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How To Apply

Step 1

Apply for a residence permit using Enter Finland.

When you submit your application using Enter Finland, you have to continue using Enter Finland throughout the application process.

Create a user account with your e-mail address on Enter Finland. The account is for personal use only. Keep your e-mail address and password safe so you can log into the service later.

Step 2

Fill in your residence permit application on Enter Finland.

Choose the correct application form based on the reason you are going to Finland (for example, work, studies or a family member who resides in Finland). If you are not sure of which application form you should use, please visit the Finnish Immigration Service.

Enter Finland will guide you through the process of filling in your application. You do not need to save your application manually. The e-service will save it automatically as you fill it in.

Step 3

Prepare and send your supporting documents. For supporting documents please visit The Finnish Immigration Service.

Students should check Insurance requirements (link to: because they vary depending on the length of your stay in Finland. Make sure you provide proof that your insurance covers what required / the required.

Official certificates, such as birth and marriage certificates, must be legalized if they are not issued by Nordic authorities. If the documents are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, they must be accompanied by a translation into one of these languages by an authorized translator. Both the original documents and their translations must be legalized.

Send your supplementary documents via Enter Finland. The documents that you attach to your online application must be in an electronic format. Make sure you attach all the required documents. This will reduce the risk of your application being incomplete or extending the processing time.

Step 4

Pay the processing fee with a credit card or the online bank credentials of a Finnish bank in Enter Finland, print the Certificate of a pending online case and take it with you to the appointment at the Application Centre.

In case you cannot make a payment in Enter Finland, print the Certificate of a pending online case and take it with you to the appointment at Application Centre in order to make a payment there.

Step 5

Book an appointment to visit Application Centre or Embassy of Finland for submitting your biometric data.