Foreign Relations & International Law

Estonian Digital Residency Update II

Benjamin Wittes
Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 2:57 PM

In reference to my application for digital residency in Estonia, I received the following email last week:

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In reference to my application for digital residency in Estonia, I received the following email last week:


You have submitted an application for e-resident’s digital identity document (an e-resident digi-ID) that was registered in Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB) on 28.12.2015 by No 1034018887.

The purpose of issuing an e-resident digi-ID is to promote the development of the economy, science, education or culture of Estonia by creating a possibility to use e-services by a digital document of Estonia. An e-resident digi-ID can be issued to a person who has links with the country of Estonia or who has reasonable interest in using public e-services of Estonia.

There is a following insufficiency with your application:

1. The added photo does not meet the requirements. The background of the photo is not monor-colour. When taking a new photo please keep in mind the following conditions:

a. A person must be depicted at a photo: having neutral expression and closed mouth, without headgear, with eyes open and look has to be directed towards camera lens.
b. It has to be a colour photo, by size of 40 x 50 mm.
c. Background of the photo must be flat, mono-colour, of bright colour (commendatory colours are light blue, beige, light brown, light grey or white) and in contrast with colour of face and hair.
d. Photo has to be taken within 6 months before submitting an application.
e. You can read about the requirements for a photo here:

2. You have not added a copy of your passport, you have added a copy of your drever's license instead. Please send a photocopy of your valid passport (the sheet were personal information is on).

Therefore, we ask you to send the copy of your passport and new photo via email at the latest by 15.01.2016 to the e-mail address of the PBGB . . . .

Pursuant to subsection 38 (3) of the Code of Administrative Procedure, a participant in proceedings is required to present evidence to an administrative authority and notify it of facts which are known to him or her and are relevant to the proceedings. Upon failure by a participant in proceedings to perform this duty, the administrative authority may refuse to review the application upon issue of an alleviating administrative act. If you do not send the required documents, PBGB will refuse to review the application. Processing time of the application has been extended until 26.01.2016.

Yours sincerely,

Viktoria Petrova
Chief Specialist
Aliens Division
Migration Bureau
Intelligence Management and Investigation Department
Police and Border Guard Board

This afternoon, I sent the requested information. I will keep readers updated as the application progresses.

Benjamin Wittes is editor in chief of Lawfare and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books.

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