Residence permit for working and for post-study period
A residence permit grants the right to work
From 01.09.2013, international students who have a residence permit may work in Estonia without a separate permit, as long as their work does not interfere with their studies. No evidence for working while studying needs to be submitted to the Police and Border Guard Board. If an employed international student takes an academic leave, he or she must apply for a residence/work permit.
Extending a residence permit for post-study period during the last year of study
Upon an international student's request, the PPA extends his or her residence permit during the last year of study for up to 6 months after the end of studies. If the UT does not wish for the international student's residence permit to be extended beyond the period of studies, the Police and Border Guard Board must be notified thereof.
NB! UT will perform the statutory duties of a sponsor even after the international student has finished his or her studies (i.e. for up to 6 months). Accordingly, in case a last-year international student applies for an extension of his or her residence permit, the International Student Service may consult programme managers and supervisors to determine whether:
a) the international student is likely to graduate;
b) seeking a job in Estonia seems justified (there has been an expression of interest).