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Refusal of entry and deportation

If you do not get a residence permit, you have to leave Finland

If you have applied for a residence permit and received a negative decision on your application, you have to leave Finland.

If you have appealed the decision, you are allowed to wait for the Administrative Court’s decision in Finland. If you apply to the Supreme Administrative Court for leave to appeal, this will not prevent the enforcement of the negative decision unless the Supreme Administrative Court expressly orders that it may not be enforced.

Decision on refusal of entry

If you receive a negative decision on your application, you will also receive a decision on refusal of entry.

You are given the opportunity to leave Finland voluntarily within the time limit set for voluntary return. The time limit is short, usually 30 days. If you wish to return to your home country voluntarily, you can apply for assisted voluntary return. Read more about assisted voluntary return on the page Return to your home country.

If you do not leave Finland, the police or the Border Guard will enforce the refusal of entry. In other words, they will remove you from the country.

You will also be prohibited from entering the Schengen area if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • Your application was rejected because you have evaded immigration regulations, for example by entering a sham marriage.
  • You are considered to present a danger to public order or security, for example because you have committed crimes.
  • You have applied for international protection and your application has been rejected after expedited processing.
  • You do not leave Finland voluntarily within the time limit given to you.

More information about the refusal of entry for asylum seekers can be found on the page Asylum in Finland – Refusal of entry.

If a prohibition of entry is issued to you, you cannot visit Finland or other Schengen countries while it is in force.

Decision on deportation

If you have already had a residence permit in Finland but you do not get an extended permit, the Finnish Immigration Service will decide on your deportation. You may also be deported if you have committed crimes in Finland.

If you have a valid residence permit when you are deported, the residence permit will be cancelled.

You are given the opportunity to leave Finland voluntarily within the time limit set for voluntary return. The time limit is short, usually 30 days. If you wish to return to your home country voluntarily, you can apply for assisted voluntary return. Read more about assisted voluntary return on the page Return to your home country.

If you do not leave Finland, the police or the Border Guard will enforce the deportation. In other words, they will remove you from the country.

You will also be prohibited from entering the Schengen area if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • Your application for an extended permit was rejected because you have evaded immigration regulations, for example by entering a sham marriage.
  • You are considered to present a danger to public order or security, for example because you have committed crimes.
  • You do not leave Finland voluntarily within the time limit given to you.

More information about refusal of entry for asylum seekers can be found on the page Asylum in Finland – Refusal of entry.

If a prohibition of entry is issued to you, you cannot visit Finland or other Schengen countries while it is in force.

 

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