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Extended permit for studies

If you have not graduated in the expected time, you may be granted an extended permit so that you can complete your studies. You must present documentation of the duration of your remaining studies. You may be granted an extended permit for the duration of your right to study. You can also apply for the permit for a shorter time.

You may be refused a residence permit, if you do not make enough progress in your studies. You must complete at least 45 credits during an academic year. If you have completed fewer credits, you must attach to your application a statement of the reasons why you have not made enough progress in your studies. If you are writing a thesis, for example, you should submit a statement from your supervisor.

Apply using the same form you used to apply for a first permit.

If you are applying for an extended permit through the Enter Finland service and have used strong electronic identification, you do not necessarily need to prove your identity and can provide your fingerprints at a service point. Enter Finland will tell you whether you have to visit a service point or whether the electronic identification is sufficient.

Application process when you are applying for an extended permit on the basis of studies

General attachments

  • Valid passport accepted by Finland ( Present your passport when you submit your residence permit application
  • A passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police, or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
    • The passport photo must be no more than 6 months old.
  • Color copies of the passport page containing personal data and all pages that contain notes