Temporary protection now available to those fleeing Ukraine
Finland is now offering temporary protection to those who have fled Ukraine. Applications for temporary protection should be submitted to the police or a border control authority.
When applying for temporary protection, you can also apply for asylum. If you are granted temporary protection, the processing of your asylum application is suspended for as long as the residence permit you have been issued on the basis of temporary protection is valid.
See the Finnish Immigration Service website for detailed instructions on applying for temporary protection.
Who can be granted a residence permit on the basis of temporary protection?
Temporary protection can only be granted to
- Ukrainian citizens unable to return to Ukraine due to the Russian attack
- citizens of countries outside the European Union, citizens of countries not party to the Schengen Agreement, and stateless persons who have resided in Ukraine legally and whose return to the relevant country of origin safely and permanently is not possible.
- the family members of Ukrainian citizens and of those granted international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine, if the family ties were established in Ukraine before 24 February 2022.