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e-Residency

e-Residency is a state-issued secure digital identity for non-residents of Estonia that allows digital authentication and the digital signing of documents in all dealings related to Estonia.

The purpose of e-Residency is to make life easier by using secure e-services that have been accessible to Estonians for many years (see below some of the services available).

e-Residents receive a smart ID-card with a microchip that contains certificate for authentication and certificate for digital signatures and a ID-card reader. Digital authentication allows you to access different e-services and to log in to any online portals that recognize this type of authentication.

Digital signing allows you to securely sign documents from anywhere you are in the world, provided there is Internet access and you have the id-card and card reader with you. Within EU, digital signatures are legally binding in all member states. Outside EU, digital signatures are legally binding if there exist mutual agreement between the respective governments.

e-Resident can use (anywhere in the world) online the following services:

  • Sign documents digitally with partners, employees and the government
  • Exchange encrypted documents
  • Establish companies, make changes and report annual reports in the Commercial Register (e.g. establishment takes approximately 1-2 days)
  • Access land register
  • Conduct secure bank transfers (with Estonian bank account)
  • Declare taxes

More information about e-Estonia and life in the digital society can be found here

We can assist you with:

  • Becoming an e-Resident, therein applying for e-Residency (step-by-step assistance and preparation of relevant documentation to be submitted)
  • Immigration issues (e-Residency does not grant any rights related thereto)
  • Establishing a company in Estonia
  • Acquiring real estate and other property in Estonia
  • Investing into business developments in any sector (step-by-step assistance in formalising and securing the investment, providing specific sector-related legal information)
  • Advantages and possibilities of the use of e-Residency

As an e-Resident we can support you in daily dealings or business, including M&A transactions (incl. due diligence), corporate issues, real estate transactions, financing, litigation, immigration issues etc. We can support you with our international competence from our international offices.

For any questions, please contact us by email: e-resident@eversheds-sutherland.ee or call +372 622 9990

For more detailed description concerning doing business in Estonia, ask for a free copy of our overview “Starting a business in Estonia”.