Arriving with Family?
Local municipalities offer diverse services to support immigrants´ integration and wellbeing. If you are a student at HAMK and have families living with you (or your family are planning to come to live with you in Finland), it is good to get to know the services available for you and your family members.
Residence permit or visa
In order for your family members (including your spouses and children) to move to Finland to live with you, your family members need to have a valid residence permit.
Find out the type of applications and residence permits (or visa) your family members need before planning your trip to Finland. Please notice: You need to follow the immigration process strictly.
After your family members arrive in Finland, they need to visit Finnish officials by appointment in order to complete the immigration process. The registration process is the same as HAMK students.
Info Finland: Moving to Finland
We highly recommend that students come to Finland and settle in first before bringing your family with you, as there are multiple things you will need to arrange in order for your family to have a smooth settlement.
Most importantly, please note that HAMK does NOT provide family accommodation, nor help with that. If you arrive with your family, you need to find the accommodation by yourself from private market. And there are some issues to take into consideration:
- Price level of rental houses in Finland (as everything else) is high. You can check the available private apartments and prices at https://www.vuokraovi.com/?locale=en.
- It is very difficult to get an accommodation offer when you are not in Finland.
- Private apartments do not come with electricity, so you need to make an electricity contract yourself with electricity providers. In some cases, you need to have a Finnish ID card to make such contract, and approximate time for getting a Finnish ID card is 6 weeks.
- Private apartments do not include furniture, so you need time to furnish your apartment before you can start living there.
Education for minors
The Finnish education system consists of
- early childhood education and care
- pre-primary education
- basic education
- general upper secondary education
- vocational education
- higher education
- adult education
Compulsory education applies to all 6–18-year-olds. It includes pre-primary, basic and upper secondary education. Compulsory education is for free for all age-appropriate minors in public schools. Private schools are subject to fees. Early childhood education and care is NOT for free. In other words, you need to pay for the minor´s day care.
As HAMK´s students, if you have underage children who needs a school place, you can find instructions by campus below.
If you want to apply for a place at day care, kindergarten, or basic education, you can find information and instructions on how to apply here. The application for day care must be submitted four months before the need for the care starts. If you need more support and guidance on applying for a school place at Evo, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Day care is NOT for free, you need to pay for it.
You need to inform the town of Forssa in advance if there is a need for day care or school. The application for day care must be submitted four months before the need for the care starts. You can contact the service coordinator at +358 (0)3 4141 6210 for more information. For information on education and leisure administration at Forssa, you can contact email@example.com or +358 (0)3 41 411. Day care is NOT for free, you need to pay for it.
If you want to apply for a place at day care, kindergarten, or basic education, you can find information and instructions on how to apply here. The application for day care must be submitted four months before the need for the care starts. If you need more support and guidance on applying for a school place at Hämeenlinna, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Day care is NOT for free, you need to pay for it.
You need to inform the municipality of Tammela in advance if there is a need for day care or school. The application for day care must be submitted four months before the need for the care starts. You can contact the service coordinator Paula Laakso at email@example.com for the day care.
Day care fee: Will be added
You need to inform the town of Riihimäki in advance if there is a need for day care or school. The application for day care must be submitted four months before the need for the care starts. You can contact the service coordinator Marjut Helenius at firstname.lastname@example.org or + 358 (0) 50 538 7701 for the day care. Day care is NOT for free, you need to pay for it.
You need to inform the Municipality of Valkeakoski in advance if there is a need for day care or school. The time is 4 months before the need. For example, if you need a day care starting from 1 August, you should inform on the last day of March. If you apply for a place at day care in June, you may get a place in October. Day care is NOT for free, you need to pay for it. You can contact email@example.com for more information.
Health care services
The services of Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS) are available ONLY for HAMK degree students. Family members of foreign degree students can use the local health care services.
For Evo, Forssa, Hämeenlinna, Mustiala, and Riihimäki campuses, you can find local health care services information here.
For Valkeakoski campus, you can find local health centre services information here.
Are you or your spouse pregnant and giving birth to a child while residing in Finland? There are a lot of different kinds of services and responsibilities involved. Please find out further information here.
Family benefits from KELA
About family benefits from KELA
When you move to Finland from another country, your entitlement to benefits from Kela is determined on the basis of how long you intend to stay in Finland, which country you come from and your reason for the stay in Finland. For more information: https://www.kela.fi/international-situations.
Read through the instructions carefully
Before you contact KELA or visit the local KELA office, make sure that you read the instructions on KELA´s web page carefully and fill in necessary notification or application form. See the quick guide for when you move to Finland as a student or as an family member.
If you need to contact KELA, you can contact the customer service number for students: +358 20 692 209.
About visiting KELA office
If you need to visit a KELA office, check the closest KELA customer service point here.
Job seeking in Finland – Family member
Become a customer of TE Services
If your family member lives in Finland with you and does not have a job, the family member can register as a job seeker at the local TE Office. This way, your family member becomes TE Office´s customer and is entitled to the services offered by TE Office. For information on how your family member can become a customer of TE Services´, you can visit here.
Please note, as a student at HAMK, you can also register to be a customer at TE Services. However, TE Services do not have services for full-time students.
Career guidance for spouse from HAMK
SIMHE at HAMK provides career guidance and services for immigrants with a higher education (both from abroad or from Finland). If your spouse has a higher education degree from abroad, or is interested in pursuing one in Finland, your spouse can contact Katariina.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Good to know
Living and leisure time
Depending on the campus area you are going to live in with your family, living and leisure activities vary. For more information, you can visit HAMK´s webpages about living and leisure time activities here.
Finnish language learning
If your spouse is interested in learning Finnish during their leisure time, there are Finnish language courses available at https://finnishcourses.fi/.
For other information regarding bank account, foreigner’s identity card, insurance, telephone, internet, cost of living in Finland, buying and consumer rights, public transport, driving license, climate and clothing, Media and Finnish culture, you can visit the Everyday Life in Finland webpage in InfoFinland.
Integration – Kotoutuminen
Here you can find information about immigration services in Hämeenlinna (Hämeenlinna, Evo and Lepaa campuses), Riihimäki, Forssa (Forssa and Mustiala campuses) and Valkeakoski.
Info point for immigrants in Riihimäki:
Matkakeskus, Eteläinen Asemakatu 2 (opening hours: Mondays and Thursdays 10-11 & 12-15.30)
Phone service 040 716 2501 (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-15.30)