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Mobility notification to Finland

You can only submit a mobility notification if you are a student at a higher education institution.

You have the right to carry out part of your higher education studies in Finland if you hold a valid residence permit for studies issued by another EU Member State, and:

  • you will come to Finland as an exchange student or to complete a part of your degree through a programme financed by the European Union or by an EU Member State (such as Erasmus+ or Erasmus Mundus); or 
  • your studies are covered by an agreement between two or more higher education institutions. 
  • Expected processing time for mobility notifications

    1 month

  • Processing fee

    100 €


Submitting a mobility notification is possible if you hold a residence permit for studies issued by an EU Member State other than Denmark or Ireland. If you have a residence permit in Denmark or Ireland, you cannot submit a mobility notification.

With a mobility notification, you can study in Finland for up to 360 days.

Please note that you need to apply for a residence permit for studies instead of submitting a mobility notification if:

  • your studies in Finland will take more than 360 days; or
  • you do not participate in an exchange programme or a degree programme that involves mobility to another EU Member State.

Please be sure to include all the attachments required for your mobility notification. The Finnish Immigration Service will not send you a request asking for missing attachments.

This is what you should do


Make sure you meet the requirements for mobility.


Make sure you have all the attachments needed. If necessary, have them translated.


Fill in the notification form.


Pay the processing fee. Follow the payment instructions given in the mobility notification form. Attach a copy of the payment receipt to your notification.


Send the notification form to the Finnish Immigration Service by post or email.

When should the mobility notification be submitted?

You must submit the mobility notification before travelling to Finland. 

What details should be provided in the notification?

Your mobility notification must include the following information and documents:

  • A copy of your valid passport. Your passport must be valid throughout the entire mobility period.
  • Copy of a valid residence permit for studies granted by another EU Member State. The residence permit must be valid throughout the entire mobility period.
  • The planned duration and dates of your studies in Finland, if they are not specified in the agreement or in other documents.
  • A document proving that you have enough money to cover your living costs in Finland, for example bank statements for the past three months. You must have EUR 560 per month at your disposal.
  • Receipt proving that the processing fee for the mobility notification (EUR 100) has been paid.
  • Evidence of the programme covering your studies in Finland. These include 
    • Union and multilateral programmes  
      • Union programmes and multilateral programmes mean programmes funded by the European Union or by EU Member States that promote mobility of third-country nationals in the Union or in the Member States participating in the respective programmes.
    • agreements between two or more higher education institutions.
  • Admission letter from a Finnish higher education institution.
  • Evidence that you have paid the tuition fees charged by the Finnish higher education institution, if you need to pay a tuition fee for your studies.  You do not need to pay tuition fees if you are an exchange student and your studies are covered by an exchange programme or an agreement. For more information about tuition fees, see the website Studyinfo ( or contact your educational institution.
  • Insurance certificate. Your insurance must cover medical expenses up to EUR 120,000.

The notification is subject to a fee. Pay the processing fee in advance to the account of the Finnish Immigration Service: Danske Bank FI59 8129 9710 0117 35 or Nordea FI86 1804 3000 0154 04. If you pay the fee abroad, give the following details in your payment: Danske Bank, BIC: DABAFIHH ja IBAN: FI59 8129 9710 0117 35 tai Nordea, BIC: NDEAFIHH ja IBAN: FI86 1804 3000 0154 04. Write your name and the reference "liikkumisoikeus ja TK1_EU" in the message field. Submit your mobility notification together with proof of having paid the processing fee.

Certificate of right of residence

You will receive a certificate of your right of residence in Finland within 30 days of the date when your mobility notification is received. The decision will be sent to you by email. After submitting your mobility notification, you can arrive in Finland at any time within the period of validity of the permit issued to you by the EU Member State in question. If an objection is made against your mobility notification, you will receive a decision within 30 days and you will need to leave Finland.

Right to work

If the Finnish Immigration Service does not object to your mobility period, you can work without restrictions if your work is related to your degree. This means practical training and thesis work.

In addition, you may work in paid employment for a maximum of 30 hours per week. The number of working hours can be exceeded some weeks, as long as the average working hours are no more than 30 hours per week at the end of the year.

Mobility Notification for Student, ILMOITUS_OPI

Fill in the paper notification form