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Immigration Information

Great that you have chosen Finland and HAMK as your study destination! When it comes to the immigration issues, we would like to remind you that you should treat all issues relating to your Finnish immigration with the appropriate seriousness.

All matters relating to immigration in Finland are administered through Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI. The website provides immigration information in many different languages, processing times for student residence permits, appeal procedures, a flowchart for the residence permit process with Finnish diplomatic missions abroad, and information about other immigration matters.

Note that students from EU/EEA countries, from the Nordic countries, and from the non-EU/EEA countries will have separate immigration processes. Students from the UK are affected by the withdrawal agreement of Brexit. Make sure that you follow the immigration instructions designated for the specific group to which you belong.

Residence permit or right of residence

No matter if you are an exchange student or studying for the whole degree, the first thing to do is to find out if you need a residence permit for studying in Finland. Please check the most updated information at Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI. Immigration process varies for the following four specific groups: (1) non-EU/EEA citizens; (2) EU/Switzerland/Lichtenstein citizens; (3) Nordic citizens; (4)  British citizens.

Students coming from non-EU/EEA countries

If you are coming to study at HAMK from outside the EU/EEA countries, it is compulsory to apply for a residence permit for study. Apply for the residence permit as soon as possible – right after you receive the acceptance of letter. The processing time can be over two months during peak application times, which are July – August and November – December.  We at HAMK look forward to meeting you at the start of the semester.

Start your application for the first residence permit for studies at MIGRI Online Service. We highly recommend you apply via the online service because it will speed up the application process and it costs less than the paper application. After you have submitted your application, you need to visit a Finnish embassy or consulate in person to prove your identity and to have your fingerprints collected.

When you apply for your residence permit at MIGRI, please also ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code, which is compulsory to have.

If you have a valid residence permit for studies issued by another EU Member State and if your studies are covered by a Union or multilateral programme that comprises mobility measures or by an agreement between two or more higher education institutions, you have the right to carry out part of your studies in Finland. Submit a mobility notification to Finnish Immigration Services, you can study in Finland for a period up to 360 days.

If your studies are not covered by a programme or an agreement mentioned above or if you want to study in Finland for more than 360 days, you must apply for a residence permit in Finland.

Students from EU member countries, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein

If you are coming to study at HAMK from EU member countries, Lichtenstein, or Switzerland (full list of countries), you do not need a resident permit for Finland. Instead, you need to register your right of residence at Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI. You can start the process by sending an application online before you arrive in Finland.

To complete the registration process, you will have to visit a Finnish Immigration Services MIGRI office within three months of your arrival in Finland. After you send out the application, make sure to book an appointment ahead of time. We recommend you start the application process as soon as you arrive in Finland. (Please observe that if you are a Nordic citizen, you register your right of residence at Digital and Population Data Services Agency DVV, see the sub-section below).

When you register your right of residence at MIGRI, please also ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code, which is compulsory to have.

Students from the Nordic countries

If you are from one of the Nordic countries (list of Nordic countries), you do not need a resident permit for Finland. Instead, you need to register your right of residence within three months of your arrival at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency DVV. Schedule an appointment at the DVV office where you live for the duration of your studies at HAMK beforehand.

  • Students from Valkeakoski Campus – DVV office in Tampere
  • Students from Hämeenlinna, Evo, Forssa, Lepaa, Mustiala, and Riihimäki Campuses – DVV office in Hämeenlinna

When you register your right of residence at a DVV office, please also ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code, which is compulsory to have.

Students from the United Kingdom

As a British citizen or a family member of a British citizen, if you arrive in Finland for the first time after 31 December 2020, you need to apply for a residence permit in the same manners as other persons from outside EU countries.

Find out what permit you need as a British citizen or as a family member of a British citizen here: https://migri.fi/en/i-want-to-apply/brexit

More information about entering Finland for students under the withdrawal agreement of Brexit can be found here: https://enterfinland.fi/eServices/info/brexitpermits

Residence permit for family members

If your family member is coming with you to Finland, you can find information at residence permit on the basis of family ties.

Initial costs to be considered

Whether you are applying for a residence permit for studies or registering your right of residence in Finland, there are some initial costs to be considered. A careful preparation of financial resources will help speed up your application or registration process fast.

Proof of incomes

If you need to have a residence permit to study in Finland, you must provide proof of having at least €560 per month to support your livelihood in Finland. For one year of residence, you will therefore need €6,720 in total in your own bank account. If you want a residence permit that is valid for two years, you need to have at least €13,440 in your bank account.

Read more:

Finnish Immigration Services MIGRI: Income requirement for students

Tuition fees

If you need to pay for the tuition fees for your degree studies at HAMK, you need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds for your tuition fees in your application for the residence permit.

Read more:

HAMK Student Services: Tuition fees and scholarship programme

StudyInfo Finland: Am I required to pay tuition fees?

Application fee for residence permit / right of residence

The application for a residence permit is subject to fees. If you apply through MIGRI online services, the cost is €350 for the first permit. If you choose to apply through paper, the cost is €450 for the first permit.

For registration of right of residence (citizens of EU/EEA countries), the application fee is €54 for both online application and paper application.

Read more:

Finnish Immigration Services:

Residence permit application for studies

Registration of right of residence

International insurance

In order to get a residence permit or register your right of residence, you must take private insurance that can cover your medical expenses. HAMK also requires all foreign students to have extensive insurance coverage for their studies. The insurance must be valid when you arrive in Finland. The insurance fee depends on the insurance you take out. If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), you then do not need to take out other insurance.

