Residence permit application for scientific research

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are coming to Finland in order to conduct scientific research or study for a Licentiate’s degree or prepare a doctoral dissertation. You are a researcher if you meet the following conditions:

  • You hold a doctoral degree or a second-cycle degree which gives you access to doctoral programmes.
  • You have been selected by a research organisation.
  • You have been admitted to the territory of an EU Member State for carrying out a research activity for which at least a second-cycle degree is normally required.

To be considered a researcher, you must have at least a master’s degree (a second-cycle degree). If you only have a bachelor’s degree (a first-cycle degree), you cannot be granted a residence permit for scientific research even if you are conducting scientific research.

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    First permit 1–2 months / 

    extended permit 1–2 months

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    First permit 2–3 months / 

    extended permit 2–4 months

  • Electronic application fee

    First permit 400 € / extended permit 200 €

  • Paper application fee

    First permit 470 € / extended permit 200 €

This is what you should do

1

Make sure you meet the requirements for the residence permit you are applying for.

2

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

3

Fill in your application.

4

Pay for your application in the e-service Enter Finland, at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

5

If you are abroad, visit a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). If you are already in Finland, book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

6

Wait for a decision. The Finnish Immigration Service will contact you if necessary.

7

Read what happens after you have applied. Check the estimated processing time of your application here.

8

You should wait for the residence permit in the same country or locality where you submitted your application and proved your identity.

General requirements for entry into Finland

Make sure you meet the general requirements for entry into Finland before you submit an application.

Requirements

You must also meet the following requirements:

1

You are a researcher.

  • You hold a doctoral degree or an appropriate higher education qualification which gives you access to doctoral programmes.
  • You have been selected by a research organisation.
  • You have been admitted to the territory of an EU Member State for carrying out a research activity for which at least a master’s degree (second-cycle degree) is normally required.

2

A research organisation has signed a hosting agreement with you.

Income requirement

You must have secure means of support

  • If you are in an employment relationship, you must be able to earn your living in Finland through gainful employment throughout the time you stay in Finland. Your salary must at least correspond to the salary specified in the collective agreement that applies to your employment relationship. If there is no general collective agreement in your sector, your gross salary must be at least EUR 1,189 per month in 2018. Read more on the page Income requirement.
  • If you are not in an employment relationship, you must have at least EUR 1,000 per month at your disposal for your living costs in Finland. You can secure your income with funds, earnings from work or even other types of income, such as a research scholarship.

Right to work

  • You cannot start working as a researcher before you get a residence permit. A residence permit for research only allows you to conduct scientific research.
  • If you apply for an extended permit, check if you have the right to work while your application is being processed.

General attachments

  • Valid passport (you must present it when you submit the residence permit application)
  • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop, OLEL_PK
  • Colour copies of the passport page containing personal data and of all passport pages that contain notes
  • Document showing that you are legally staying in the country where you submit the application
  • Form MP_1 (if you already are in Finland and apply for your first residence permit)

Application-specific attachments

  • The agreement signed by the researcher and the research organisation, containing the following information:
    • the title and purpose of the research activity or the research area;
    • an undertaking by the researcher and the research organisation to endeavour to complete the research activity;
    • the start and end date or the estimated duration of the research activity;
    • information on the legal relationship between the research organisation and the researcher;
    • information on the working conditions of the researcher, if the legal relationship between the research organisation and the researcher is an employment relationship;
    • information on the intended mobility from Finland to another EU Member State, if the mobility is known at the time when the application is submitted;
  • Clarification of income, if the legal relationship between the research organisation and the researcher is not an employment relationship.

Residence permit application for scientific research, OLE_TUT

Fill in an electronic application
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