Embassy, Washington D.C.
Tel: +1-202-298 5800
Customer service for passports and residence permits:
Mon-Fri 9.00 am -12.00 pm
by appointment only
Please note: As of October 1, 2011, the Finnish Embassy no longer issues visas. Visa applicants residing in Washington DC, Virginia or Maryland should contact the Embassy of Sweden, which represents Finland in visa matters.
Consulate General, New York
Tel. +1-212-750 4400
Customer service by appoinment only: Mon-Fri 9.00 am -12.00 pm, both Mon and Thu 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Telephone inquiries: Mon-Fri 9.00 am -12.00 pm
Consulate General, Los Angeles
Tel: +1-310-203 9903
Customer service (passports & visas):
Mon-Thu 9.00 am-12.00 pm
by appointment only
Telephone inquiries for passports and consular matters:
Mon-Thu 12.30 pm -1.30 pm, Fri 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
(Last updated on February 19, 2014)
To study in Finland for more than 3 months you must apply for and obtain a residence permit before leaving for Finland. Citizens of the Nordic countries do not need a residence permit and citizens of EU/EEA countries will be issued residence permits by their local police.
Applications for a first residence permit must be filed personally with the Finnish Embassy or Consulate General in the country of origin. The decision to grant a permit rests with the Finnish Immigration Service. All necessary attachments must be obtained in advance before filing the application. Applicants will be fingerprinted at the time of filing the application. Applications cannot be submitted by an agent or sent by post.
One set of documents will remain in the Embassy or Consulate General and the other set will be sent to Finland to the Immigration Service. Thus to apply for residence permit bring two (2) sets of all the following documents to the Embassy or Consulate General:
Fill in the Residence permit application for study (OLE_OPI). The form can be downloaded from the Finnish Immigration Service website: Application forms. Application forms cannot be faxed, they must be the originals. In addition, remember to sign them.
Passport sized photo glued in the OLEL_PK form. The form can be downloaded from the Finnish Immigration Service website: Application forms – Appendices.
Valid passport or other travel document. Please, remember to sign your passport if it is required.
Applicant’s personal bank statement to prove applicant have sufficient funds to cover his/her stay in Finland. Funds required are EUR 6720 per year or EUR 560 per month. Bank statements of the parents or shared accounts are not accepted !
a) Proof of funds in form of scholarships will be deducted from this amount.
b) If all expenses are paid through an organisation, an additional sum of USD 120 should be available to you each month.
Written proof of any scholarship you have received.
Embassy/Consulate may request additional documents, if needed.
Please note that students must leave the country on completion of their studies.
The Finnish Immigration Service will process your application and the process usually takes 8-12 weeks. The process cannot be started until all paperwork and payment is received. It is not advisable to make any final travel arrangements, particularly purchase of non-refundable air tickets for specific date, prior to approval of your application.
Residence application forms can be downloaded also on the Finnish Immigration Service website.