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Finnish Ministry of Interior Officially Proposes New Long-Term Visa for Third-Country Researchers & Students

The Finnish government has received draft amendments aimed at expanding the use of long-stay visas, known as D visas.

According to the Finnish Interior Ministry, with the proposed change, a D visa could be issued to researchers, students, accredited employees, corporate executives and their family members, reports.

According to the positive residence permit decision, the visa will be issued by the Finnish Immigration Service, in this way, those who have received a residence permit will be able to travel to the country faster than they already do, because the waiting time will be reduced.

Moreover, this amendment will also benefit residents of Finland whose residence cards have been lost, stolen or expired.

Another amendment has been prepared in the bill, which would make it possible for the State Department to issue temporary residence to young people under the age of 20, whose families have diplomatic use in Finland, rather than having to apply for an extension. from their permit from Finnish immigration once they reach 18 years of age.

Discussions on the draft will end on April 1, when the government’s proposal will be submitted to the Finnish parliament.

The Home Office has announced that it is working on a bill to issue D visas to students and researchers, similar to the State Department, which last year introduced a D visa to third-country nationals who are start-up entrepreneurs, professionals or growth professionals. In other areas, families of these categories.

The Ministry of Interior has launched a bill to extend the long-stay (D) visa for students, researchers and their families. The Ministry of Interior announced in a December 15 press release that the project is part of the government’s actions to boost education and work-based immigration in the fall budget debate.

In support of this initiative, Prime Minister Christa Mekonnen revealed that his government’s goal is to increase the number of international students in the country while increasing its attractiveness to the foreign student market.

The Scandinavian country revealed earlier this year that immigration authorities received a total of 36,206 applications for a first residence permit last year. The Finnish Immigration Service revealed that the most important reasons for migration include work, family and study, consistent with the state’s goal.

In addition, the number of residence permit applications submitted in 2021 hit a record high, totaling 36,206, leaving 2020 rates lagging by 71% (21,160).

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