Finland, Your New Home? How to Get a Permanent Residency in Finland

Aside from being the happiest country in the world, Finland is very promising for students, travellers, expats and families. One of the most enjoyable things about living and studying abroad is getting to know a new exiting culture. If you want to make a true change in your life, and reshape your academic path and career, studying in Finland is the way to go! 

Through our partner universities, Edunation offers a wide range of international degree programs that enable you to stay in Finland for 2-4 years and get accustomed to our country and the culture. Finnish universities offer a diverse and practical approach to studying and projects which are directly linked to working life. Universities in Finland really encourage students’ self-learning and technological advancement.

Finland – a captivating study destination, a country that embraces freedom, equality and diversity – your new home

Exciting opportunities await international students who come to study in Finland. University students can work part-time alongside their studies, and thus gain some much valued work experience that is needed when applying for full-time jobs. After graduating from university, international students can automatically obtain a job-seeking visa. This visa allows students to stay in Finland for 1 year after studies to find a secure work placement for themselves. Once you have found a full-time job and decided to settle in Finland for good, you can get a permanent residency even after four years of working here!

Settling in Finland is an investment for your future

Due to our small population, Finland is already facing a labor shortage, as Finland’s younger generations won’t be able to fill the gaps that older generations leave on the job market. There is a clear need to recruit people from abroad in the upcoming years.

If the employment rate remains at the current level, there will be over 90,000 jobs available by 2023 in the IT and technology fields alone. In other words, Finland doesn’t have enough current workforce to fill these new jobs or to replace the jobs from which people are retiring.

Staying in Finland after studies

When you study in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, you have a right to stay in Finland with the residence permit based on your studies. After graduation, there are two options for students to stay back in Finland:

  • If you have already found a job in Finland, you can apply for a residence permit on the basis of work. The job doesn’t need to be from your own study field.
  • If you have not yet secured a job when you’re graduating, you can apply for an extended residence permit to look for work in Finland. This permit is granted for one year, and it applies to everyone who have acquired a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Finland. If you find employment within one year, you can start working immidiately and apply for a residence permit on the basis of work.

Permanent residency to Finland

Once you have secured a job in Finland, nothing is stopping you from really settling down in the country and making it your new home. Finland has a flexible and equal work conditions, and the working culture is very allowing towards parental leaves, in case you are starting a family. The average monthly salary in Finland is around 3 400 EUR (2016-2019).

After you have resided on a continuous basis in Finland for a minimum of four years after graduation, you may already be eligible for permanent residency in the country. Usually, this can happen when you have been working in the country continuously and haven’t resided in another country for long periods of time.

Obtaining a permanent residency in Finland is a wonderful chance and it gives you many rights in Finland as well as within the European Union. Finland has an advanced social security and public health care system that extends to all permanent residents in the country. For example, you will be eligible to the same financial benefits from the government as Finnish citizens. The best example of this is the maternity allowance and the “Baby Box” that all mothers get from the government when their baby is born.

How to get a Finnish Citizenship

If you feel you have become a real Finn after staying in the country for a longer period, you may at some point wish to apply for the Finnish citizenship. The Finnish passport is one of the best passports in the World. According to the Passport Index, you can travel to 164 countries without a visa. Finnish nationals also enjoy a permanent access to the nations of the European Union, either for work, study or leisure.

As a Finnish citizen, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Excellent world-class healthcare
  • National pension scheme
  • Child allowance
  • Basic unemployment benefits
  • Sickness and parental allowances 
  • Income support and rehabilitation

Finland accepts multiple citizenship. In other words, a Finnish citizen may also be a citizen of some other country. Even if a Finnish citizen has more than one citizenship, the Finnish authorities will consider him or her to be a Finnish citizen both in Finland and abroad.

Obtaining Finnish citizenship through an application requires the following:

  • You have lived in Finland for a sufficiently long period. The required period depends on your situation; normally, it is at least 4-7 years after acquring a permanent residency.
  • You have not committed offences.
  • You have a means of livelihood in Finland (e.g. a job)
  • You have obtained at least satisfactory skills in Finnish or Swedish

Finland is becoming more international with each passing day. The country welcomes thousands of immigrants and international students every year. We at Edunation hope that Finland can also become your home in the future – so don’t hesitate to start the journey and apply to study in the happiest country in the world!

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