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Complete guide to applying for an Estonia family reuinification visa, the required documents, eligibility and FAQs

If you are a foreign citizen with close family members in Estonia and want to reunite with them, you must apply for an Estonia family visa. This type of visa will allow you to study, work and live in Estonia for the same duration as your family member. 

Who Can Apply for Estonia Family Reunion Visa?

Everyone who is not from the EU/EEA/Switzerland needs to apply for a family visa to reunite with their family members in Estonia. To apply for a family visa in Estonia, you must be the: 

  • Spouse or partner of someone living in Estonia.
  • Dependent child of someone residing in Estonia.
  • Parent or grandparent of someone residing in Estonia.  
  • A foreign citizen who is older than the age of 65 and is not capable of taking care of themself and has a family member (children, close family member) in Estonia who can take care of them. 

EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens don’t need to apply for a family visa to be able to reunite with their family members in Estonia.  

Documents Required for an Estonia Family Visa 

Everyone who applies for an Estonian family visa must submit these documents:

  • Valid Passport. The passport must be valid with at least two blank pages. In addition, you must include a copy of your previous visa (if any). 
  • Two photos. Two passport-sized images with colors and taken on a light background. Photos must be taken within the last six months. 
  • Application form. You must fill out the application form online, print a hard copy of it, and submitted to the nearest embassy in your home country. Make sure you fill out the application form with all the correct information and sign it at the end. 
  • Fee payment. You can make the payment for your visa application at the embassy/consulate when submitting the documents. Make sure you attach the recipe of the payment with other requested documents. 
  • Letter of invitation. A letter of invitation from your family member living in Estonia,  proving that they will sponsor your stay in Estonia and you have a place to stay while in Estonia. 
  • Bank account statement. This is a document issued from your bank showing your bank statement for the last six months. This document must prove that you are financially stable and can finance yourself while being in Estonia. 
  • Health insurance.  Document proof that you have valid health insurance within the whole Schengen area. Your health insurance coverage must be €30,000, and it must cover any medical problems you may have while staying in Estonia. 
  • Medical report. The medical report must prove that you are in good condition and you can live in Estonia. 
  • Criminal record. The criminal record is a document issued by the police of your home country, proving that you will not be a risk to the Republic of Estonia.
  • Proof of temporary residence permit (if applicable). Document proof that your family member who is staying in Estonia is issued with a temporary residence permit or another type of permit, allowing them legal residence.
  • If you are the spouse or partner of someone living in Estonia
    • Civil status documents. Document proof of your civil status. It can be a marriage certificate (if married), a birth certificate if you have (a child), etc. 
    • Evidence that you live together. It can be a joint bank account, rental agreement, etc. 
  • If you are a minor or adult child of someone living in Estonia:
  • Birth certificate. The birth certificate must be issued within the last six months. 
  • Identity card. Valid ID (if applicable). 
  • Your Parent’s identity documents. A copy of your parent’s passport. 
  • If you are the parent or grandparent of someone living in Estonia:
  • Documents proving the kinship. It can be a birth certificate or other civil status documents. 
  • Medical report. Document issued from the medical center of your home country. This document must prove that you are in good health condition. 

How to Apply for an Estonia Family Visa? 

To apply for a family visa in Estonia, you must follow these steps:

  1. Collect the required documents. Make sure you collect all the required documents listed.
  2. Submit the application at the Estonian consulate in your home country. You have to contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Estonia, book an appointment, submit all the requested documents in person and pay the visa fee. 
  3. The embassy forwards the application to the Police Border Guard Border in Estonia. After you submit the documents to the embassy of Estonia in your home country, the embassy will direct your application form to the Police Border Guard Border in Estonia, which makes a decision on your application. 
  4. Wait for a response. You will receive an answer with the result of your visa application from the consulate/embassy of Estonia in your home country where you have applied to within 30 days.  

The parent or legal guardian must submit the requested documents to the embassy or consulate of Estonia in their home country for children under the age of 15.  

Note: If you are already in Estonia, you can submit the application directly at the service offices of the Police and Border Guard Board.

After You Enter Estonia 

After entering Estonia, you must apply for a temporary residence permit online at the Estonian Police Border Guard Border. The temporary residence permit will allow you to stay in Estonia for up to five years, and can be renewed. 

Estonia Family Visa Processing Time

The processing time for an Estonia family visa is 30 days. The processing time starts from the day you submit the requested documents to the embassy/consulate. Depending on when you apply or your case, the embassy can extend your processing time without notification. So make sure you apply for your visa in time.  

How Much Does the Family Visa for Estonia Cost?

The visa application fee for an Estonian family visa is €100. You must make the payment to the embassy or consulate when submitting the documents. After finishing the payment, make sure you attach the receipt of your visa payment to other requested documents. 

The fee payment recipe is proof that you have made the payment for your visa application. 

How Long Can I Stay in Estonia With a Family Visa? 

An Estonia family visa is a long-term visa issued for one year. However, after entering Estonia, you are issued a residence permit, and its validity is the same as your partner’s residence permit. 

Can I Work in Estonia With a Family Visa?

You can work in Estonia with a family visa as long as your employer registers your short-term employment in Estonia. After that, you can apply for a residence permit to stay longer than one year in Estonia. A residence permit will allow you to stay and work for five years in Estonia. 

Can I Study in Estonia With a Family Visa?

Yes, you can study in Estonia with a family visa. However, if you need to stay longer than one year, you must apply for a residence permit. 

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