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Residence permit application for a researcher

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are coming to Finland in order to conduct research, study for a licentiate degree or prepare a doctoral dissertation. You can be granted either a residence permit for research under the Directive or a national residence permit for research.

When applying, you do not need to know which of the residence permits you are applying for. The Finnish Immigration Service will investigate which permit you can be issued with.

A first residence permit for research can be granted for a maximum of two years.

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    First permit 1-2 months / 

    extended permit 1-2 months

  • Expected processing time for paper application

    First permit 2 - 3 months / 

    extended permit 1-2 months

  • Electronic application fee

    First permit 380 € / extended permit 160 €

  • Paper application fee

    First permit 480 € / extended permit 430 €

Residence permit for research for a person who holds a master’s degree (a second-cycle degree)

You may be issued with a residence permit for research under the Students and researchers Directive (EU) 2016/801, if 

  • you hold a master’s degree (a second-cycle degree) and
  • you have signed an agreement on research activity (a hosting agreement) with a research organisation. 

If you are granted a residence permit under the Directive, you have the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the EU. This means that if you have signed an agreement on research activity with a research organisation in Finland, you can conduct part of the research in a second EU Member State. In that case, you should ask the competent authorities of the second EU Member State if you need to submit a mobility notification. 

A residence permit under the Directive is a continuous residence permit (an A permit).

You cannot be granted a residence permit for research under the Directive in the following situations:

  • You are applying for asylum in Finland. 
  • You have been granted international protection in an EU Member State.
  • You have received a decision on deportation from Finland.

Residence permit for research for a person who holds a bachelor's degree (a first-cycle degree)

You may be issued with a national residence permit for research, if

  • you hold a bachelor’s degree (a first-cycle degree) and
  • you have signed an agreement on research activity (a hosting agreement) with a research organisation. 

If you are issued with a national residence permit for research, 

  • you do not have the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the EU. This means that you can conduct research only in Finland.

Depending on the length of the agreement signed by the research organisation and the researcher, a national residence permit for research can be temporary (a B permit) or continuous (an A permit). If the duration of the agreement is less than two years, you can be granted the B permit. If the duration of the agreement is two years or more, you can be granted the A permit.

You may be issued with a national residence permit for research even if you have applied for or received international protection in an EU Member State or in Finland. A national residence permit for research may be granted also if you have received a decision on deportation from Finland.

This is what you should do

Prepare:

Fill in the application:

Right to work

  • If you are in Finland when you are applying for a residence permit, you have the right to work as a researcher already before you get a residence permit. In this case, you must reside in Finland legally (you have a valid visa or you are allowed to stay in Finland without a visa). However, your right to work will end after three months at the latest, or even earlier if your visa expires.
  • Once you are granted a residence permit, you can also do other types of work while working as a researcher. You must, however, work full-time as a researcher and make progress in your research work. When you apply for an extended permit, the Finnish Immigration Service will check that you are making progress with your research work and that scientific research is still the main purpose of your stay in Finland.
  • If you apply for an extended permit, check if you have the right to work while your application is being processed.

Your residence permit can be either an A permit or a B permit

If you hold

  • a master’s degree, you will be granted an A permit, that is, a continuous residence permit.
  • a bachelor’s degree, you will be granted a B permit, that is, a temporary residence permit.

Read more about residence permit types.

Residence permit application for scientific research, OLE_TUT

Fill in an electronic application

Extended permit for a researcher, OLE_TUT

Fill in an electronic application