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Residence permit application for former Finnish citizens

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you have been a Finnish citizen, or that at least one of your parents or grandparents is or has been a Finnish citizen by birth.

  • Expected processing time

    5 months

  • Paper application fee

    470 €

General requirements for entry into Finland

Make sure you meet the general requirements for entry into Finland before you submit an application.

Requirements

You must also meet the following requirements:

  • You are a former Finnish citizen.

You do not need to have secure means of support.

This is what you should do

1

Make sure you meet the requirements for the residence permit you are applying for.

2

Make sure you have all the attachments needed. If necessary, have them translated and legalised.

3

Fill in your application.

4

Pay for your application at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

5

If you are abroad, visit a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). If you are already in Finland, book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

6

Wait for a decision. The Finnish Immigration Service will contact you if necessary.

Right to work

You have an unrestricted right to work. You cannot start working before you get a residence permit.

 

General attachments

  • Valid passport (you must present it when you submit the residence permit application)
  • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop, OLEL_PK
  • Colour copies of the passport page containing personal data and of all passport pages that contain notes
  • Document showing that you are legally staying in the country where you submit the application
  • Form MP_1 (if you already are in Finland and apply for your first residence permit)

Application-specific attachments

  • Birth certificate (must be legalised if not issued in the Nordic countries)
  • Birth certificate(s) of your parent(s) (must be legalised if not issued in the Nordic countries)
  • Certificates from Finnish archives verifying Finnish citizenship (e.g. official certificates from parishes, certificates from the Finnish National Archives)
  • Certificates of changes of name

Residence permit application for former Finnish citizens, OLE_EN

Fill in a paper application
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