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All residence permits granted on the basis of temporary protection will be extended until 4 March 2024, you do not need to apply for an extended permit

Publication date 30.12.2022 7.33
Press release

Starting from 19 January 2023, we will extend all residence permits granted on the basis of temporary protection so that the permits will be valid until 4 March 2024. This means that we will extend your permit automatically and you do not need to apply for an extension. In the future, all residence permits that we grant on the basis of temporary protection will be valid until 4 March 2024.

You will receive a letter from the Finnish Immigration Service when your residence permit based on temporary protection has been extended

Once we have extended the residence permit you were granted on the basis of temporary protection, we will send you a letter containing information about the extension and about your residence permit card. Please make sure that your reception centre has your current address and telephone number.

If we have your phone number, we will also send you a text message stating that your permit has been extended. The message will be in Finnish and English. It will contain a link to our website: migri.fi/uk/timcasovij-zahist. The sender of the message is ‘Migri’. You cannot reply to the message. 

Applying for a new residence permit card is optional

Your residence permit and your current residence permit card will be valid until 4 March 2024, and it is legal for you to reside in Finland even if you do not apply for a new residence permit card. However, if you want a new card, you can apply for it starting from 25 January 2023. The updated validity period of your residence permit will be printed on the new card. Please note that you cannot apply for a new residence permit card before 25 January 2023. The new residence permit card is free of charge for clients receiving temporary protection.

Read more about how to apply on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service: Temporary protection for those fleeing Ukraine.

Information on applying for a municipality of residence is available on the website of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency 

You can apply for a municipality of residence online based on one-year residence. You can apply at the earliest on 1 March 2023. For more information about the requirements and on how to apply, see dvv.fi/en/instructions-on-arriving-in-finland-from-ukraine.

When you have a municipality of residence, you are entitled to more extensive services than at a reception centre

When you are granted a municipality of residence in Finland, you will no longer be a client of a reception centre. After you get a municipality of residence, the municipality where you live and the wellbeing services county to which the municipality belongs will provide you with the services you need. 

If you do not apply for a municipality of residence, you will continue to be a client of your reception centre and will continue to receive services from the reception centre. If you need advice, you can contact your reception centre.

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