Finland Student Visa

If you wish to study in Finland, the country has a number of high-quality universities that deliver a wide range of degrees. You must apply for a Finland student visa if you wish to study here and are not a citizen of an EU or EEA country. If your course is shorter than 90 days, you can apply for a student visa, which is a short-term temporary visa. You must apply for a residence permit if your course lasts longer than 90 days.

The residence permit allows you to stay in Finland for one year and you can renew it once the period is over.

Required documents

You must submit the following documents with your Finland study visa application

  • Valid passport
  • Recent Color Passport photo
  • Certificate of acceptance from the educational institution in Finland
  • Details of tuition fee payments or any scholarships
  • Proof that you have enough funds to support yourself during your stay in the country
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Receipt to prove that you have paid the processing fees for the visa
  • International student health insurance
How to apply for a student residence permit

Submit your application: Fill the details in the form and apply online. Ensure you submit the documents required with your application.

Pay your application fees either online or at the Finnish embassy or consulate

Visit the Finnish embassy or consulate on the appointment date to present your biometric data

Wait for a decision: It may take 1 to 3 months to process your application

Collect your residence permit when you arrive in Finland

Working while studying

International students with a residence permit are allowed to work in Finland as long as it is relevant to their course. During the program, a student can work 25 hours per week and full-time during summer breaks.

Visas for dependents

Students with a residence permit are permitted to bring their spouse and children to Finland for the duration of the course. They would have to independently apply for a visa to enter the country. Finland’s immigration authorities will make every effort to process your applications together. To obtain their visas, you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support them during their stay in Finland.

What is the difference between a student visa and a student residence permit?

A Finland student visa is a temporary short-term permit that allows a foreign student to stay and study in Finland for a maximum of three months or ninety days.

A Finland student residence permit, on the other hand, is granted to a foreign student who wishes to stay and study in Finland for more than three months or ninety days. In general, a Generally, a student residence permit for Finland is granted for 1 year at a time.

When can I apply for the student resident permit for Finland?

For their studies in Finland, non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit (student visa).

 You can start the student residence permit application online once you obtain your official letter of acceptance.

Remember that as part of this procedure, you must personally visit a Finnish embassy or consulate. Begin your residency permit application as soon as possible, carefully following the guidelines and regulations of the immigration authorities, so that you can obtain your permit in time before the start of your course.

What are the basic requirements for residence permit for studies in Finland?
  • A valid passport and a passport size photo
  • Receipt to prove that you have paid the processing fee of 450 EUR (paper application)/350 EUR (electronic application)
  • International student health insurance policy
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