In general, a foreign citizen must carry a valid passport in order to enter Finland. Finland is a Schengen country and checks at the common borders have been abolished. The Schengen Area consists of EU member states (apart from the United Kingdom and Ireland) together with Norway, Iceland and Switzerland. Nevertheless, citizens of Schengen countries must have a passport or an internationally recognised official identity card during their stay in Finland. We recommend those coming from the Schengen countries to bring a passport with them. It is absolutely necessary in case you desire to travel outside the EU from Finland, for example on study tours to Russia.
Visa and residence permit
EU citizens and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can enter Finland freely and stay for 3 months. If they stay longer than 3 months, they must register their right of residence at the Finnish Immigration Service . Please note that if you travel outside the Finnish borders, you will be able to stay again for 3 months in Finland without registration.
Non-EU citizens entering Finland must apply for a residence permit for studying at the nearest Finnish Embassy or Consulate with the admission documents provided by the university. When applying for a residence permit, you must have sufficient financial resources to cover your living expences in Finland. You are expected to have at least 560 €/month at your disposal. For more info: Finnish Immigration Service
It is possible to apply for the Finnish personal identity code when applying for a residence permit. We recommend that the students should apply for the Finnish personal identity code. Having the code already on your arrival makes it easier to take care of many practical things at the beginning of your stay in Finland.
Please note that you should not come to Finland with a tourist visa since they cannot be extended in Finland.
In the Local Register Office (maistraatti) you can
-do the Registration of a Foreigner
-apply for the Finnish Personal Identity Code
-apply for the Place of Residence
-submit the Notification of Move
All UEF students should have a Finnish personal identity code so if you don’t have it already, please visit the Local Register Office. After you receive the identity code, please inform the UEF Student Services about it: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you stay in Finland for longer than a year, please visit the Local Register Office for getting the Place of Residence because that entitles you to use some of the services, for example the public health care.
Citizens of the Nordic countries do not need residence permits, but if they stay in Finland for more than six months, they are advised to register at a local register office. The information that is registered is used for various purposes, such as for elections, taxation, health care, judicial administration and statistical purposes.
When visiting the Local Register Office, always bring your passport/ID, study certificate, and your residence permit if you have one.
International students are allowed to work in Finland without a work permit for an average of 25 hours per week during academic semesters and full-time during holidays. Additional information about work permits.