Welcoming programme

The Welcoming Programme is a free educational programme provided by the Estonian state which is intended to help the foreigners who have arrived in Estonia to adapt and become accustomed to local life more easily. The programme, which comprises various training courses, gives an overview of how the state of Estonia and its society function and how daily life is organised.

Within the programme, the participants can learn Estonian and receive information about working and studying here as well as family-related matters.

In addition, they can take part in discussions, share their experiences and ask questions.

The Settle in Estonia programme consists of modules – courses of different subjects. Choose the most suitable module here.

Who can take part in the Welcoming Programme?

All foreigners with a residence permit who have arrived in Estonia during the last five years are welcome to participate in the Settle in Estonia programme.

Learn more: FAQ

a) You are a foreign national newly relocated to Estonia who has received a residence permit or right of residence after 1 August 2015.

Check your e-mail inbox. The Police and Border Guard Board will give you the notice about the availability of participating in the programme in one of its service points or will automatically send it to you by e-mail. If you have received no invitation or notice, you can follow this link to apply.

b) You are a foreign national newly relocated to Estonia who has received a residence permit or right of residence before 1 August and has been in Estonia for a shorter period than 5 years.

You have to apply for with the Police and Border Guard Board to participate in the Welcoming Programme. You can file your application here.
Then the Police and Border Guard Board will send you the notice about its decision concerning your participation in the Welcoming Programme within 30 working days by post or e-mail.

If the applicant meets the conditions for the participation in the Welcoming Programme (has legally resided in Estonia on the basis of a residence permit or right of residence for a period shorter than five years), the Police and Border Guard Board will send the notice about the availability of participating in the programme to the applicant by post or e-mail or give the notice to the applicant in one of its service points (for citizens of the European Union).

If the application is approved, you will have to register for the Welcoming Programme yourself.

Further information is available in the section of Frequently Asked Questions.

After you have received the letter of notification about the availability of participating in the programme from the Police and Border Guard Board and have received your identity document, you will be able to register for the various training courses within the programme yourself. This is where you can do it in here.

After registering, you will be personally contacted by the instructor to confirm or discuss the time and location of the training course and other necessary details. Please make sure to carry the identity document issued by the Police and Border Guard Board on the day of the training course.

The Welcoming Programme contains a basic language training module as well as training courses on various other topics related to how life is organised in Estonia in general and how to settle in here. In total, there are 7 training modules, and you can find more detailed information about them here.

Please pay attention to the following:

– Only newly relocated immigrants aged under 15 can take part in the module for children and teenagers.

– Only the beneficiaries of international protection can take part in the international protection module.

– The beneficiaries of international protection cannot take part in the language training module within the Welcoming Programme. Estonian language training is provided to the beneficiaries of international protection in Estonia by the Ministry of Social Affairs under the Act on Granting International Protection to Aliens [1].

For further information about language learning options for the beneficiaries of international protection, please contact the Accommodation Centre for Asylum Seekers.

Who are the instructors?

– EXPAT RELOCATION ESTONIA

All the training courses (except for the international protection module) are conducted by Expat Relocation Estonia.

Expat Relocation Estonia OÜ is a company founded in 2013 and specialising in the provision of a variety of support services to expat specialists upon their arrival in Estonia. The list of the services rendered to those relocating to Estonia is a long one, including relocation process and solving various legal issues and problems related to daily life in Estonia.

He company has excellent know-how and extensive experience as well as a network of partners at its disposal for the provision of training courses for adaptation and language courses to the foreign nationals arriving n Estonia.

Contact:

For more detailed information and/or in case of any questions concerning the modules of the programme, please contact the organiser of the courses at info@settleinestonia.ee.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION

The international protection module is taught by the Estonian office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM Estonia).

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration which works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration. Since joining the IOM, the Estonian office has primarily been operating in the following spheres:

  • cultural orientation for asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection
  • assisted voluntary return and reintegration
  • cooperation in the technology domain and raising awareness among Estonian officials
  • raising public awareness

Contact:

For more detailed information and/or in case of any questions concerning the international protection module, please turn to the course organiser at internationalprotection@settleinestonia.ee.

The Welcoming Programme is an educational programme provided by the Estonian state which is intended to help the foreign nationals to adapt to Estonia and become accustomed to local life; it comprises training courses on a variety of topics and a level A1 Estonian language training course.

The content of the Welcoming Programme, eligibility criteria for participating in it and the procedure for assigning foreign nationals for the participation in the programme are established in regulation no. 34 “The Welcoming Programme” by the Minister of the Interior dated 13 August 2014.[1]

[1] https://www.riigiteataja.ee/akt/131052017004

The purpose of the Welcoming Programme lies in providing support to newly relocated immigrants in the process of immigration, adaptation and further integration by means of providing knowledge about the functioning of the state and society, organisation of daily life, employment, education and family life as well as fostering the development of basic Estonian language skills.

The Welcoming Programme is financed by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia and by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF).

The international protection module of the Welcoming Programme is financed by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia and by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).