Residence permit application for other grounds

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are applying for a residence permit for a reason which is not one of the reasons for which a separate application form exists. Such reasons are an established dating relationship, an intention to get married with a Finnish citizen or becoming a victim of human trafficking. Tourism is not a valid reason.

Note that an application form does exist for the following: adoption, au pair status, entrepreneur, former Finnish citizenship, employment as a specialist, studies, remigration, scientific research, internship, employment, sports or coaching and family ties.

  • Expected processing time

    First permit 3–8 months / extended permit 1–11 months

  • Paper application fee

    First permit 520 € / extended permit 260 €

Please note:

If your first residence permit was granted on some other grounds but you apply for an extended permit on the basis of family ties, use an application form that suits your situation. The Application Finder will help you find the application form that you should use.

Application for an extended permit on the basis of an intimate relationship

This is what you should do


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


Make sure you have all the attachments needed for the application and that they are up to date. If necessary, have them translated and legalised.


Fill in your application.


Pay for your application in the e-service Enter Finland or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.


Book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.


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

General requirements for entry into Finland

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

Right to work

Your right to work while your application is being processed depends on the grounds on which your previous residence permit was granted to you. If you apply for an extended permit only after your residence permit has expired, you are not allowed to continue working. Read more about the right to work while an application for an extended permit is being processed.

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
  • Color copies of the passport page containing personal data and all pages that contain notes

Application-specific attachments

  • A written statement of your personal income that will also be at your disposal in Finland The applicant cannot secure his or her means of support with the income or savings of the person he or she dating and who lives in Finland.
    • A certificate of deposit or a bank statement
    • Property, and capital income from your property
    • Income from employment or business enterprise
    • Pension income
    • Other income
  • A statement of your dating relationship and possible living together
    • For example a rental agreement or an extract from a register of occupants
  • A statement of pregnancy, if applicable
    • Certificate of pregnancy
  • A free-form written statement of the reasons why apply for a residence permit on the grounds of an intimate relationship

Residence permit application on other grounds, OLE_MUU

Fill in a paper application