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Check if you need a residence permit

Check whether you need a residence permit or not. Check that the residence permit for studies is the right permit for you.


Get ready for applying for the permit

Read the requirements for a residence permit for studies and prepare the attachments that are needed for the application. As a final step, you can download a checklist of the attachments you must add to your application.


Apply for a permit online

Fill in, pay for and submit your application in the online service Enter Finland


Prove your identity

Book an appointment to visit a Finnish mission or a VFS Global application centre in your country of residence to prove your identity.


Follow the processing of your application

You can follow the processing of your application online in Enter Finland and by asking Kamu the chatbot about your application.


Read the decision and receive your residence permit card

You can read the decision online in Enter Finland. If the decision is positive, your residence permit card will be sent to the mission you visited.


Prepare for your life in Finland

Read here about the Finnish personal identity code, about registering your home address and family relations and about getting a municipality of residence. In addition, check here how much you are allowed to work during your studies.