You can apply to be a volunteer in Finland if you take part in:
- the European Voluntary Service (EVS) or the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) or
- an international volunteer programme or international work camp activities through an organisation that runs volunteer programmes.
If you fulfil the conditions, you will be issued a residence permit.
Where and how to apply
Duration of validity of permits/visas
The maximum duration of the volunteer permit is one year.
Conditions for renewal
No renewal after maximum period of one year.
It is possible to appeal the decisions made by the Finnish Immigration Service before an Administrative CourtSearch for available translations of the preceding link within the 30 days following the notification. 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 status
If the grounds for your residence change and you meet the necessary conditions, you should apply for a new residence permit (for example employment or family ties).
It is not possible to be accompanied by a family member.
The stay as a volunteer is temporary and it is not counted in the period of residence to be eligible for long-term/permanent residence in Finland.
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