Read more:

Finnish Immigration Services: Insurance requirements for international students in Finland

Finnish identity code (Social Security Number SSN)

All new foreign students need a Finnish personal identity code. The Finnish identity code (also known as social security number SSN) is a unique, personal number. It is compulsory to have if you live in Finland permanently or for a long period of time (more than three months). It is used for personal identification and is required by many authorities and institutions such as hospitals, banks, police office, and Finnish Social and Health Care Services – Kela. It is also needed for HAMK’s student register.

Students from non-EU/EEA countries

As student from non-EU/EEA country, you should ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System when you apply for your first residence permit. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish identity code upon being granted a residence permit.

If you do not have a Finnish identity code by the time you arrive in Finland, you need to apply for it by visiting the Digital and Population Data Services (DVV).

Remember to schedule an appointment at the DVV office where you live beforehand.

  • Students from Valkeakoski Campus – DVV office in Tampere
  • Students from Hämeenlinna, Evo, Forssa, Lepaa, Mustiala, and Riihimäki Campuses – DVV office in Hämeenlinna

Students from EU/EEA countries

When you register your right of residence at MIGRI, please also ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code, which is compulsory to have.

Students from Nordic countries

When you register your right of residence at DVV office, please also ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code, which is compulsory to have.

Read more:

Finnish Digital and Population Data Services DVV: Service locations of DVV

Finnish Immigration Services MIGRI: Service points of Finnish Immigration Services

Registration of municipality of residence

After you arrive in Finland, you should visit the Digital and Population Data Services DVV by appointment to register your municipality of residence in Finland. You should do the registration by visiting the DVV office located at the municipality of your residence

  • Students from Valkeakoski Campus – DVV office in Tampere
  • Students from Hämeenlinna, Evo, Forssa, Lepaa, Mustiala, and Riihimäki Campuses – DVV office in Hämeenlinna

The municipality of residence gives you the right to use the services provided by the municipality. You can set your permanent address, temporary address and postal address when doing the registration. The municipality of residence is also needed for a obtaining a Finnish identity card and a driving license.

Read more:

Finnish Digital and Population Data Services DVV

Registration of municipality of residence

Service locations of DVV

Finnish identity card (ID card)

You can apply for a Finnish identity card if you live in Finland permanently based on a residence permit (non-EU/EEA countries) or on your right of residence (EU/EEA countries).

Please note that Finnish identity card is different from other forms of identification such as a Finnish identity code, a residence permit, or a passport. A Finnish identity card is very important as it allows you to FULLY access different services in Finland, such as banking and telephone. Once you have a Finnish identity code, your right of residence in Finland (EU/EEA countries), and your municipality of residence registered in the Finnish Population Information System, you can make an appointment with any police office in Finland (except for the one in Helsinki airport).

You need to bring your passport, residence permit (non-EU/EEA countries) or right of residence (EU/EEA countries) and a passport photo when you visit the office.

The processing time takes about two weeks. You can pick up your Finnish identity card from the collection point of your choice.

Read more:

Finnish Police: How to apply for a Finnish identity card

Extended permit for studies

You should apply for an extended permit when your previous residence permit is about to expire. The extended permit will be granted for two years if you meet the requirements. You can also apply for an extended permit for a shorter time. You need to be able to prove your progress of studies, by for example a transcript showing the credits you have studied. It is required by MIGRI that you need to complete at least 45 credits per academic year in order for the application for an extended permit to be accepted. If you have not completed the required credits, be prepared to provide an explanation (e.g., working on your thesis). Students from EU/EEA countries do not need to renew their registration of right of residence.

Read more:

Finnish Immigration Services MIGRI:

Application for an extended permit on the basis of studies

Extended permit for studies

Working while studying

International exchange and degree students are allowed to work in Finland, with certain restrictions. Students from outside the EU/ETA countries are allowed to work for a limited number of hours per week during term time. See Working in Finland for more information.

If you work in Finland, you must pay taxes. You need to apply for a tax card and/or a tax number from the Finnish Tax Office Vero before starting to work.

HAMK offers career support services for our international students. HAMK Talents is a digital career and recruitment service that provides our students with an easy and fast platform (Tiitus) to find jobs, work placements, and thesis opportunities. Information of companies who are interested in hiring students from HAMK is gathered in Tiitus, which creates a fast and safe tunnel for our students to reach out for the job markets. Create a Tiitus profile at the beginning of your studies and supplement it as you proceed towards your studies at HAMK. You can also check Tiitus WIKI for more instructions on how to use the platform.

If you want to look for job opportunities outside of HAMK, below are some portals that you can use.

TE-services (the national vacancy services)

JobsinFinland (for English speaking jobs)

Monster.fi

Oikotie.fi

Duunitori.fi

Summer job searching usually starts in January and February. The vacancies fill up quite quickly. The collective agreement for each industry determines the minimum salary. Familiarize yourself with the employment relationship in Finland. You can also find all the rules and regulations regarding working in Finland from the Finnish Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Read more:

Finnish Immigration Services MIGRI:

Working and internships during studies

Studying in Finland

Business Finland: Work in Finland

Work after graduation

If you have studied and completed a degree in Finland,

  • you may apply for a new residence permit on the basis of work immediately after you have found a job; or
  • apply for a residence permit for seeking work if you are not yet employed.

HAMK offers career support services for our international students. HAMK Talents is a digital career and recruitment service that provides our students with an easy and fast platform (Tiitus) to find jobs, work placements, and thesis opportunities.

If you want to look for job opportunities outside of HAMK, below are some portals that you can use.

TE-services (the national vacancy services)

JobsinFinland (for English speaking jobs)

Monster.fi

Oikotie.fi

Duunitori.fi

Read more

Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI: Seeking work after graduation

Business Finland: Work in Finland

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