Hi, my name is Hope and I am 20 living in Helsinki. I study here in University and have a continuous Residency Permit. My boyfriend and I have been dating for about 5 months and he lives in the US/is US citizen. We previously went to school together, were not dating at that time, but we have known each other for 4 years. After dating for 5 months long distance, he has finished high school in the US and is looking to move to Finland so we can be together. I have a lease for an apartment in Helsinki and I am able to cover my rent costs with the study and housing grant provided to me through Kela. Otherwise, neither of us have enough money to pay for his enrollment in University here so he can just get a study visa. I got into Uni for free since I am already a resident and have been living here 3 years, so I only have a few thousand in savings.
I am wondering a few things:
1. What is the probability is of him being granted a RP on the basis of an intimate relationship if we have only been dating for 5 months and it did not start in person?
2. Would he be allowed to work in Finland to further prove his ability to financially sustain himself?
3. If I were paying the rent and he was still making the required 12000EUR per year, would this still be considered a sustainable income for him if he is not contributing to rent costs? (he would contribute to other costs like groceries, HSL seasonal travel tickets, water/electricity bills, etc.)
4. If he has limited work experience in the US (i.e a couple months working as seasonal employee making approx. 1400USD per month), would the bank statements from this work experience be enough to further prove his ability to sustain himself financially?
5. Is there some sort of trial period he can take, for example being permitted to work in Finland for a year to see if he could sustain himself?
I have searched through migri.fi and suomi.fi far and wide, and I am still confused on a few topics. Sorry for all the questions, but it would be really great to hear from people with similar experiences so I can better understand what to expect