The Finnish government has relaxed its residence rules for international students and researchers who are studying and working in Finland.

Key Points:

  • As of April 15, international students can now receive residence permits for the duration of their entire education. Previously, authorities required students to apply for a permit extension every year of their education.
  • Foreign students and researchers are now eligible for a two-year residence permit to find work after graduation if they have an income of at least 560 euros per month or 6,720 euros per year.
    • Eligible individuals can submit an application for the two-year residence permit up to five years from their graduation date even if they are no longer residing in Finland.
  • Authorities increased the amount students and researchers can work from an average of 25 hours per week to 30 hours.

Additional Information: Family members of students and researchers are eligible to receive residence permits. More information regarding the relaxed rules for international students is available here.

BAL Analysis: Finnish authorities relaxed residence rules for international students and researchers to make it easier for students to stay in the country after graduating.

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