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Checklist for students applying for their first residence permit

3.7.2017 9.34
Press release

Apply for a residence permit online as soon as you have received confirmation that you have been accepted as a student at a Finnish educational institution. You must to have a study place in order to apply for a residence permit for studying.

  • Pay the fee for the academic year, if one is charged for your studies prior to your arrival in Finland.You must attach proof of payment of this fee to your application.
  • Before filling in the application form, make sure that you have all the attachments mentioned in the instructions:
  • After sending the application, visit a Finnish embassy or consulate in your home country, or in your country of legal residence
  • Bring your passport photo and the original documents that you attached to your application via the e-service with you to the embassy.
  • At the embassy you will also have to give your fingerprints and prove your identity.

Filling in the application form online

Create a user account in the e-service and fill out the application form for a residence permit for studies.

  • Enter your name and your date and place of birth in the application form exactly as they are in your passport.
  • Remember to include all the necessary attachments.
  • Contact a Finnish embassy or consulate for an appointment to have your fingerprints taken.
  • Remember to bring your passport photo, the original attachments and your passport with you to the embassy.
  • Remember to indicate the day you plan to arrive in Finland on the application form.

You can also submit your application on paper if necessary

To submit a paper application, fill out the form OLE_OPI.

  • Make sure that you have all the necessary attachments.
  • Do not add any attachments to the application other than those requested.
  • Remember to indicate the day you plan to arrive in Finland on the application form.
  • Contact a Finnish embassy or consulate for an appointment to hand in the application and have your fingerprints taken.
  • Remember to bring your passport photo, the original attachments and your passport with you to the embassy.

All applicants must give their fingerprints at an embassy

All residence permit applicants must have their fingerprints taken at a Finnish embassy or consulate, including those who have submitted the application online. The application cannot be processed until you have visited the embassy and had your fingerprints taken. Your fingerprints must be taken at a Finnish embassy or consulate. They may not be taken at the embassies or consulates of other countries.

Your health insurance and passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Finland

If your studies last one year or more, both your insurance and your passport must be valid for at least one year from the date on which you arrive in Finland. . If your studies last less than one year, your insurance and passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Finland. More information on the insurance can be found here.

You must have secure means of support

For a one-year residence permit, you must have at least 6,720 euros available for your use. For studies lasting less than one year, you need at least 560 euros per month.

You must either have the required sum in your own bank account or present a certificate showing that you have received a scholarship or grant from an official body, such as a state, an educational institution or another organisation. Sponsorship guarantees or account statements from private persons, such as relatives, friends or employers, will not be accepted.

Processing the application

You can follow the status of your online application through in the e-service.

It is not possible to speed up the processing of your application. All applications are processed in the order they are submitted, and contacting the Finnish Immigration Service by e-mail or telephone will not speed up the processing. Please note that if you have submitted your application in paper format to an embassy or consulate, it may take several weeks for it to arrive at the Finnish Immigration Service.

Information on the processing queue for residence permit applications by students can be found on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service. Information on any exceptional situations or changes in processing times will also be available on the website.

If you are granted a residence permit, you will receive a residence permit card. It will take a few weeks to manufacture and post the card. Neither the Finnish Immigration Service nor the embassy cannot speed up the delivery of a residence permit card.

More information is available on the Finnish Immigration Service website

If you have any questions, please check the list of frequently asked questionson our website.

See also the diagram of the application process for students.

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