Even though e-Residency has almost no limitations, there are people who are unlikely to benefit from this program. But who exactly? Lithuanian and Latvian residents won't need e-Residency.
If you already obtain a Latvian or Lithuanian Digital ID, there will be no need for e-Residency. As those digital IDs are accepted by almost all e-services in Estonia. Recently, we've published an article with an overview of all Baltics Digital IDs
, check the info about them here. Incorporation of an Estonian company on the behalf of the foreign entity can't be done with e-Residency
(but a company will benefit from e-Residency later). If you are looking to incorporate a company by a non-Estonian legal entity, e-Residency won't be much help at this stage. In this case, a company must be registered strictly through a notary. Nevertheless, future company maintenance will be easier if a director will get an e-Residency card.
Those who aim to get a residency permit or Estonian citizenship.
As mentioned above, e-Residency gives you no right to travel to Estonia and doesn't simplify the process of any visa or citizenship obtaining. Those who cannot visit a pickup location or don't have enough time to obtain a card.
To become an e-Resident, you're obliged to visit one of the pickup locations to verify your identity and receive a card. So, decide how you're going to receive your e-Residency kit in advance. If you cannot physically attend a pickup point anyhow, you won't be able to get your e-Residency.
Notice that the whole process usually takes up to 2 months, so there are cases when it's better for you to open a company through a notary which will take about 1 month. The exact duration will vary highly from country to country, so contact us to get precise information on your case.