Wednesday November 29, 2023

Migri starts automatic monitoring of student residence permit

Published : 29 Sep 2023, 03:04

  DF Report
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The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) on Thursday introduced automatic post-decision monitoring of student residence permits, said the Migri in a press release.

The purpose of the post-decision monitoring is to check that students still meet the requirements for the residence permit granted to them.

Student residence permits whose validity started on 1 June 2022 or later and that were granted for studies that lead to a degree will be subject to the post-decision monitoring.

The Migri checks that the studies have been started, that they have progressed, that the student’s right to study is still valid, and that other requirements for a student’s residence permit are met.

“The post-decision monitoring is our statutory obligation but it also benefits Finnish society and our customers from the perspective of internal security. It enables us to detect labour abuse and human trafficking, for example,” said Pauliina Helminen, Director of Permit and Nationality Unit of Migri.

A legislative amendment made in 2022 enabled granting residence permits for students for the entire duration of their studies.

Before the amendment, the requirements for the student residence permit were checked when a student applied for an extended residence permit. Now students are usually granted a residence permit for the entire duration of their studies, for a period of several years, and they may not need to ever apply for an extended permit.

The automatic post-decision monitoring is based on automatic register checks. The Migri cans run register checks on different national registers, such Kela’s register, the Finnish National Agency for Education’s Koski register, and the Population Information System registers.

Based on the results of the register checks, the Finnish Immigration Service assesses whether the requirements for a residence permit are still met.

Some of the processes of the post-decision monitoring have been automated, but the decision to withdraw a residence permit will be made by a Migri official in the future as well.

“Automation enables periodic monitoring with a better coverage, and ensures our officials can focus on the tasks that demand their full expertise,” said Anna Cheung, Chief Digital Officer of Migri.

If the results of automated post-decision monitoring register checks call for a closer review of whether the requirements for a residence permit are still met, the case is referred to a Finnish Immigration Service official.

The client’s situation is assessed on a case-by-case basis. If there are grounds for considering the withdrawal of the residence permit, the client will be heard before the decision is made.

If a residence permit is withdrawn, the client will have the option to request a review within 30 days of receiving the decision.

Usually, the student’s right to work remains, and they can reside in Finland until their request for review is processed.

The Migri has carried out post-decision monitoring since 2017. The targets for post-decision monitoring are chosen by the agency annually.