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Residence Permit

Applicants who plan to stay in Finland for longer than 90 days within any 180-day period are required to have a residence permit. The right to work without a residence permit is restricted. You may have to apply for a residence permit in order to work in Finland even if your stay does not exceed 90 days. If you are an EU citizen or a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you are not required to have a residence permit for Finland. Decisions for the residence permits are made by The Finnish Immigration Service, which is the competent authority in residence permit matters in Finland.

Who is eligible to submit a residence permit application?

The application must be submitted in the country in which the applicant resides legally, and legal residence will be checked when applicant is identified during submission process. The Application Centre can accept applications only from applicants legally residing in Ukraine and Georgia.


The applicable residence permit category needs to be chosen by the applicant based on the reason for coming to Finland. For more information about residence permit categories please visit The Finnish Immigration Service.


You can find information about the expected processing times: The Finnish Immigration Service. Please note, that enquiries 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.

If you use Enter Finland you can track processing of your application via your personal user account in Enter Finland. When the Finnish Immigration Service makes a decision on your application, you will see it there.


All residence permit applicants older than 6 years will have their fingerprints taken to be recorded in the Register of Aliens (link to: https://migri.fi/en/data-protection) . All applicants will be required to provide their biometric data (10 fingerprints and a digital photograph) when applying for a residence permit.

Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for a limited number of applicants:

  • Children under 6 years old
  • Applicants who are physically unable to provide finger scans (disabilities, missing or non-functional body parts etc.)

During each visit to the Application Centre the applicant’s fingerprints are collected, a passport photo is taken and a signature is collected to be attached in a biometric file of the applicant. Children under 6 years old are not photographed and they need to bring a photo to be scanned. Please notice the qualifications of the photo.

Fingerprints will be collected each time when applying for a residence permit, a permit extension or a permanent residence permit, and a new card will be issued each time. Biometric identifiers stored on the residence permit card chip include a facial image and two fingerprints. However, the residence permit card is not an official identity card. Recording biometric identifiers on the residence permit will help to prevent malpractice by creating a more reliable connection between the residence permit holder and the permit itself.


Please note: The technical requirements for the photo must meet the standards set by the police https://poliisi.fi/documents/25235045/31329600/Passport-photograph-instructions-by-the-police-2020-EN-fixed.pdf


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.

A DNA test may be done if it can be used to obtain convincing evidence of family ties. The DNA test will be offered by the Finnish Immigration Service. Neither the residence permit applicant nor the sponsor may demand a DNA test. Please read more

A residence permit applicant may get an invitation to an interview 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 Finnish mission or The Finnish Immigration Service. For more information please view The Finnish Immigration Service.