Immigration

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Coronavirus update

Please note that the following Finnish embassies are not processing student visas at the moment: New Delhi, Abuja, Nairobi, Addis Abeba, Manila, Alger, Buenos Aires, Ankara/Damaskos, Hanoi, Katmandu, Santiago de Chile, Windhoek, and Nur-Sultan.

Finnish embassies 

You are Duration Permit When  Application
NOT citizen of an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland Over 3 months Residence Permit Before arrival www.migri.fi -> E-service
NOT citizen of an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland (and not from a visa-free country) Less than 3 months Visa Before arrival Visa application
NOT citizen of an EU member state, but you have a valid residence permit issued by another EU Member State Over 3 months Mobility notification Before arrival Mobility notification to Finland
Citizen of EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland Over 3 months Right to reside After arrival Right to reside application 

 

Residence permit

Students who are NOT citizens of an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland have to apply for a residence permit if the studies in Finland last for longer than 90 days.

If you are a citizen of an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland, you are not required to have a residence permit for Finland.

Mobility notification

If you have a valid residence permit for studies issued by another EU Member State and you will study at Haaga-Helia UAS via student exchange programme (Erasmus+, Nordplus, or bilateral), you do not have to apply for a residence permit to Finland. Instead, you should make a mobility notification to Finland.

Please make sure that you submit all the required documents. If something is missing, the Immigration Service will automatically object to your notification and you will have to pay the fee again.

Visa

If your studies take less than 90 days to complete, apply for a visa. You may study in Finland for 90 days without a visa or residence permit if you are a citizen of a visa-free country.

EU/EEA citizen's right of residence registration

If you are a citizen of an EU member state, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland you do not need a residence permit to stay in Finland. You can stay and work freely in Finland for up to three months. You need to have a valid identity card or passport. If your stay lasts for more than three months you have to register your right of residence. You are recommended to register AFTER arrival in Finland.

Finnish Immigration Service  Register your right of residence

Finnish personal identity code

All international exchange students who do not have a Finnish personal identity code have to apply for it before their arrival or register at the local registry office after their arrival to Finland to apply for one. Normally ESN-Helga tutors will help take you to register to the local registry office during the orientation to apply for the code. Students who have to apply for a residence permit/visa (i.e. non-EU/non-EEA citizens) before their arrival in Finland should ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System when they apply for their first residence permit. This way you can receive a Finnish personal identity code at the same time as they are issued with the permit. 

Please note that not all nationalities will be able to get the identity code when applying for the residence permit/visa. In this case, you should apply for the code after your arrival in Finland.

How to apply for the Finnish personal identity code

You have to apply for the personal identity code from the local Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV) of the city where you are living in Finland.

Before visiting your local DVV, fill in the Registration information of a foreigner form. Remember to take with you the Registration information of a foreigner form and your following documents when you return the application to your local registry:

  • passport (or other ID)
  • Haaga-Helia certificate of attendance (included in your welcome envelope which you will receive normally from your tutor during your pick-up)

Please note that it can take approximately 4 weeks to get the code. After you have received the personal identification code, remember to inform it to International Services. Universities are obliged to collect the code for administrative purposes. You also need it if you wish to apply for the electronic student union card. The International Office will instruct you on how to inform the code. For security reasons, do not inform the code to us by email.

For residence permit holders, the code (your birth date + xxxx, e.g. 29.10.1990 - xxxx) will be marked on your residence permit card.

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