NOTE! As of 1 January 2017 the Finnish Immigration Service (MIGRI) will be responsible for accepting applications for residence permits as well as other permits for foreign nationals (including EU-citizens residence registration). Until the end of 2016 applications were submitted to the local police department but from the beginning of 2017 MIGRI will handle all the applications. Read more information from MIGRI's webpages.
EU-citizens and citizens of Liechtenstein and Switzerland do not need the residence permit for Finland but they must apply for a right to reside in Finland, if the studies last for more than three months. EU-citizen's registration is done at the MIGRI's service point in Helsinki (street address: Käenkuja 3 A3). It is advisable to book an appointment well beforehand!
Note! You have a possibility to request for Finnish personal id-code in the same time when registering the residence as EU-citizen. It is advisable to request for this id-code since it makes many things easier (e.g. opening a bank account, usage of diginal student card is dependant on Finnish id-code etc.) easier in Finland. If you will get the id-code, please remember to inform also Aalto University Student Services about it.
It is strongly recommend to submit the application electronically via EnterFinland.fi service. However, a personal visit at Migri service desk with original documents is still required. Make sure to book an appointment to MIGRI well in advance because waiting times are really long.
Citizens of the Nordic countries (Denmark, including the Faroe Islands and Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) are registered at a Register Office (Maistraatti) if their stay in Finland lasts longer than 6 months. Therefore, if you plan to stay in Finland for longer than 6 months and you are moving from one Nordic country to another, you must inform Maistraatti / Magistrate and visit the office to prove your identity. Your details are then transferred electronically from the country of origin to the destination country. If you stay in Finland less than 6 months you can still register at Maistraatti but the move to Finland is considered as temporary by its nature. Please read more information from the webpages of Finnish Maistraatti.
Residence permits for studies are usually granted for one year at the time. Remember to apply for extension for your residence permit before your first permit expires. You must submit an application for extension to MIGRI in Finland. Note that extensions can only be applied in Finland, not from abroad. If you are forced to apply for your next residence permit abroad instead of Finland, you will need to apply for a new permit again (not extension).
Application for the residence permit extension can be made electronically via EnterFinland.fi service. However, you will still need to visit at the MIGRI Service point with original documents and to pick up a new residence permit card.
Please note that processing times for extension vary quite a lot in different cities, also within Helsinki metropolitan area. Therefore, it is recommended to apply for extension well in advance before your current permit expires (not more than three months before). However, make sure to book an appointment to MIGRI well in advance because waiting times are really long.
In order to get the residence permit renewed, you must prove that you are still registered at the university, that ou have still some valid study time left and you have proceeded in your studies (i.e. earned credits). The valid health insurance is also required! You need the following enclosures (MIGRI may also ask for other documents if necessary):
Note that as of 1 January 2017 Finnish Immigration Service (MIGRI) will handle all the applications of foreign nationals. You should submit the application for extension to MIGRI's service point in Helsinki (street address Käenkuja 3 A3). Read more here.