You need a student visa if you are a student on a short study or exchange program with a short duration.
The Finnish student visa is not to be confused with the student residence permit. If the duration of your proposed study exceeds 90 days, you will need to apply for a student residence permit, not a student visa. The student visa has a validity of 90 days (or 3 months), while the residence permit is for two years.
To be considered for a student visa, you need to meet the following requirements:
- You must have been granted admission by a Finnish university, polytechnic, or educational institute. You will be required to provide the official letter of acceptance issued by your hosting institution.
- You must have a valid passport which exceeds the duration of your study by at least three months. The issuance date of the passport must also be within the last ten years.
- You must prove that you have the financial capacity to sustain yourself for the entire duration of your study. At the moment, a student must have a minimum of EUR 560 (INR 43,316.17) per month for staying in Finland. Financial proof is presented as a bank statement. If you are on a scholarship, you are expected to provide the official documentation that proves so.
- Your bank statement must also prove that you can provide for your return transportation. If your travel cost is covered by your educational institute, you will be required to provide the official documentation.
- You must prove that you have obtained valid health insurance that covers the entire duration of your stay.
- You must be free of any contagious diseases and have no criminal record.
- Finally, you must express the intention to leave the country at the end of your study.
If you meet the above requirements, you can go ahead and apply for your student visa.
- Get the application form. You can access the form online; just go through the official immigration website.
- Fill the application form. You can do so online, or you can print it out. If you print it out, fill and submit at the consulate in your home country. If you submit the form online, note that you need to visit the consulate nearest to you to verify your identity and to present the original copies of the documents required for the application to be processed.
- Gather the necessary documents and have them ready.
- Provide a colored photograph of not more than six months. Ensure that the photograph fits every other specification.
- You will be required to provide your biometrics at the Finnish consulate.
- Finally, you will pay the processing fee at the time of submitting your application form. Confirm the current processing fee and the accepted mode of payment from the consulate. If you submitted the form online, the application fee would be charged through electronic means.
After processing your application, you will receive an update from the consulate. If the application was submitted in the Enter Finland e-service, you would get an email or a text message when the decision is ready. If you submitted a paper application, the decision would arrive by post.
This promises to be a very seamless process. However, if you encounter any difficulties, consult the consulate nearest to you.
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