Extending Your Stay in Finland

If you are interested in extending your stay in Finland or renewing your Fulbright status, please find instructions on what to take into account and how to proceed.

Renewing your Fulbright status for the second year of Master's degree studies in Finland

Renewing your Fulbright status can be possible for those completing a master's degree in Finland with a Finnish university-sponsored grant.

Extending Your Fulbright Status

Other than master's degree students on a Finnish university-sponsored grant are eligible to apply for an extension of their Fulbright status for a maximum of three months.

Do I Need to Apply for an Extension for My Residence Permit?

You might have an opportunity to stay in Finland as a tourist after your residence permit expires for up to 90 days. According to the Finnish Border Guard, this depends on how many days you have already spent in Finland or Schengen area as a tourist (without a residence permit) within the last 180-day period. U.S. citizens are allowed to stay in Finland/the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days as a tourist within a 180-day period. To count how many remaining days you have, please use the calculator of the European Commission.

If you wish to stay in Finland for another purpose than as a tourist, you need to make sure whether you need to apply for an extension for your residence permit or not. The Fulbright Finland Foundation staff can be in contact with Migri to find this out for you.
Migri recommends that you apply for the extension early (well before the current permit expires), but not earlier than three months before your current permit expires.

You can use the EnterFinland online service to apply for the extension.

Residence permit to look for a work in Finland

When seeking work after you have graduated or completed your research in Finland, you can apply for a residence permit to look for work or to start a business, if you have or have had a residence permit for studies or for research.


Residence permit extension

Staying as a tourist in Finland

Grants and Awards

Job seeking


NB: Please note that the Fulbright Finland Foundation has written this according to its best knowledge, but cannot take responsibility for the matters determined by the Finnish authorities.