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Residence permit application for studies

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are moving to Finland to study and you have been accepted as a student at an educational institution in Finland. The educational institution can be a university, a university of applied sciences, a general upper secondary school or a vocational education institution. You may apply for a residence permit for studies, if

  • your studies lead to a degree or a vocational qualification, or
  • you are coming to Finland as an exchange student.

You cannot be granted a residence permit for studies, if your studies mainly consist of distance learning online and do not require you to stay in Finland. If you wish to visit Finland for a shorter period of time, find out whether you can get a visa. For information on extended permits, see the page Extended permit for studies.

Before applying, watch our video about students’ residence permits. The video will show you how to apply for a student’s residence permit in Finland. 

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    First permit 1-2 months

  • Expected processing time for paper application

    First permit 2-3 months

  • Electronic application fee

    First permit 350 €

  • Electronic application fee, minor holder

    First permit 240 €

  • Paper application fee

    First permit 450 €

  • Paper application fee, minor holder

    First permit 270 €

This is what you should do


Fill in the application:

Residence permit application for studies, OLE_OPI

Fill in an electronic application