A student granted a place of study in a Finnish educational institute may now submit an application for a residence permit electronically online. During January 2012, the Finnish Immigration Service will open an e-service which enables customers to submit an application and to follow the progress of its processing.
When a customer registers into the e-service of the Finnish Immigration Service, a personal user account will be created for him or her. It is available for use with a combination of a personal user ID and password. The customer’s e-mail address functions as the user ID. The electronic account of the Finnish Immigration Service allows customers to:
Even when customers submit their application online, they will need to visit a Finnish embassy closest to their place of residence in person to verify their identity and show the original copies of any appendices to their application. In addition, the applicant must submit the embassy a photograph to be attached to the application. The application fee will also be paid to the embassy if the applicant does not have an opportunity to pay it online via the e-service using a credit card or online user authentication from his or her bank.
From the beginning of 2012, all applicants for a residence permit over the age of 6 will be fingerprinted, and the fingerprints will be recorded on a biometric residence permit card to be introduced at that time.
The e-service will speed up the processing of application matters. Via the e-service account, the customer may follow the progress of the processing of his or her permit application.
Further information: Finnish Immigration Service at www.migri.fi