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After submission and registering your fingerprints your application will be transferred to the processing queue at the Finnish Immigration Service who will make the decision.

When your application is submitted via Enter Finland, you have to continue using Enter Finland throughout the application process. Keep your e-mail address and password safe so you can log into the service throughout the process.

You can track the processing of your application through your personal user account. The information available in Enter Finland is the same you receive when calling the Finnish Immigration Service customer service.

You may receive requests for additional information and your decision via your user account. E-mail notifications will be sent whenever you have a request waiting for you in your online account. Respond to the Finnish Immigration Service’s request for further information. You are also responsible for notifying the Finnish Immigration Service of any changes to your contact details.

A residence permit applicant may receive an interview request if there are no other means of establishing sufficient grounds for granting a residence permit. The interview may be held only by an official of the Consulate General or the Finnish Immigration Service. If you get an invitation to an interview via Enter Finland, please contact the Consulate General to schedule an interview.

The Finnish Immigration Service may offer the applicant and the sponsor the opportunity to take a DNA test if there are no other means of sufficiently establishing family ties based on biological relationship. In this case, please contact the Consulate General of Finland.

If you have submitted your application in Enter Finland, the decision will also be available in Enter Finland.

Processing Time

To view the expected processing times please visit The Finnish Immigration Service.

Inquiries do not speed up the processing of your application. You will be contacted if additional information is needed for your application. Otherwise, you will not be contacted before the decision is made.

Return Delivery And Courier

When the residence permit decision has been made the applicant will receive a message in Enter Finland.

Counter delivery – the applicant can pick up the residence permit card from the Application Centre counter. A valid identification is required.

Courier delivery - the Application Centre can send the residence permit card to the home address of the applicant by a courier delivery. For more information about the courier service please visit Courier Service.