Startup Visa

Startup Visa in Estonia

Estonia offers a visa program for non-EU startup founders interested in joining Europe’s thriving startup community. Eligible startups are those with innovative business models and global growth potential that contribute to the country’s business environment.

Who can apply for startup visa

With the approval of the startup committee, you can apply for a startup visa (both long-term and short-term) or a temporary residence permit (up to 5 years)

Criteria for applying for a start-up visa:

Technological, innovative and scalable business.

The Startup Visa helps new businesses that use technology to solve important problems, change entire industries, and serve many people. It’s for businesses like Airbnb and Uber, not small restaurants or individual consultants.

A business that can be classified as a startup

A startup is a newly established business venture that aims to bring innovative products, services, or solutions to the market, often characterized by a dynamic and fast-paced environment, a focus on growth and scalability, and a potential for disruptive impact within its industry.

Minimum 800 euros for monthly expenses

This is the lowest amount required by the law. However, if you want to live comfortably in Estonia, you will need more money as decent rental flats cost around €600 per month in addition to regular living expenses.

How to get a start-up visa?

1. Register a company in Estonia
2. Fill out an application to apply to the startup committee
3. The startup committee will make a decision in 10 working days
4. Apply for a start-up visa

Startup Visa for employees and family members

You can apply for a visa not just for yourself, but also for all the members in your startup team. This can save you a lot of hassle and make the application process more efficient. Moreover, if you’re granted a start-up visa, you’ll be glad to know that you can also apply for a visa for your beloved family members!

Contact us

We are thrilled to have you join our Estonian startup community! Whether you have questions or concerns, we are confident in our ability to provide you with the information you need. Leave us your inquiry and we guarantee to get back to you within one working day. Let’s take the first step towards your success together!