By the end of November 2013, Estonian authorities had issued 565 residence permits in 2013 while the ceiling limit set for this year is 1,000, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
The government set the ceiling for the next year at 996 permits or 0.075% of Estonia's permanent population, at its Thursday session. According to the law, the ceiling cannot exceed 0.1% of Estonia's permanent population. The ceiling covers term residence permits for working, business and term residence permits based on foreign agreements.
The immigration ceiling is not applied to citizens of European Union member states, European Economic Area member states or Switzerland.
The ceiling isn’t applied either for persons coming to Estonia to live with their spouse, near relative, to study and do research in Estonia, for citizens of the USA and Japan.