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Hi All,

Probably this is the right time to start a thread for Finnish residence permit application. Most of the Finnish universities has already published their results, and the course will commence in late August or early September. The whole residence permit process may take upto 2 months. So it's better if we start discussing at the earliest.

Below is the basic information I got from the Embassy of Finland website. Feel free to add more information/comments which you might think is important to the application.

Residence Permit
A residence permit should be applied for if the intended stay in Finland exceeds 90 consecutive days. Residence permits are issued e.g. to specialists, researchers, students and persons with family ties in Finland. The most common application categories are explained below. Information about other types of categories and application forms are available at the website of the Finnish Immigration Services http://www.migri.fi

Application Process
Application hours
Residence permit applications can be submitted from Monday to Thursday from 10.00 to 12.00 hours. The applicant has to submit all the required documents and the application form to the Embassy in person. Missing documents will slow the process down considerably.

Application fees
The residence permit processing fee is non-refundable and will be collected when submitting the application. The fee is to be paid by demand draft and a copy of the same to be included in the application. Applicants are advised to check the fee with the Embassy as they can change in accordance with the exchange rate of the Euro.

Service Fees

Processing time
The processing time depends on the type of permit applied. Average processing time for students and workers is two months.

If residence permit is granted
The applicant or his/her representative must come to the Embassy with the applicant’s passport, to collect the residence permit sticker.

General Requirements for all Residence Permit Applications
â– Personal appearance of the applicant - all applicants are interviewed
â– Originals and one photocopy of each document must be presented
â– All applicants or their representative must fill in the residence permit application form
â– Valid passport (valid at least up to the applied duration of stay)
â– Photocopies of all relevant pages of the passport
â– Two colour photographs. It is important that the photo fulfils the requirements. See the exact quality requirements following the link below.
â– Note that additional documents not mentioned here may be requested
â– All application forms are available at the Embassy of Finland and at the Finnish Immigration Service's webpage.

Required Supporting Documents by Residence Permit Category
Residence permit for student

â– Form OLE_OPI
â– Study and work certificates from SLC level up to date
â– Acceptance letter from the educational institution
■Deposit of the equivalent of € 6.000 in applicant's own account. The applicant is required to demonstrate the source of his funds. In cases, where the applicant has received funds from elsewhere (family or others) a written statement from the sponsor, his sources of income and six months bank statement is to be included with the application.
■If studies last more than two years a health insurance covering up to € 30 000 valid min. of one year from the date student expects to arrive to Finland. If studies last less than two years, insurance coverage must be up to € 100 000
â– IELTS or TOEFL results
■E-service for student’s residence permit will open in January 2012.
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Address of Finnish Embassy in Delhi
E-3, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021, India
Tel. +91-11-4149 7500, E-mail: sanomat.nde@formin.fi.

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niwasmaskey and Morphine , Where do we submit the documents, It says we must go to the Embassy in person or is it suffiecient if we submit the documents at the respective consulates????

The application is completely electronic now. Does this mean after submitting the application, all we need to do is show the originasl on some prescribed date? Is there no need to submit notarized copies?

niwasmaskey , cud u shed some light on this???

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billa Even I have the same question. Can you please shed some light on bastian post. I couldn't get the new electronic process.

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Hasn't Anyone gone through the resident permit process for Finland?..

billa , could you kindly enlighten us with any information you might have regarding this??

Thanks..

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Morphine bastian Have you tried contacting the consulate?

I guess sometimes the past just catches up with you, whether you want it to or not.
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Well, after filling online application, you have to visit Embassy within prescribed date with all original copies and photocopies. In the embassy, they will match original cope and photocopies.


Apply online

Students who are applying the first resident permit may apply electronically. For applying electronically student has to be able to scan the required documents. Biometric identifiers are collected when student comes to the Embassy. Also the original documents must be presented. For applying electronically one has to register at Finnish Immigration Service e-service.
Finger prints

All residence permit applicants will have prints taken of all their fingers to be recorded in the Register of Aliens. Finger prints will not have taken from under 6 years old children.
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(04-30-2012 11:30 AM)niwasmaskey Wrote:  Well, after filling online application, you have to visit Embassy within prescribed date with all original copies and photocopies. In the embassy, they will match original cope and photocopies.


Apply online

Students who are applying the first resident permit may apply electronically. For applying electronically student has to be able to scan the required documents. Biometric identifiers are collected when student comes to the Embassy. Also the original documents must be presented. For applying electronically one has to register at Finnish Immigration Service e-service.
Finger prints

All residence permit applicants will have prints taken of all their fingers to be recorded in the Register of Aliens. Finger prints will not have taken from under 6 years old children.

niwasmaskey , thanks for the reply.

