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Residence permit extension

It is important that you apply for a residence permit extension before the expiry of your previous residence permit. If your previous residence permit expires during the application's processing, you are allowed to reside in Finland. Normally, you also have the right to work when your application is being processed. If you apply for a residence permit extension only after your previous permit has expired, you are allowed to reside in Finland during the application's processing but you are not allowed to work before you get a new residence permit.

Applying for a residence permit extension

You can apply for a permit online through the Enter Finland service. After submitting the application, you must visit a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity. You must visit a service point within three months of submitting the application. Bring your passport, a passport photo and the original copies of the application appendices. You should book an appointment in advance to visit the Finnish Immigration Service. You can book the appointment in the electronic appointment booking service of the Finnish Immigration Service.

If you submitted your application online, 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 also apply using a paper form at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. Print out the form from the Finnish Immigration Service website and fill it in. Make an appointment for the service point. When you go to the service point, bring a filled-in application form, the appendices and copies of the appendices, your passport and a passport photo.

The Finnish Immigration Service will grant you a residence permit extension if the grounds on which you received your first permit are still valid. You can also apply for a residence permit extension on different grounds to the first permit.

The processing of the permit application is subject to a charge, which must be paid upon applying for a permit. In the Enter Finland service, you can pay with the online banking credentials of a Finnish bank or with a credit card.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Extending your residence permitFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiEnterfinland.fi:
Electronic applicationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Electronic appointment bookingFinnish | Swedish | English

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

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Residence permit application formsFinnish | Swedish | English

The Finnish Immigration Service: Presentation of the Enter Finland e-service