Immigration of Family Members to Estonia

We encounter some confusion about the possibility of family members receiving a TRP to Estonia rather periodically. The main confusion is who are actually considered as family members by our immigration laws?


According to Estonian immigration laws, a TRP can be applied for in case of settling with a spouse or with a parent. This means that if a person is holding a TRP then his or her husband or wife and under aged children can also apply for residence permits (applications can be made at the same time as the sponsor or the main TRP holder).


There are exceptions - for example if the TRP holder is a guardian or ward for someone else (like your grandparent or sibling). A temporary residence permit for an adult child (over age 18) can be applied for if the child is unable to cope independently due to health reasons or disability.


In case if you are a family member (applies to third country nationals) of an European Union (EU) citizen, you can apply for the right of temporary residence with an EU citizen:

  • who is working as an employed or self-employed (FIE) person;

  • who has sufficient funds for subsistence of himself/herself and his/her family members and who has medical insurance (Eesti Haigekassa);

  • who studies in Estonia and who has sufficient funds for subsistence of himself/herself and his/her family members and who has medical insurance (Eesti Haigekassa).

Here again, family members are considered spouses and children.

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