Student: follow the processing queue on our website or in Enter Finland
We publish a weekly update on the processing queue for applications for a residence permit for studies.
If you are applying for a first residence permit for studies and you are outside Finland
We cannot start processing an application submitted in the online service Enter Finland before you have visited a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) to prove your identity. You can follow the current situation of the Finnish missions on the following websites of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs: um.fi and finlandabroad.fi.
If you are applying for an extended permit for studies
Start using strong electronic identification in the online service Enter Finland. When you are using strong identification,
- you do not necessarily need to visit a service point;
- Enter Finland will tell you whether you need to book an appointment for proving your identity at a service point or not.
Read more about strong electronic identification on the web page migri.fi/en/identification. We recommend that you use strong identification.
Applications for a first residence permit
On 15 January 2021, there are approximately 173 pending applications for a first residence permit for studies.
Applications arrived on 11 January 2021 are currently waiting to be processed.
To date, 107 applications for a first residence permit for studies have been decided since 1 January 2021.
Applications for an extended permit
On 15 January 2021, there are approximately 336 pending applications for an extended permit for studies.
Applications arrived on 9 September 2020 are currently waiting to be processed.
To date, 50 applications for an extended residence permit for studies have been decided since 1 January 2021.
Residence permit applications for studies are processed as urgent
We process all residence permit applications for studies as urgent without any separate requests.
We will contact you if we need any additional information for your application.
You can use the Processing Time Checker to check the expected processing time of your application.
Need help? See the Frequently Asked Questions page
You can find answers to most questions about resident permit for studies on the website migri.fi.
See the Frequently Asked Questions page: migri.fi/en/faq-students