This page contains the necessary information for applicants who are not able to take the Estonian language proficiency examination according to the standard procedure for health reasons. Applicants with special needs can take the examination within the scope and according to the procedure appropriate for their health condition or can be exempted from taking the examination.
In order to apply for special conditions at or exemption from the examination, the person or their representative holding a notarized power of attorney is to file a relevant application with Innove. Application forms:
- For applicants taking the language proficiency examination as a part of applying for citizenship
- For other applicants
In addition to the application, the following are to be provided:
- a note from the person’s treating physician or medical specialist;
- if available, the resolution of the medical expert examination on the designation of the status of disability or incapacity for work in accordance with Appendix 1 to regulation no. 144 of the Minister of Social Affairs “Medical expert examination resolution form” dated 13 December 2002;
- a copy of the ID;
- in case of the representative filing the application, the document proving the right of representation;
- other documents describing the person’s health condition may be submitted.
The originals of all medical certificates, notices and medical examination reports on pre-printed forms of the relevant health care facilities are to be provided, signed by the issuer and bearing the stamp of the issuing facility. The resolution of the medical expert committee on the designation of the status of disability or incapacity for work is to be provided as one of the following:
- the original document that we are going to return by registered mail after the meeting of the committee;
- a notarized copy;
- an officially certified copy of the original document;
- a copy certified by Innove and made at our information desk.
An expert committee shall make a decision on the scope and method of the examination in Estonian language proficiency as well as on the knowledge of the Constitution and the Citizenship Act of the Republic of Estonia or exemption from the examinations. The members of the committee shall be appointed by the Minister of Education and Research. By its resolution, the expert committee can dismiss the application or satisfy it partially or in full.
Grounds for full exemption from the examination:
- severe or profound intellectual disability;
- complete deafness and third grade hearing loss in both ears;
- people with severe or profound visual impairment, suffering from the following conditions (on the basis of the WHO classification):
- severe visual impairment: OD-OS 0,12 – 0,05 in the corrected better-seeing eye;
- blindness: OD-OS 0,05-0.
- People with multiple disabilities, suffering from several conditions at the same time:
- hearing impairment and visual impairment = deaf-blindness; including people with moderate or severe visual impairment and hearing loss (40 dB or more);
- hearing, visual or mobility impairment accompanied by mental retardation.
- People with hearing impairment and hearing loss of 50–60 dB or more (corrected):
- mute people whose first language (mother tongue) is sign language;
- oral deaf people with severe speech impairment in the first language (speech) (hearing impairment – in the middle speech range at the frequency of 500-4000 Hz, 50-100 dB, and the consequent speech impairment);
- people with cochlear implants.