Visa Info for Indian Students Going to a University in Finland

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Residence Permit (B Permit)

If you're a student from India, you'll need the Residence Permit (B Permit) to study in Finland. This visa is made specifically for students like you who are ready to begin their study abroad adventure in Finland. Find out the best information about the process of getting the Residence Permit (B Permit) to decide if studying abroad in Finland is right for you.

How much time will it take to get my visa?

Be sure to allow extra time for your visa application. Immediately after you've been accepted to and enrolled in the university of your choice, you can already start your application for the Finnish Residence Permit (B Permit). You should apply at least Unknown months before your university degree programme starts.

After you've applied, you can expect that you'll wait about 30 days for the decision.

Main steps to take for the Finnish student visa

Here is what Indian students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Finland:

You can apply via the online electronic service or on paper. Then you must visit the Finnish Embassy in India to give biometrics and bring application papers if applying on paper.

Indian students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.

You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.

The Residence Permit (B Permit) from Finland is valid for up to course duration. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Finland after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.

How much will I have to pay for the student visa?

To apply for the Finnish Residence Permit (B Permit), you will also have to pay a fee of 360 EUR. Depending on your situation, Finnish authorities will allow you to pay this fee online, on location at a visa application centre in India, or through a bank transfer.

Indian students won't need to get health insurance for the Finnish visa.

What documents will I need to get for my student visa?

When you apply for your visa, one of the most important things you need to prove is that you can support yourself during your study programme. For Finland, they require you to prove that 560 EUR/ either from an external source, or already in your bank account.

Indian students won't have to prove they speak English well enough to study in an international university in Finland. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around Finland.

Indian students won't need to take a medical test before arriving in Finland.

Indian students won't need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in Finland.

Look at the Finland immigration website for more detailed visa information.


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