Are you a student who is either planning to study or already studying in Finland and also thinking about settling in the same country?
Well, you’ve made the right decision!
Finland has recently nabbed being the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row, all thanks to its healthcare and economy.
And in this post, we’ve shared how you can get a permanent residence (PR) permit after studying in Finland.
How to Apply for Permanent Residency (PR) in Finland
Please follow the below-mentioned step-by-step process to apply for a permanent residence (PR) permit in Finland.
#1. Apply for a Study Program in Finland
If you’re a student or a study aspirant who is planning to study & settle in Finland, you’ve made the right choice.
Finland is home to world-renowned top universities in the world offering a wide range of study programs across different industries.
And depending on your current education credentials, you can either apply for a bachelor’s or masters’ degree program.
If you need any professional assistance, you can apply through Edugo Abroad for the same.
#2. Apply for a Job at a Finnish Employer
Once you’ve completed your education program at a Finland University, you’re obviously going to apply for a job.
Now, in order to apply for Permanent Residency in Finland, you need to live there for 4 years continuously to become eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit.
And remember, studying in Finland does not count as a continuous residence.
So, to become eligible to apply for permanent residency in Finland, you need to either get a job at a Finnish employer and work there for 4 years continuously after finishing your education program.
Or, you need to have close family relations with someone who is already a Finnish citizen.
#3. Continue Your Residence for 4 Years
Once you complete living in Finland for 4 years, you can finally start the process of applying for permanent residency in Finland.
However, it is important to note that you should not send your PR application earlier than 3 months before completing your 4 year period.
Moreover, you’re also allowed to legally reside in Finland while your PR application is under process as long as you have submitted your PR application in time.
#4. Start the Permanent Residency (PR) Application
After you have lived in Finland for 4 years continuously, it’s finally time to start the PR application process.
To apply for PR in Finland, fill in the application through the ‘Enter Finland’ online service.
Next, submit all the required documents in your online PR application:
- Valid Passport
- Passport Photo
- Color Copies of all Passport pages
- Clarification of income that proves a sufficient amount of funds
Lastly, submit your PR application and pay the service fee of 190 EUR online.
Alternatively, you can also pay the service fee when you visit the Finnish Immigration Service.
#5. Book Your Appointment at the Finnish Immigration Service
Now, the next step is to Book Your Appointment at the Finnish Immigration Service.
During the appointment booking process, you can select at which service point you wish to visit.
#6. Visit Finnish Immigration Service on Scheduled Appointment Date
After you’ve booked your appointment, visit the selected service point on the scheduled appointment date, and prove your identity by getting your fingerprints taken & showing the original documents that you submitted in the online application.
#7. Allow Some Time for Your PR Application to Get Processed
Now, it’s time to wait for your PR application to get processed.
Usually, it takes about 1 or 2 months for Finland immigration officials to process your online PR application.
And if necessary, the Immigration service officials will contact you.
Alternatively, you can also complement your PR application online through the ‘Enter Finland’ online service.
#8. Wait for the Decision
Once the Finnish Immigration Service makes the decision on your PR application, you will receive a text message or email. You can also check the decision in your ‘Enter Finland’ account.
The process of applying for Permanent Residence (PR) in Finland is simple but not easy as well.
But, if you follow the above steps, you can successfully get Permanent Residence (PR) in Finland.
The most important thing you have to remember is, you need to first enroll in an education program at a Finland University. And if you need any help in this process, you can apply to study in Finland through Edugo Abroad.
We will provide a dedicated expert counselor who will assist you from choosing the right study program at your favorite Finnish university to obtaining your student visa and everything in-between.
For further information, please visit our website or contact us for consultation.