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Estonian E-Residency

02.04.2015

What is e-residency? 

The Republic of Estonia is the first country in the world to offer e-residency. Everyone has the opportunity to apply for the secure digital identity provided by the Estonian government – to gain secure access to digital services, to get anything and everything done digitally (sign all documents, launch and manage companies, do banking, encrypt files, etc.). Read more 

How to apply?

It is possible to apply for an e-resident's digital ID card through the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board in person or by post. Read more 

Starting from the 13th of May 2015 it is possible to submit an application online: http://apply.e-estonia.com/

It is also possible to apply for an e-resident's digital ID card through Estonian representations. 

NB! You need to book an appointment in order to apply for an e-residency in the Estonian Embassy in London. Please write to us london@mfa.ee or call to our consular department 0207 838 53 88.

Phone line 0207 838 53 88 for consular information is open: 
Monday, Wednesday 2 pm - 5 pm 
Tuesday and Thursday 9 am - 12 pm 
Friday 2 pm - 4 pm

Documents required to apply:

• an application form (possible to fill in on a computer screen or to print out  to fill in by own hand; 
• the applicant's valid identity document; 
• a colour photo measuring 40x50mm. Read more 
• a state fee for processing the application (100 EUR/ 88 GBP); 
• a written explanation in free form (in English, Russian or Estonian), stating the user's  intentions regarding the digital ID and the circumstances of its use 

Documents submitted by the applicant shall be forwarded to the Police and Border Guard Board, who will perform a background check and make a decision regarding the granting (or refusal) of the e-resident's digital ID. 

In the case of a decision to grant e-residency, the e-resident's digital ID card, card reader and PIN codes will be sent to Estonia's foreign representation. 

The applicant will be notified of the arrival of his/her ID card, following which the applicant shall return to the embassy, present a valid identity document and his/her biometric identifiers (fingerprints) and will then receive the ID card, card reader and PIN codes. 

For more detailed information regarding the application process
 
Read more

Although initially future e-residents must visit the foreign representation twice, applying for e-residency will soon become significantly easier. In May, a virtual environment will be opened where you can submit applications for e-residents’ digital ID cards. Applicants must thereafter only visit an Estonian foreign representation once, in order to receive their ID document. 

About e-residency in more detail: https://e-estonia.com/e-residents/about/

 

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