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Leaving Finland

If you apply for a residence permit for Finland and receive a negative decision, you must leave the country. In the event that you receive a negative decision to your residence permit application, Finnish Immigration Service will issue a decision on the refusal of entry at the same time.

Normally, you are given a specific date by which you must leave the country. If you do not leave voluntarily, you can be expelled from the country after the set date.

A decision to refuse entry can be made if

  • you are not granted asylum or a residence permit.
  • you are in Finland without a residence permit or visa although you need one to stay in the country.

If you have had a residence permit for Finland and do not receive an extension for it, the Finnish Immigration Service will issue a decision on your deportation. You can also be deported if you have committed several or serious crimes in Finland.

Normally, you are given a specific date by which you must leave the country. If you do not leave voluntarily, you can be expelled from the country after the set date.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Leaving FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English

Voluntary return

If you want to return to your home country, you may in some cases receive assistance for this purpose. This assistance is either money or service. The amount of money depends on the country to which you are returning. Examples of the service include assistance in looking for a home or a job in the country to which you are returning.

You can receive assistance if:

  • you are an asylum seeker and your application is being processed
  • you have received a negative decision on your asylum application
  • you are a victim of human trafficking and do not have a municipality of residence in Finland
  • you have been granted a temporary residence permit because you cannot be removed from the country
  • you have received temporary protection
  • your international protection status in Finland has been withdrawn or cancelled and a decision has been made to deport you.

If you are a customer of a reception centre, you can apply for assisted voluntary return through your own reception centre. If you are not a customer of a reception centre, you can apply for assisted voluntary return through the Finnish Immigration Service.

linkkiThe Finnish Immigration Service:
Voluntary returnFinnish | Swedish | English