Estonian Riigikogu adopted an amendment to the country’s Aliens Act to simplify the settling of foreigners in Estonia that could make a contribution to the local economy, especially people working in the field of information and communication technology.
Andres Metsoja, member of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union’ faction, said that the objective of the amendment was to facilitate the employment of highly paid people in Estonia with a focus on ICT specialists.
For this reason, the field of ICT had been exempt from the immigration quota by law. The amendment is set to become effective on January 18, 2017.
Immigration quota for 2017 is set at 1,317 people, from which people applying for international protection or asylum, students, citizens of the United States and Japan, and those who are granted a permanent residence permit are also exempt. (BNN/Business World Magazine)