E-stonia: the future home of Digital Nomads
My story of getting Estonian E-Residency
I finally got it
Yes, that’s right I finally got my Estonian ‘E-Residency’
Card (for those who do not know what E-Residency is I would suggest this
article here). I
applied for my E-residency on Nov 21st 2017, after mulling over it
for over 3 years. I first heard of the program back in 2014, and I have been
following it ever since. And I finally took the jump and applied for it.
The whole process took 2 months (received my card on 26th Jan 2018).
So here ill take you through my experience of applying for the program and what
I hope to do with it in the future, the first process is to apply for the card.
All you need is a copy of your passport, a digital copy of
your photo and to let the program know why you are interested in e-residency
and pay for the program, which cost me 100 EUR and select the location of where
you want to pick up the card. After I applied I received an email telling me
the process has started and they will keep me informed of the progress, I
received an email on December 11th, 2017 saying that my application
is being reviewed (which apparently was submitted on December 1st,
2017 which I felt was a bit weird but I didn’t mind it, I just wanted to wait
out and see what happens). Then on Jan 11th, 2018 I received an
email saying that my card is approved and I will get an email on a later date
to pick it up. Finally I received the email on Jan 25th, 2108 my
card is ready for pick up, I set an appointment for the next day and went to
pick it up.
The pick up process was quite interesting; the embassy
official took fingerprints of my left and right index finger, they asked me to
push down hard when I placed my finger on the scanner, had to use my other hand
over the finger and push it down, and explained to me how to setup the card,
which was quite simple. You just go to id.ee and download the different apps
from the app store (for Mac, sorry I only what happens in Mac) and that’s it
and you are ready to go. Within the
e-residency package you have your e-residency card, PIN Codes and card reader.
And before they handed the package over to me they said keep the card and PIN
codes separately and in case of loss of card call the Estonian Police and they
will block the card and issue a new one and then they handed me over my
Estonian E-Residency card and said welcome to Estonia, which made me smile
(Please not that this is not a valid travel document, you cannot use this
document in place of Visa/Passport/Resident Permit to enter Estonia or Schengen
Zone). Yes I know this looks simple and easy, because it is. I think Estonian
Government has done an incredible job of making this happen and giving a lot of
entrepreneurs (or future entrepreneurs) an opportunity to be digital nomads.
What I plan do with my new e-residency? Well I haven’t
decided yet but in the future I hope to maybe start my own little business
online. But for now I’m happy to take the card and be ready on a moments
notice, who knows when or how an inspiration might strike! Next I’m looking
forward to Estonia’s plan to develop their crypto currency.