Please find some of my queries below.

- Should the Photocopies be Notarized by a Public Officer?
- U say we must scan the documents and upload it electronically during the application process, Am i correct?
- Apart from my own bank statement as proof of funds, they are asking to show source of funds? Does this mean i need to show the bank statement and the Salary Slips of my dad/any-family-member who would be supporting me?


Thanks once again..

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Well, in my case, after filling application, I went to embassy with my original copies and they notarised documents themselves after seeing original copies. But, you may inquire embassy once before you apply.

yeah, you have to show them source of funding for your sponsor. for my case, I have shown my parents salary certificate, last 6 months bank statement(showing transfer of 6000 Euros in your account), all the bank balance we had(showing movable assets), i guess that would be enough.
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(04-30-2012 01:08 PM)niwasmaskey Wrote:  Well, in my case, after filling application, I went to embassy with my original copies and they notarised documents themselves after seeing original copies. But, you may inquire embassy once before you apply.

yeah, you have to show them source of funding for your sponsor. for my case, I have shown my parents salary certificate, last 6 months bank statement(showing transfer of 6000 Euros in your account), all the bank balance we had(showing movable assets), i guess that would be enough.

Thanks a lot niwasmaskey , there was something about Scanning and uploading electronic copies. Could you elaborate on that please? ...

Thanks one again for your time.

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niwasmaskey Unlike German Visa process where we need to open a blocked account with around 7000 EUR, we don't need the same in Finnish resident permit?

I mean transferring funds of 6000 EUR in a local bank(say ICICI) would suffice and the account should be on my name, not a joint account?

Also, do we need to show the transaction statement of transferring 6000 EUR in my account to the embassy / on the online application where we need upload our required docs.

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billa No I haven't tried contacting the consulate yet. May be in a week or so. When you applied for Finland resident permit for your bachelors, was there any electronic system or it is something newly introduced.

Any further info regarding the procedure will be highly appreciated.

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Morphine No, that was long time ago. I had to go to embassy to apply, and collect the passport.
Regarding the bank statement, you don't need to open any account in Finland to apply for the residence permit. In fact you can not use any of the Finnish service before you arrive there and get the personal ID number. You need to have amount in your personal account, I'm not sure if they require the last few months bank statement.

I guess sometimes the past just catches up with you, whether you want it to or not.
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during browsing.... i found this regarding residence permit

"If student is accepted to study in Finland a deposit of 6000 euros must be made to student's own account. When residence permit is granted, € 6000 must be carried to Finland as a traveller's cheque or bank draft. When opening an account students are adviced to check if bank issues traveller's cheques or bank drafts for euros. The border control is not entitled to let any student enter the country who do not have the the money with them on arrival."

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Is it ture?
do you guys know any bank that issue Drafts in euros .... i think it will be wise to open an account in that bank

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(05-02-2012 08:37 PM)thewho Wrote:  during browsing.... i found this regarding residence permit

"If student is accepted to study in Finland a deposit of 6000 euros must be made to student's own account. When residence permit is granted, € 6000 must be carried to Finland as a traveller's cheque or bank draft. When opening an account students are adviced to check if bank issues traveller's cheques or bank drafts for euros. The border control is not entitled to let any student enter the country who do not have the the money with them on arrival."

@[billa] @[niwasmaskey]
Is it ture?
do you guys know any bank that issue Drafts in euros .... i think it will be wise to open an account in that bank

@[Morphine]

I am sure that the Traveler's cheques from American Express, Thomas Cook, Bank of America and Citibank are the most popular.

However, Most of the banks do offer Traveler's cheque.

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Morphine bastian thewho

What about the health insurance? Have you selected a service provider?

Quote:During your stay in Finland you must be covered by a private health insurance.

If your studies in Finland last two years or longer, your health insurance must cover medical expenses up to a minimum of 30,000 euros. Remember to apply for a home municipality at your local registry office after arriving in Finland in order to receive public health care.
If your studies last less than two years, the insurance must cover both sickness and accident related medical treatment up to a minimum of 100,000 euros.
The health insurance is required to have "no deductible".
Your health insurance must be valid on the date you arrive in Finland and for at least one year from the estimated date of your arrival in Finland.
Do not acquire a travel insurance since this is often meant for trips lasting a maximum of three months and is therefore inadequate.
Do not terminate your health insurance, it must be valid at all times in Finland.
Quote:Certificate of a health insurance indicating the following information:
• The name of the insured person
• The insurance coverage and amounts of benefit
• The validity period of the insurance
• The geographical area in which the insurance is valid

Please note about "no deductible" clause and the "geographical area" clause

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