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Only One-third of the selected West-African Students were granted Residence Permits in Finland

From January to October 2009 favourable decisions were granted to 92 per cent of the applicants for a student's residence permit. During this time, Finland granted residence permits to 3,397 students hailing from outside EU borders.

On the other hand, as much as 70 per cent of the Cameroonians and Ghanaians and 60 per cent of the Nigerians gaining selection to Finnish educational institutions were denied a residence permit. Most commonly, the failure to secure a residence permit was caused by forged documents or insufficient income.

Forgeries have been encountered in personal IDs, study and work certificates, as well as bank statements and health insurance documents. The prerequisites for a student’s residence permit include having valid health insurance coverage and a minimum of EUR 500 per month, or EUR 6,000 per year, available for the duration of the student’s residence in Finland.

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