Parliament Passes E-Residency Bill
The Estonian Parliament has approved amendments to the Identity Documents Act and the State Fees Act that allow non-residents to receive an Estonian ID card.
The bill received the support of all 80 MPs present today.
The bill amends the regulations for issuing digital identity cards to e-residents, as well as monitoring and invalidation processes.
The e-residents will be issued a digital identity card that allows them to use Estonian and EU public and private services. The aim is to create additional economic and research opportunities in Estonia by making things easier for foreign entrepreneurs, investors and specialists.
The e-residency program will first of all benefit foreigners who are connected to Estonia via investments or entrepreneurship. They may, for example, need to digitally sign documents.
The bill will enter into force in December 1, 2014.