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The Finnish Student Visa

The Finland student visa, also known as a residence permit for studies, is a crucial requirement for international students planning to pursue higher education in Finland. To obtain a student visa, applicants must first secure admission to a recognized Finnish educational institution and receive a formal acceptance letter. Once accepted, students must apply for a residence permit for studies at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) or the nearest Finnish embassy or consulate in their home country. The application process typically involves submitting required documents, such as a valid passport, proof of acceptance from the educational institution, financial documentation demonstrating the ability to cover living expenses in Finland, and comprehensive health insurance coverage.

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Steps in applying for a long-term student visa for Finland

  • Financial Preparation: Ensure you have sufficient funds to cover living expenses in Finland as required by Finnish immigration authorities.
  • Health Insurance: Purchase comprehensive health insurance that meets Finnish requirements.
  • Online Application: Complete the online application for a student residence permit (Type D) on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website.
  • Required Documents Preparation:
    • Passport with validity of at least 15 months beyond the intended stay.
    • Acceptance letter from Finnish university.
    • Proof of financial means.
    • Comprehensive health insurance.
    • Passport-size photographs.
    • Completed application form.
  • Biometrics Appointment: Schedule an appointment at the nearest Finnish embassy or consulate in India for biometric data collection.
  • Application Submission: Submit your completed application form and required documents, including biometrics receipt, to the Finnish embassy/consulate in India.
  • Pay Fees: Pay the required application fee at the embassy/consulate.
  • Application Tracking: Monitor the progress of your application through the Migri website or contact the embassy/consulate for updates.
  • Decision Notification: Await notification of the decision on your student residence permit (visa) application.
  • Receive Residence Permit: If approved, receive your residence permit card (visa) from the Finnish embassy/consulate.
  • Register Residence: Within three months of arrival in Finland, register your residence at the local register office (Maistraatti).
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