The Finnish government has announced that from May 15th, new legislation on students and researchers, also from outside the EU, will be giving both researchers and students better access to residence permits. The goal of this act implementing the EU Directive on students and researchers is that most students completing their degrees in EU countries stay and work in the Union.
With the new act, all researchers would receive a researcher’s residence permit, irrespective of whether the research is in an employment relationship or, for example, receiving a grant. The residence permit would be granted continuously for two years. Currently, a permit may be temporary or continuous, and in principle, it is given for one year.
All students would continue to be granted a temporary residence permit. Still, as a rule, it would be given for two years instead of one year if the conditions (incl. sufficient financial resources) are met throughout the stay.