be approved in 2019 was 32,247,” a representative of the Ministry of the Interior explained. “The difference in numbers can be attributed to the fact that one foreigner’s employment may consist of several periods, in between which the foreigner did not have a valid work permit. The difference can also be attributed to the fact that employment registration is employer- and place of employment-based, and someone leaving for work elsewhere requires the re-registration of employment by the other employer.”

Of short-term work permits, three quarters were granted to Ukrainians, nearly 2,000 to Belarusians, some 1,500 to Russian citizens and just over 1,000 to Moldovans. 34 countries were represented by five or more people.

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