Immigration

When you have been admitted as a degree student at Novia UAS you may have to deal with some immigration issues. If you are planning to live in Finland for more than one year (for the duration of your degree studies) please follow the procedures described below.  

EU students

EU/EEA-citizens do not need a residence permit to enter Finland. However you must register your right to reside in Finland if you are planning to stay longer than three months. The Finnish Immigration Service can provide more information about the requirements.

Before Arrival in Finland

  • Make sure that you have a valid passport.
  • Make sure that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Finland.


After Arrival in Finland

  • If you are going to study in Finland for more than three months and you are an EU/EEA-citizen you must register at the local Police Department to obtain the right to reside in Finland. To register your right to study you need to prove that you have sufficient means to support yourself during your stay in Finland.
  • Citizens of Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland) must register at the Local Register Office if they stay in Finland for more than six months. Nordic citizens do not need to provide proof of funding.

 

Non-EU students

Non-EU students must obtain a visa or residence permit to enter Finland. A visa is only valid for a short period of time. If you are planning to stay for a longer period of time you need a residence permit. To obtain a residence permit for students you need to meet the requirements. The requirements are that a student has sufficient funds to support themselves for an entire year (6720 EUR, or 560 EUR/month) and a health insurance to cover any health costs during your stay in Finland. The Finnish Immigration Service can provide more information about the requirements.

Before Arrival in Finland

  • Make sure that you have a valid passport.
  • Apply for a student residence permit electronically, or at the Finnish Embassy in your country as soon as you have received your decision on student admission. The issuing of a residence permit may take a few months, applying in time ensures that you will be able to begin your studies on time.
  • Submit all the required documents for your residence permit application (student health insurance, bank statements, travel documents, admission letter etc.).
  • Wait for the Finnish Immigration Service to issue your residence permit in your home country, do not purchase airline tickets before you have received your permit from the Embassy.

 

After Arrival in Finland

  • You must register at the Local Register Office as soon as possible after arrival to obtain your personal identity code. Bring your residence permit and passport to the registration.
  • After you have stayed in Finland for the duration of your first residence permit, you must apply for an extension of your residence permit at the local Police Department. You can book an appointment electronically on the Police Department's webpages to avoid queues.
  • Please submit your application for an extension no later than three months before your residence permit expires. The processing time for extensions varies but be prepared to wait a few months for your extension to be granted by the Police Department. Please notice that you cannot travel during this time as you are required to submit your passport.