Start preparing your application immediately after receiving your acceptance letter. The entire process may take several weeks or even months. The application process is longer if you submit an incomplete application, so be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
Submit your application for a residence permit online at Online Service of the Finnish Immigration Services.
- Apply for your residence permit abroad, not in Finland.
- Please note that if you are a Bachelor's or Master's level student, you must apply for a residence permit for study. If you are a PhD student, you must apply for a residence permit for scientific research. If you are a Doctoral student in your home country but you will study only Master level courses in Helsinki, kindly contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
- Visit a Finnish embassy/consulate in person for identification and fingerprinting. All Finnish embassies and consulates are listed on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. If there is no Finnish diplomatic mission in your country, check on the finlandabroad.fi -website which embassy or consulate you need to contact.
- Your application will be processed only after you have personally visited a Finnish mission. It is very important that you will be able to attend the orientation period so book the appointment time as soon as possible.
Finnish Immigration Services processes all residence permit applications based on studying as urgent. To follow the progress of your application, log on to your electronic account. You can check the processing time of your application on this website. Remember that telephone or e-mail inquiries will not make the process faster.
If you need more information, please contact Finnish Immigration Services.