Living in Finland

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Maahanmuuttajana Oulussa

As an immigrant in Oulu

Here you can find information on the services for immigrants available in Oulu. Other important information is available at As an immigrant in Finland.

Guidance and integration of immigrants (Maahanmuuttajien neuvonta ja kotoutuminen)

Multicultural Centre Villa Victor (Monikulttuurikeskus Villa Victor)

Multicultural Centre Villa Victor operates both at the customer interface and as an expert party in matters related to multiculturalism in Oulu. There are a lot of visitors at Villa Victor daily for multilingual guidance and assistance service and Finnish education. The multilingual guidance and assistance service is provided in 12 languages. Finnish can be studied in a reading and writing course, elementary courses, follow-up courses, conversation courses and YKI-test training course.

Coordination and development of work on multiculturalism are Villa Victor's competence areas. Employees act as experts in the most important work and steering groups related to immigration and multiculturalism. Key targets also include work against racism and two-directional promotion of integration.

One of Villa Victor's key tasks is to organise and enable various events related to multiculturalism. In addition, Villa Victor organises monthly info sessions on various contemporary topics.

Operation is developed in close cooperation with other local operators. Currently, there are two ongoing projects financed by the European Social Fund at Villa Victor: Good beginning in Northern Ostrobothnia and Language skills facilitate integration.

Torikatu 23, 3rd floor
90100 Oulu

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Multicultural Centre Villa VictorFinnish | English

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Welcome to Oulu - Guide for foreignersEnglish | Russian

Oulu10 services

If you have any questions on services provided by the City of Oulu, you can contact a centralised customer service point of the city known as Oulu10.

You can purchase tickets to cultural events at the Oulu10 service point (such as Oulu City Theatre, Oulu Symphony Orchestra), as well as tickets to public transport and sports services. There are also brochures on the City of Oulu, forms, guide maps and public transport timetables, for example. We will gladly help with using online services and filling in various kinds of forms.

Oulu10 Service Point (Oulu10-palvelut)
Torikatu 10
90100 Oulu
Telephone: 08 558 558 00
Email: oulu10@ouka.fi

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Oulu10 service pointFinnish | English

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Information service in different languagesFinnish | English

Byström youth services (Byströmin nuorten palvelut)

Byström youth services help young people under the age of 30 with all kinds of questions related to matters young people are faced with. Services are free of charge and confidential. You can use computers, print, copy and scan free of charge. You can browse through brochures and magazines and borrow youth-related material from a youth information library. You can contact information service counsellors at the service point, by telephone, email, or through Facebook and a Finnish online service called NettiNappi.

You can also ask questions in English at the service point or through the online service.

A counsellor for young immigrants is also available at Byström youth services, tel. 044 703 8294.

Byström youth services (Byströmin nuorten palvelut)
Hallituskatu 5 A
90100 Oulu
Telephone: 050 599 2293

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Youth Information and Counselling Centre NappiFinnish | English

Initial assessment and integration plan (Alkukartoitus ja kotoutumissuunnitelma)

An initial assessment and integration plan can be prepared for immigrants. More information is available from Multicultural Centre Villa Victor (Monikulttuurikeskus Villa Victor).

Read more: Integration into Finland

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Multicultural Centre Villa VictorFinnish | English

Residence permit extension (Jatko-oleskelulupa)

You must apply for a residence permit extension (jatko-oleskelulupa) before the expiry of your previous residence permit. You can submit a residence permit extension application at the Finnish Immigration Service. It is recommended to make an appointment in advance when visiting a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. You can also apply for the permit in the Enter Finland service. When you have completed an application, you must visit a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service in order to prove your identity. You must visit a service point within three months of submitting an application.

Oulu service point of the Finnish Immigration Service
Address: Mäkelininkatu 33, 90100 Oulu
Open: Mon–Wed and Fri at 8:00 am–4:15 pm
Closed on Thursdays.

Read more Residence permit extension