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)
If you are not a citizen of EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and you wish to study in Finland for more than 90 days you must apply for and obtain a residence permit before leaving for Finland.
EU and comparable nationals do not need a residence permit. However they must register their residence in Finland with the local police station no later than three months after arriving in the country.
Nationals of Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland) can enter Finland without restrictions and stay in the country without a residence permit.
All residence permit applicants must have their fingerprints taken at a Finnish embassy or consulate. No exceptions are made, even if you submit your application electronically. The application will not be processed until you have visited the embassy or consulate and had your fingerprints taken.
If your acceptance letter was sent to you by e-mail, attach the forwarding e-mail from the school to your application.
If the educational institution in Finland has granted any financial benefits, attach a letter indicating the contents and the duration of the benefits (e.g. meals, housing).
Before you go to Finland, make sure that your finances will be sufficient for the entire period of your studies.
Students are required to have 560 EUR per month or 6720 EUR per year at their disposal. Degree students must have funds for one year at a time. Exchange students must have funds for the entire time they intend to spend in Finland.
Please remember that bank statements from the student’s parents or shared/joint accounts are not accepted. Check out www.migri.fi to find out what kind of documents are accepted. Behind the link you will also find more information about sufficient finances.
Please write a cover letter stating your current contact information, your permanent address and phone number in that address to which residence permit card is to be returned.
Applicants under 18 years of age, not travelling with a parent, must present a notarized parental authorization for moving to Finland.
You will need private insurance for your residence permit to cover your medical and medicine expenses.
You can find more information about the kind of insurance you need from the Finnish Immigration Service.
It is a precondition for obtaining a residence permit that the student has valid health insurance cover with a reliable and solvent company or institution. Your insurance certificate must indicate the insured person, the coverage and amounts of benefit, the validity period and the geographical area in which the insurance is valid.
A student must have insurance cover when applying for a residence permit as without it a residence permit cannot be granted. A residence permit cannot be issued for a period exceeding the period of the insurance cover.
The Finnish Immigration Service will process your application. You can find more information about the average processing times on the website of the Immigration Service.
The process cannot be started until 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.
See more information about processing fee and possible postal fee.