If you are not an EU/EEA citizen you must obtain a residence permit from the nearest Finnish embassy or consulate in your home country.
You can apply electronically online
A visit to the embassy/consulate is needed for the biometrical identification. You must obtain residence permit before you arrive in Finland.
You also need to be able to prove that you have necessary funding (560 €/month).
When you apply for a residence permit, please ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System.
By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code already before arrival, which will make your life in Finland easier.
You'll need the Finnish personal identity code when opening a Finnish bank account.
Please see detailed information about the residence permit application at the Finnish Immigration Service webpage.
It is also important to check if a visa is required to enter the Schengen area.
EU/EEA citizens must register their right to reside in Finland as a student if their stay lasts longer than three months.
- You can start the process in advance online (recommended)
- Or you can register at the Service Point in Raisio within 3 months after arriving in Turku.
- Finnish Immigration Service's instructions
- When registering, make sure to have your passport (or national ID card), a passport-sized photograph, proof of you registration at UTU, money for a fee (45€) and the application form.
When you register your right to reside in Finland, please ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System.
Citizens of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland) are registered at the Register Office if their stay in Finland lasts longer than six (6) months.
Photo: Paula Ollikainen 2011