Register with the authorities

After arriving in Finland you will have to register with a few relevant authorities within a certain period of time. 

 

Exchange and visiting students coming from the Nordic countries

Citizens of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) need to be registered at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in order to receive a Finnish personal identity code, which is compulsory to have in case your stay lasts at least three months (obliged by the University of Helsinki). Please note that this makes an exception to the authoritative rule of not needing to register unless the stay exceeds six months. 

Please book an appointment for Digital and Population Data Services Agency in their reservation system.

Once you have received your Finnish personal identity code please update it in the student register. You can do it by visiting the Student Services. Bring with you proof of your new identity code and your official ID.

 

Exchange and visiting students coming from EU/EEA countries

Citizens of EU/EEA countries do not need a residence permit or visa, but if your stay in Finland lasts longer than three months, you need to apply for a right to reside in Finland at the Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI. Start by filling out an application online in MIGRI's Online Service. Make sure that you have all the necessary attachments for your application and bring them with you when you visit the service point. You can book an appointment beforehand in the appointment system. 

Update on January 5, 2021: At the moment, there is a shortage of available appointment times at the service points of the Finnish Immigration Service and the Service has thus extended the deadline for identification at a service point until 30 April 2021. Customer bulletin from the end of September, 2020. 

The personal identity code is compulsory to have in case your stay lasts at least three months (obliged by the University of Helsinki) You can receive the code by asking to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System when you register your right to reside in Finland at MIGRI. Once you have received your Finnish personal identity code please update it in the student register. You can do it by visiting the Student Services. Bring with you proof of your new identity code and your official ID.

You also need to submit a notification of move about a temporary move to Finland. You can do that by visiting your local post office after arrival in Finland.

Exchange and visiting students coming from non-EU/EEA countries

As a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country, you need to apply for residence permit before arriving in Finland if you study in Finland for longer than three months.  If you have a residence permit for studies in another EU country, you may not need a residence permit to Finland but instead you must submit a mobility notification.

Check whether your residence permit card has a Finnish personal identity code. It is a number sequence with 11 characters, formed on the basis of your date of birth. If you have this code, you do not need to do any other registration process with the authorities after your arrival in Finland. You just need to submit a notification of move about a temporary move to Finland. You can do that by visiting your local post office.

If your residence permit card does not include a personal identity code, you need to ask for the registration at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency after you have arrived in Finland. Please book an appointment for DVV in their reservation system. Once you have received your Finnish personal identity code please update it in the student register. You can do it by visiting the Student Services. Bring with you proof of your new identity code and your official ID.

Degree students

When your studies in Finland last over a year, you should register with a municipality of residence (domicile) at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. Acquiring a permanent address and place of domicile entitles you to enjoy municipal benefits, including a student discount with HSL (public transport) and the right to use municipal health care (if your studies last at least two years). By registering in the Finnish Population System you will also receive a personal identity code, assuming you haven’t been assigned it by MIGRI. The personal identity code is compulsory to have in case your stay lasts at least three months (obliged by the University of Helsinki) and it is need for various services, eg. opening a bank account. Please see here under citizenship specific guidelines.

To register at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency you need to have with you:

  • your valid passport or EU citizen’s official identity card with a photograph
  • your residence permit card or some other proof that you have entered Finland legally
  • certificate of student status

Visit the Digital and Population Data Services Agency's website for more information and to book an appointment. NB! If you are in quarantine you can visit the Agency only once your quarantine is over.

Once you have received your Finnish personal identity code please remember to update it in the student register. You can do it by visiting the Student Services. Bring with you proof of your new identity code and your official ID.

Degree students coming from the Nordic countries

Citizens of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) do not need a residence permit or visa to enter Finland. However, once you are in the country you need to apply for a personal identity code and register with a municipality of residence (domicile) at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. You can book an appointment in their reservation system.

Degree students coming from EU/EEA countries

Citizens of EU/EEA countries do not need a residence permit or visa, but you need to apply for a right to reside in Finland at the Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI and you need to register with a municipality of residence (domicile) at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV). Please follow these instructions to complete the aforementioned steps.

NB! Due to the long queues at MIGRI in the autumn of 2020, we recommend that you first register your address temporarily at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in order receive the prices of a local resident for your public transport ticket (HSL). Please book an appointment for DVV in their reservation system. Please note however that you can get the student discount for your public transport ticket only once you have completed the steps mentioned above.

Degree students coming from non-EU/EEA countries

Degree students coming from non-EU/EEA countries enter Finland with a residence permit. Once in the country, you need to register with a municipality of residence (domicile) at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. If you have not yet received a personal identity code (check the reverse side of your residence permit) apply for one at the same time. Please book an appointment for DVV in their reservation system.