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Types of Student VISAs in Finland

A. Residence Permit for Studies

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This is the ideal option for students who have been accepted to a degree program in Finland that lasts longer than 90 days. You can pursue your academic goals and enjoy the benefits of living in Finland.

Duration: You can stay in Finland for the entire duration of your studies, as long as you renew your permit before it expires. You can also apply for an extension if you need more time to complete your degree.

Work: You can work part-time during your studies, up to 25 hours per week, and full-time during holidays. This can help you gain valuable experience and earn some extra income.

Application Requirements: To apply for this permit, you need to provide proof of acceptance from a Finnish educational institution, proof of sufficient funds to cover your living expenses, proof of comprehensive health insurance, and other documents depending on your situation.

2. Short-term VISA

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This is a suitable option for students who want to attend a short course, training, or workshop in Finland that lasts up to 90 days. You can learn new skills and explore the Finnish culture and nature.

Duration: You can stay in Finland for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You cannot extend your visa or change it to another type of permit while in Finland.

Work: You are not allowed to work in Finland with this visa. You can only participate in the educational activities that are related to your visa purpose.

Application Requirements: To apply for this visa, you need to provide an invitation letter from the Finnish host organization, proof of accommodation in Finland, proof of sufficient funds to cover your travel and stay, proof of travel and medical insurance, and other documents depending on your situation.

3. Researcher's Residence Permit

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This is a special type of permit for postgraduate students or professionals who come to Finland to conduct scientific research as part of a research project. You can work as a researcher and contribute to the advancement of knowledge and innovation in Finland.

Duration: You can stay in Finland for the duration of your research project, which is usually one year. You can extend your permit if you need more time to finish your research.

Work: You can work within the scope of your research project and also take up other work opportunities for up to 25 hours per week. This can help you broaden your network and career prospects.

Application Requirements: To apply for this permit, you need to provide a research agreement that specifies the details of your research project, such as the topic, duration, funding, and supervision. You also need to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover your living expenses, proof of insurance, and other documents depending on your situation.

Finland Student VISA Process

If you are an Indian student planning to study in Finland, you may require a residence permit for your studies. You can make a VISA application following these steps:

  • Check the eligibility criteria of the residence permit for studies.
  • Check all the attachments needed.
  • Get a passport photo of you for the application.
  • If your documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, have them translated.
  • Apply for the permit online by creating a user account filling in the application for the permit, and attaching all the necessary documents.
  • Pay the processing fee for the application, which is EUR 350, and if you are under 18, the processing fee is EUR 240. After rechecking everything submit your application.
  • Book an appointment to prove your identity at a Finnish Embassy near you. Don’t forget to take all the necessary documents needed.
  • Go back to your Enter the Finland account and check if you have any requests for additional information. You will receive a message when your application is taken up for processing and a second one when the decision is made.
  • When there is a final verdict on your application you will receive a message via text or email. You can read the decision in Enter Finland.

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