During the upcoming year Estonia will start providing the language instruction agreements for free Estonian language courses and for obtaining a paid study leave from work.
People who have been living in Estonia on a legal basis for at least five years and wishing to apply for Estonian citizenship and who meet the main requirements set for the citizenship application procedure can sign this agreement.
One-off free language training shall be provided from zero level up to B1 level.
People having signed the agreement shall be granted language training allowances for participating in the Estonian language courses. On the basis of average wages, the allowance shall be paid for 20 calendar days spent on study leave.
In 2017 almost 800 people acquired Estonian citizenship, 558 of whom were persons of undefined citizenship. Since the restoration of independence Estonian citizenship has been granted or restored to more than 160 000 people.
Language training will be organised by the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences. In December 2018 Estonian Academy of Security Sciences started information campaign about language instruction agreements. Check out more from here.