1. The applicant receives a study place in Finland and accepts it. He or she should apply for a residence permit as soon as possible.
2. The applicant fills in an application, making sure that he or she has all the attachments required. If necessary, the applicant has the documents translated and legalised.
3. The applicant pays for the application either in the online service Enter Finland, at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.
4. The applicant proves his or her identity and has his or her fingerprints taken. If the applicant is abroad, this can be done by visiting a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or one of the service points of a commissioned service provider, VFS Global. If the applicant is in Finland, he or she visits one of the service points of the Finnish Immigration Service. Applications for a first residence permit for studies are primarily submitted abroad.
5. The application is transferred to the Finnish Immigration Service for processing.
6. If the application was submitted at a Finnish mission, the applicant waits for the decision abroad. If the application was submitted at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service, the applicant waits for the decision in Finland. The applicant can follow the processing of the application in Enter Finland.
7. After receiving the decision and a residence permit card, the applicant can move to Finland. The card is sent to the Finnish mission where the applicant submitted the application. If the application was submitted in Finland, the card is sent to the applicant’s address in Finland that was given on the application.