Counseling for asylum-seekers and beneficiaries of international protection

If you are applying for asylum or granted international protection (refugee status or subsidiary protection) in Estonia and think that your rights have been violated, you are welcome to contact us!

The Estonian Human Rights Centre (EHRC) offers free legal aid in order to ensure the effective access to the Estonian asylum procedure and the respect of rights of persons who are in need of international protection. Our services include:

  • Legal counseling and provision of legal information about Estonian asylum procedures and rights of those who seek asylum;
  • If necessary, also representation in the Police and Border Guard Board or courts; 
  • Assistance in applying for free state legal aid if needed

If you are a beneficiary of international protection (refugee status or subsidiary protection) you can turn to us for:

  • Legal counseling and advice to better understand your rights and obligations
  • If you need legal advice concerning extension of your residence permit

You can contact us either by e-mail:, by phone: +372 644 5148 or +372 519 49 015. Also, it is possible to visit our office (Ahtri 8, Tallinn 10151, 6th floor) in person. NB! Please arrange the time of appointment in advance.

For the assessment of your individual case, we normally need a description of your case and relevant documents. Some waiting time may occur depending on the workload. Please note that we are not always able to arrange an interpreter.

In addition, the EHRC lawyers regularly visit the accommodation centres for asylum-seekers in Vao and Vägeva and the detention centre in Harku.

If needed, the EHRC lawyers may prepare your case for submission to the relevant international and local supervisory authorities, such as the UN Human Rights Committee, the European Court of Human Rights, and Court of Justice of the European Union.

The services are provided in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).