Students’ entry to Finland will become easier

Thanks to the amended legislation, degree programme students will find it easier in the future to obtain a residence permit in Finland.

Studying The residence permit conditions for students from non-EU countries will become more liberal, said Heikki Taskinen, the Head of Unit from the Directorate of Immigration, in an interview by Helsingin Sanomat newspaper on 14 July.

The amended procedures are based on the new Aliens Act, effective as of May 2004. For example, a corresponding degree from the student’s home country will no longer obstruct the issuing of a residence permit. Earlier, in cases when students had already obtained a degree in their home country, the Directorate of Immigration was entitled to deem the pursuit of a Finnish degree an inadequate basis for a residence permit.

1,266 foreign degree programme students studied at the University of Helsinki last year, which comprises a quarter of all the international degree students in Finnish universities. Forty percent of foreign degree students come from non-European countries.

Text: Liisa Voutilainen
Photo: Ida Pimenoff

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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