Living in Finland

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Pysyvä oleskelulupa

Permanent residence permit

Applying for a permanent residence permit

You can apply for a permanent residence permit at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. Print out an application form from the Finnish Immigration Service website and fill it in. Make an appointment for the service point. Bring the filled-in application form, the appendices and copies of the appendices, your passport and a passport photo.

You can receive a permanent residence permit (pysyvä oleskelulupa) (P) if

  • you have lived in Finland at least four years with an A permit, and
  • you have not lived abroad for more than two years during this period, and
  • the grounds for the previous permits are still valid.

If you had an A permit when you came to Finland, the four year period is considered to begin on the day of your arrival in Finland. If you received the A permit in Finland, the four year period is considered to begin on the day the first A permit came into effect. If you have received international protection in Finland, the four year period is considered to begin on the day of your arrival in Finland.

A permanent residence permit can be denied in the following cases:

  • You have committed an offence for which you can be sentenced to prison
  • You are suspected of committing an offence for which you can be sentenced to imprisonment
  • You have committed two or more offences
  • You are suspected of two or more offences

The permanent residence permit is valid until further notice. However, the permit can be cancelled if you move permanently away from Finland or live continuously abroad for more than two years, or if you submitted false information when applying for the permit.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Permanent residence permitFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiThe Finnish Immigration Service:
Application formFinnish | Swedish | English

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

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Electronic appointment bookingFinnish | Swedish | English

EU residence permit for third-country nationals with long-term EU resident status (Pitkään oleskelleen kolmannen maan kansalaisen EU-oleskelulupa)

A third-country national is a citizen of a country other than one of the Nordic or EU countries, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

You can receive a third-country national’s EU residence permit (P-EU) if:

  • you have lived in Finland at least five years with an A permit,
  • you have not lived abroad for longer than ten months during this time, and
  • the grounds for the previous permits are still valid.

A P-EU permit is applied for in the same way as a permanent residence permit.

The P-EU permit is valid until further notice.

P-EU permits can be denied for the same reasons as in the case of permanent residence permits.