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How To Apply

Step 1

Applying – you have two choices:

  1. Applying at Enter Finland e-service

    Fill in your residence permit application at Enter Finland. You will get a user account created with your e-mail address at 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. Choose the correct application form based on why you are coming to Finland (for example, work, studies or a family member in Finland).

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

    Pay with a credit card or the online bank credentials of a Finnish bank. If you have issues with paying, you may also pay in Application Centre.

    Attach your supplementary documents at Enter Finland. Make sure you attach all the required documents. Print Certificate of a pending online case and your application form. You need to provide both these documents when visiting the Application Centre.

    When you have submitted your application at Enter Finland, you have to visit the Application Centre in order to prove your identity and to have your biometric identifiers taken. If you have applied at Enter Finland, you need to prove your identity within three months after submitting your application.

  2. Applying with paper application

    Select the appropriate residence permit category on website of The Finnish Immigration Service

    You will find the correct application form in the end of chosen residence permit category site. Print the application form.

    Fill in the paper application form in Finnish, Swedish or English and prepare the required documents.

    You must present the original, legalised (if required) documents and their translations during submission. Copies of those will be collected together with your application.

Step 2

Book an appointment to visit Application Centre:

Please click here to know how to schedule an appointment for submission. Note that you have to visit the Application Centre for identification during the same day. If you do not have an identification document, please contact the Application Centre in advance.

Note! Please ensure that you comply with the regulations set by the local authorities :

Failing to obey these regulations will result to the cancellation of your appointment.

Step 3

Visit the Application Centre:

Please see the Contact Us page for the location of the Application Centre.

Documents for legalisation need to be prepared before submission at the Application Centre. For information on documents, verification and legalisation please Click Here.

After your documents have been legalised, you have to visit the Application Centre at the appointment day for identification before you can submit your application. Bring original passport with you for the identification purpose before submitting your residence permit application form along with the required supplementary documents

If you have submitted your application at Enter Finland, you have to provide your Certificate of a pending online case printout and the application form.

You should submit your application in person at Application Centre.

An application on behalf of an underage child needs to be filled in and submitted by the child’s legal guardian. The child must be present when the application is submitted. The legal guardian of the child does not need to accompany the child at Application Centre, but if the person who accompanies the child is not the child’s legal guardian, he or she cannot represent the guardian without power of attorney from the guardian. The person who accompanies the child must also prove his or her identity.

Step 4

Pay processing fee:

A processing fee is charged at Application Centre for submitting the residence permit application and for the selected value added services (for example courier). This fee will not be refunded even if you cancel your application or receive a negative decision. For details of the fees, please visit the Fees.

Step 5

Submit biometric data:

After submitting residence permit application, you are asked to proceed to biometrics booth where your fingerprints, a digital photo and electronic signature will be collected.

Step 6

Application Centre officer schedules an appointment for the interview (in case your application is work or study related) when you are submitting your application. Make sure you will get an appointment for the interview before leaving the Application Centre.

Step 7

Your application will be transferred to the processing queue at the Finnish Immigration Service who will make the decision.

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