|Where and how to apply
(including information on fees)
Submit your application in the e-service Enter Finland. After you have submitted your application, you have to visit the Finnish diplomatic mission or consulate in your country of origin/residence to prove your identity and have your fingerprints taken. A paper application is submitted to the Finnish diplomatic mission or consulate in your country of origin/residence.
Processing fee (EUR): online application: 400, paper application: 600
The granting of your residence permit is subject to an analysis of the labor market and workforce needs, which is managed by the Employment and Economic Development Office and which verifies:
The Finnish Immigration Service will reject or grant your residence permit according to the positive or negative evaluation from the Employment and Economic Development Office and following an assessment of other grounds for a refusal, such as:
You will be informed of the decision through the diplomatic mission or consulate in your country.
Ask your employer for the following documents and attach them to your application:
(If you need more information about matters that concern your employer, contact the Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Offices) for advice):
|Further requirements||If the duration of your stay will exceed one year, you should register on arrival at the Local Register Office in the municipality where you will reside.|
|Duration of validity of permits||A fixed-time residence permit is normally granted for one year.|
|Conditions for renewal||Apply for an extended permit before your residence permit expires. If you still meet the same requirements you met when your previous residence permit was granted to you, the Finnish Immigration Service will grant you an extended permit. Alternatively, you can apply for an extended permit on new grounds. Remember that you need to meet the requirements for the residence permit you apply for.|
You can appeal decisions made by the Finnish Immigration Service before an Administrative Court within 30 days following notification of the decision. The appeal procedures are indicated in the decision. A rejection from the Administrative Court can be appealed as a last resort to the Supreme Administrative Court. You will need to apply for leave to appeal.
|Change of employment||Your residence permit for an employed person is granted for a particular professional sector and you can change jobs within this sector. In exceptional cases, your permit may be limited to a particular employer and you will need to make a new application to change employer.|
|Change of status||If you hold a residence permit B (temporary permit) on the basis of employment or entrepreneurship, you will be issued a residence permit A (continuous permit) after two years of continuous residence in Finland, provided you still meet the residence conditions. A residence permit A is granted for a maximum duration of four years and can be renewed.|
You may apply to reunite in Finland with your spouse (and same sex registered partner) and your unmarried minor children.
Partners who have been living continuously in a marriage-like relationship within the same household for at least two years also benefit from family reunification. The two year period is not required if the relationship has resulted in any children.
The residence permit granted to your family member is valid for the same duration as your residence permit. It grants full access to employment and education.
After four years of continuous residence (permit A), you can apply for a permanent residence permit P if you still meet the requirements for a continuous residence permit. You must have spent at least half of the validity period of your permit in Finland and your permit must still be valid at the time you submit your application.
After five years of continuous and legal residence, you may obtain a long-term resident EC residence permit.
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