Foreign nationals need to have a residence permit to stay in Finland for three months or longer. If you will be working in Finland, you will also need a residence permit for a shorter stay.
You can apply for a residence permit only in person at a Finnish mission in the country where you are residing legally. An employer or a family member living in Finland cannot submit an application on behalf of the applicant.
All residence permit applications are processed by the Finnish Immigration Service. The Embassy will accept the application and forward it to the Immigration Service for decision-making.
New residence permit applications are only accepted by the Embassy with a pre-booked appointment.
Please contact the Embassy either by email or by telephone to book an appointment for your residence permit application:
All the necessary information on residence permit applications, including the forms, required documents, processing times and fees can be found from the Finnish Immigration Service website.
Please note that two copies of all the application documents need to be submitted to the Embassy along with the original documents.
You may also submit your application online through the Finnish Immigration E-Service Enter Finland. However, you must visit the Embassy you selected in the service within one month to confirm your identity, to give your fingerprints and to present the original copies of the attachments required for your application.
Please note that all applicants will be interviewed at the Embassy as part of the residence permit application. The interview will be scheduled for the next day after submitting the application.
The fingerprints of all applicants will be taken at the Embassy as they will be saved on the residence permit card. Children under the age of 6 years do not need to be fingerprinted.
The application fee fee will be paid to the Embassy's bank account according to the monthly EUR - NPR exchange rate with a payment slip given to the customer by the Embassy upon submitting the application.
All applicants need to wait for the decision abroad. The Embassy will contact the applicant after receiving the decision from the Finnish Immigration Service.
Please see the instructions below for all the necessary information on how to make your residence permit application based on studies to Finland.