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Are you a student or a researcher?

You are considered to be a researcher if you arrive in Finland to study at an institution of higher education after you have completed your master’s degree. In other words, you:

  • pursue a licentiate degree;
  • pursue a doctoral degree; or
  • conduct postdoctoral research.

In addition, you must receive:

  • a scholarship of at least EUR 1,189 per month in 2018; or
  • a salary of at least EUR 1,189 per month in 2018 from an official body such as a university or a research institute.

In this case, you need to apply for a residence permit as a researcher. Note that the official sponsor who pays your salary or scholarship can be Finnish or foreign.

You may only get a residence permit as a researcher for the period of time when you receive a scholarship or a salary. If you receive a scholarship or a salary for less than 12 months, you may only get a residence permit as a researcher for this period.

Apply for a residence permit by submitting an application:

Residence permit application for scientific research, OLE_TUT

If you arrive in Finland to study at an institution of higher education after you have completed your master’s degree and you finance your studies with your own money or your scholarship or salary is less than EUR 1,189 per month in 2018, you should apply for a residence permit on the basis of studies.

Even if you finance a part of your studies with a scholarship and the rest with your own money, in most cases you will be granted a residence permit for studies for the whole year if your research is a part of your studies.

Apply for a residence permit by submitting an application:

Residence permit application for studies, OLE_OPI

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