Do I need a residence permit?

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Please read the following information regarding residence permits carefully. All students (except Nordic nationals) need to either register their right of residence (EU/EEA students) or apply for a residence permit (other students).

The Finnish Immigration Service is the government authority responsible for issuing residence permits in Finland. Begin by visiting their website for definite information about residence permits. You can also contact the Finnish embassy closest to you for more information. You can find their contact information on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Please note that being admitted to Hanken does not automatically mean that your application for a residence permit in Finland will be approved. The two processes are completely separate and handled by different authorities.

Any student who submits a residence permit application must attach details of their comprehensive health insurance cover to their application.

Please download:

Immigrations Services information leaflet and residence permit checklist: 

Summary concerning the residence permit requirements per group

Nationals of the Nordic countries

If you are a citizen of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, or Iceland, you do not need a residence permit to study in Finland. Citizens of the Nordic countries may reside, work, and study in Finland without any limitations.

Nationals of the Nordic countries who intend to reside in Finland for more than six months, must register their residency in Finland within one week after moving to Finland. Registration should be done in person at the Local Register Office. More information on mobility between the Nordic countries can be obtained from the Norden website.

Nationals of the EU or EEA countries

All students (except nationals of the Nordic countries) need to register their right of residence if the period of study in Finland exceeds three months. The right to reside in Finland is valid until further notice. Please see the Finnish Immigration Services for details concerning the registration.

You may apply for the registration of your right of residence online at the the e-service of the Immigration Services (NOTE! Online registration requires that you have Finnish online banking services). 

The following documents will be required for your application:

  • A completed EU registration form (online or paper format)
  • A valid passport or national proof of identity
  • The acceptance letter issued by Hanken
  • An account of your financial situation
  • A certificate of valid health insurance
  • An official passport photo

When filling out the application you will be required to pay a processing fee of EUR 54. When you have completed your application, book an appointment in the appointment system of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity or present original copies of any supplements needed in the application. The Finnish Immigration Service will not begin processing your application before you visit one their service point.

If you do not have Finnish online banking codes, the application can also be submitted at one of the service points of the Finnish Immigration Service.

Students of other nationalities (not citizens of the EU, EEA, Nordic countries, or Switzerland)

Students from countries that are not part of the EU/EEA, or any of the aforementioned, who wish to stay in Finland for more than 3 months, must be in possession of a residence permit when entering the country. Please note that it is important that you submit your application for a residence permit as soon as possible and that you make sure to enclose all of the required documents at once. If your application is not complete, the process will take a lot longer and you might not obtain your residence permit before the start of term at Hanken.

You may find the application process described on the Finnish Immigration Services's website or on the information sheet in the beginning of this page.

The application for a residence permit is submitted online through the e-service of the Immigration Services. Applicants must thereafter visit the Finnish embassy in their home country (or country of residence) to verify their identity and to present the original copies of any supplements needed for the application. If you are not a citizen of the country where you submit your application, you must prove that your residence is legal under the legislation of the country in question. A residence permit or a visa is usually presented as proof of legal residence.

The fee is EUR 300 for the online application (EUR 360 for an application on paper). The application for a residence permit for the purpose of studies must be submitted immediately when you receive the letter of admission to Hanken, as it can take several months for the application to be processed by the authorities.

The following documents will be required for your application:

  • The acceptance letter issued by Hanken
  • A certificate of sufficient funds (this is normally done by showing proof of having at least EUR 6,720 through a bank statement, a certificate of a scholarship, or similar proofs)
  • A certificate of sufficient health insurance
  • A passport (valid for at least a year after arriving in Finland)
  • A passport photo
  • Official translations of the required enclosures if the documents are not issued in Finnish, Swedish, or English

Note! All students at Hanken are required to have a Finnish personal identity code which will be registered in Hanken’s study register Oodi. We recommend that you apply for a Finnish personal identity code with your residence permit so that you already have the code when arriving in Finland.

Applicants already residing in Finland

You may apply for an extension of your residence permit online thorugh the e-service of the Immigration Services (NOTE! Online registration requires that you have Finnish online banking services). This should be contacted well before the residence permit expires.

The following documents will be required for your application:

  • The acceptance letter issued by Hanken
  • A copy of a valid passport
  • Evidence that the applicant’s finances will cover all expenses in Finland or a statement of financial support (grant, loan, family support)
  • A certificate of health insurance
  • A passport photo

Finnish identification number

All students at Hanken are required to have a Finnish personal identity code which will be registered in Hanken’s study register Oodi. It is possible to apply for a Finnish identification number when you apply for your residence permit. You can also obtain a code upon arrival while registering at your municipality's Local Register Office. We recommend that you apply for a Finnish personal identity code with your residence permit, so that you already have one when you arrive in Finland.

Please note that you must inform the Office of Study Affairs when you obtain a Finnish personal identity code/social security number. For more information, please visit the page of the Local Register Offices.