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What is e-Residency?

13.05.2015

e-Residency offers to every world citizen a government-issued digital identity and the opportunity to run a trusted company online, unleashing the world’s entrepreneurial potential.

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.).

e-Residents can:

  • Digitally sign documents and contracts
  • Verify the authenticity of signed documents
  • Encrypt and transmit documents securely
  • Establish an Estonian company online within a day. At the moment a physical address in Estonia is required, which may be obtained using an external service provider.
  • Administer the company from anywhere in the world.
  • Conduct e-banking and remote money transfers. Establishing an Estonian bank account currently requires one in-person meeting at the bank, and is at the sole discretion of our banking partners
  • Access online payment service providers
  • Declare Estonian taxes online. e-Residency does not automatically establish tax residency. To learn about taxation and to avoid double taxation please consult a tax professional.
All of these (and more) efficient and easy-to-use services have been available to Estonians for over a decade. By offering e-Residents the same services, Estonia is proudly pioneering the idea of a country without borders.

Read more at e-resident.gov.ee or follow us on Twitter @e_Residents

How to apply?

The e-Residency online application site: http://apply.e-estonia.com/

Once the application is approved, just one face-to-face meeting is required to collect the card from one of the Estonia’s foreign representations in 34 countries or the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board service points.

For more detailed information regarding the application process

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