Compensation for language learning costs to those who are applying for Estonian citizenship and have passed the necessary examinations:
- Only persons who are not Estonian citizens can apply for compensation. Estonian citizens are not compensated language learning costs.
- Only natural persons can apply for compensation. Companies cannot apply for compensation for language learning costs incurred on training their employees.
- You can apply for compensation if you have passed both of the following examinations: the Estonian language proficiency examination (proficiency level B1, B2, or C1, and basic, intermediate, or high proficiency) as well as the examination on knowledge of the Citizenship Act and of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia.
- If you apply for compensation for the tuition fee of an Estonian language course, the course must be completed by the time the application is submitted. Compensation can be paid for language learning costs incurred before the proficiency examination after which compensation is applied for.
- The educational institution that ran the Estonian language course must have an education licence issued by the Ministry of Education and Research. The education licence must be issued for the Estonian language level after which compensation is applied for. As an exception, the tuition fee is also compensated to those who started learning at an educational institution that does not have an education licence before 1 January 2004. In that case, you must present a certificate issued by the educational institution to prove that you started learning before that date. The course must be completed after that date.
- You must submit your application for compensation within three months after you find out that you have passed the Estonian language proficiency examination, and the examination on knowledge of the Citizenship Act and of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia. The time limit will be counted from the seventh day after delivery of the notice of passing. The order in which you pass the examinations, or when the first examination was passed, is irrelevant.
- The tuition fee paid for Estonian language learning is compensated to the maximum limit allowed by the Government of the Republic. This is 384 euros.
- No income tax is withheld from the amounts payable. Thus, according to the Income Tax Act §26(2), you will not be able to deduct the training costs from your income to the extent that was compensated for. The examination centre provides the Tax and Customs Board with information about the compensation paid.
- Compensation will be paid into the bank account indicated in the application within one month after the application and the cost statements have been duly checked and forwarded to the accounts department of Innove.
- If you would like the transfer to be made to a foreign bank account, be sure to provide the full name of the bank and the SWIFT/BIC code.
- You have the right to apply for compensation for the costs associated with your citizenship application only once. Before paying compensation, Innove checks what payments have been made to you previously.
Application form and documents to be enclosed
To apply for compensation, you must submit a written application. The form is available to download HERE or you may take a hard copy from our information desk (Lõõtsa 4, Tallinn) or from our regional information points.
Along with the application, you must submit:
- A copy of an identity document (alien’s passport, driving licence, residence permit, ID card). You can also make a copy at our information desk.
- The original of a document certifying payment of the tuition fee. Documents certifying payment of the tuition fee are cash payment receipts, card payment receipts, original copies of bank payment orders, account statements certified by the bank. Documents certifying payment must comply with the requirements provided for in the Accounting Act §7.
- A document certifying payment of the tuition fee must indicate for what the tuition fee was paid. Language learning costs are compensated only based on documents that expressly show that payment was made for Estonian language learning. If another natural person has paid the training costs for the compensation applicant, the details of the document certifying payment must indicate the name of the person who learned the language (the recipient of compensation), and that payment was made for Estonian language learning.
- In addition to a payment order submitted as a document certifying payment, you must submit an invoice from the educational institution, or a certificate that proves that you have received training and that the sums have been paid.
- A card payment receipt must be accompanied by a certificate issued by the educational institution. The certificate must indicate the training period, total cost of the course, and that the payments made have been credited to the bank account of the educational institution. Payments must be shown by dates and amounts. If another natural person has paid the training costs for the compensation applicant, this must be indicated on the certificate issued by the educational institution.
- Costs incurred on preparing for the examination on knowledge of the Citizenship Act and of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia will not be compensated for. If the details on a single invoice refer to a tuition fee for both the Estonian language examination and the examination on knowledge of legislation, you must add a statement showing to what extent the payment covered Estonian language learning.
- If you passed the examination on knowledge of the Citizenship Act and of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia before 1 July 2002, you must add to your application a relevant certificate, or its true copy, certified by the Citizenship and Migration Board.
All documents certifying training costs must be originals or verified with the issuer’s digital signature. Duplicates (unverified copies of cost statements) will not be accepted.
Innove has the right to request additional documents to verify compliance of the application with the compensation award conditions.
If false information is provided, Innove has the right to reclaim the amount of compensation paid.
You can send your application on by post to SA Innove, Lõõtsa 4, Tallinn, 11415, or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org (in this case, all documents must be supplemented with a digital stamp by the issuer).