Living in Finland

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Oleskelulupa muulle omaiselle

Residence permit for other family member

In some cases, a Finnish citizen's family members other than spouses, common-law spouses, parents of a minor or minors themselves may also be eligible for a residence permit in Finland based on family ties.

The permit can also be granted to other family members of a person who has a residence permit based on international protection. If the basis of your residence permit is something other than international protection, your family members are not eligible for a residence permit.

Other family members may be eligible for a residence permit, if they are entirely dependent on the family member residing in Finland. On this basis, a permit can be granted for example to the parents of a person who has reached the age of majority (who has turned 18). Financial dependency alone or poor health, however, are not considered grounds for granting a residence permit.

Another family member may also be granted a residence permit if he or she has led a stable family life with a family member residing in Finland before the family member arrived in Finland. Another requirement is that this family life was interrupted for a serious reason, such as taking refuge.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Other family member of a Finnish citizenFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Other family member of a recipient of international protectionFinnish | Swedish | English

Applying for a residence permit

Usually, you must apply for the first residence permit before you come to Finland. Apply for the permit in your home country or another country where you are residing legally.

You can apply for a permit online through the Enter Finland service. After applying, you must visit the closest Finnish diplomatic mission or a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity, and present original copies of the application appendices. You must visit a Finnish diplomatic mission or service point within three months of submitting the application online. The application cannot be processed until you have visited the Finnish diplomatic mission or service point. You usually need to make an appointment in advance to visit a diplomatic mission or service point.

Remember to check your Enter Finland account regularly. If further clarifications are needed, you will be informed through your account.

If you are unable to apply online, you can bring a paper application form and its appendices to the closest Finnish diplomatic mission or, in Finland, to a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. You can print out the application form from the Finnish Immigration Service website.

A residence permit is subject to a fee. You must pay the fee when applying for the permit.

linkkiEnterfinland.fi:
Electronic applicationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiMinistry for Foreign Affairs:
Finnish Diplomatic Missions abroadFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Electronic appointment bookingFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Service points of the Finnish Immigration ServiceFinnish | Swedish | English

Finnish personal ID code

When you apply for your first residence permit for Finland, you can ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. You will then receive a Finnish personal ID code when you get your residence permit. You can find more information about the personal ID code on the Infopankki page Registering as a resident.