EU Citizen’s Right of Residence
Citizens of the member states of the European Union and the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation (hereinafter “EU citizens”) have the right to stay in Estonia on the basis of a valid travel document or identity card for the period of up to three months. As international students stay longer, then the following steps are compulsory:
1) To obtain the right of temporary residence, EU citizens must register themselves as citizens of Tartu within three months from the date of entering Estonia. That can be done at the Population Register Office.
Required documents for the registration:
- identity document of an applicant;
- tenancy contract.
Population Register Office in Tartu,
Küüni St. 5
Tel. 736 1140
Opening hours: Mon 9–12, 15–18; Tue 9-16; Wed–Fri 9–12, 14–16.
Once you have registered yourself as a citizen of Tartu, you receive the Estonian ID code (isikukood). Please remember to send/take this number to your Coordinator at the ISS.
2) Within the period of one month from the acquisition of the right of temporary residence, you must personally contact the Migration Bureau to apply for an identity card which certifies your right of temporary residence.
Required documents for the identity card:
- application form (you do not have to complete the application form before you come to the customer service of the CMB)
- identity document of the applicant;
- coloured photograph sized 40x50 mm; (it is possible to take a photo, free of charge, in Tartu Migration Bureau);
- document certifying the payment of the state fee, which can be paid either in the service bureaus or by bank transfers (more information: http://www.politsei.ee/en/teenused/riigiloivud/).
EU citizens must pay the state fee of 25 EUR. After registration the right of permanent residence is granted for a period of five years.
Citizenship and Migration Bureau Tartu Service Point
(Kodakondsus- ja Migratsioonibüroo Tartu teenindus):
Riia St. 132
Tel. 612 3000
e-mail: ppa [ät] politsei.ee
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.00–18.00;
last Friday of each month the office is closed.
NB! Officers in the Migration Bureau mostly speak Estonian, some Russian and only few of them English. It is recommended to take your tutor or someone who speaks Estonian with you.
For more information please check the website of Police and Border Guard Board.