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Application for right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement for family member of a British citizen

  • Electronic application fee

    48 €

  • Paper application fee

    48 €

If you are a family member studying in Finland

You must apply for right of residence under the withdrawal agreement between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021. If you are a family member of a British citizen and yourself a citizen of a third country residing in Finland on a residence card of an EU citizen’s family member, you should apply for one of the following permits:

  • Right of residence under the withdrawal agreement
  • Right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement
  • Changing a permanent residence card to a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement. 

Applying for a right of residence or right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement is subject to a fee. If a permanent residence card has been granted to you as a family member of an EU citizen, no fee is charged when you change the right of residence to a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement.

If you are a family member residing outside Finland

You can apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement at any time if your family member is a British citizen and

  • they meet the criteria of right of residence under the withdrawal agreement
  • they reside in Finland or
  • they have resided in Finland prior to 31 December 2020

You can submit your application to a Finnish mission or an application centre of an external service provider. Visit the finlandabroad.fi website to find the contact information for your nearest Finnish mission or application centre of an external service provider.

If you are ‘other relative’ and residing outside Finland

If you have the status of other relative, it is required that you have resided in Finland and applied for or received a residence card for an EU citizen’s family member or a registration of right of residence, or that you have applied for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement or for a visa by the time the transition period ends, i.e. on 31 December 2020. You cannot apply for right of residence under the withdrawal agreement after 31 December 2020.

If your family tie was formed after 31 December 2020

If you were not a family member of a British citizen at the time of the expiry of the transition period, on 31 December 2020, you cannot apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement after the expiry of the transition period. This means that provisions for third-country citizens will be applied for your entry into the country and residence, i.e. you must apply for a residence permit. However, children born or legally adopted after 31/12/2020 will be able to apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement. 

You will find instructions on selecting the correct application form and instructions on making an application below.

Application for right of permanent residence for a family member of a British citizen

You can use this form if you are a family member of a British citizen and you are applying for right of residence by virtue of the withdrawal agreement for yourself or your child. If you are a British citizen, you can use the form Brexit_1

Submit an electronic application 
Fill in a paper application

Application for right of residence for family member of a British citizen 

You can use this form if you are a family member of a British citizen who is applying for right of permanent residence by virtue of the withdrawal agreement for yourself or your child. You have resided in Finland legally and continuously for five (5) years, but do not yet have a permanent residence card for a family member. If you are a British citizen, you can use the form ‘Brexit_2’. 

Submit an electronic application 
Fill in a paper application

Replacing the permanent residence card of a family member of a British citizen to a right of residence

Use this form if you are a family member of a British citizen and a permanent residence card has been granted to you as a family member of an EU citizen. Use this form to submit the notification that you request a free-of-charge residence card with which you can prove your right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement. If you are a British citizen, you can use the form ‘Brexit_3’. 

Submit an electronic application 
Fill in a paper application

Make certain that you meet the following criteria:

Here is how your application will be processed

This is what you should do:

1

Read the migri.fi website carefully.

  • Please read the information on the website on applying for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, as well as the detailed instructions for handling matters at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

2

Make sure that you meet the requirements for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement.

3

Make sure you have all the attachments needed for the application and that they are up to date.

  • If any attachments are missing, it will delay the processing of your application.
  • The attachments you need are listed on this page and on the application form.
  • If necessary, have the attachments translated and legalised.

4

Fill in the application carefully.

  • Fill in the application in our online service Enter Finland. If you are unable to fill in the application online, use a paper application.
  • If the Finnish Immigration Service needs to ask you to supplement your application, this will delay the processing of your application.

5

Book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service, a Finnish mission or an application centre of an external service provider.

  • Book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service online at migri.vihta.com. Select EU registration as the service category and Brexit as the service. You will find instructions on how to book an appointment on the page migri.fi/en/how-to-book-an-appointment.
  • If you have applied for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement online in the e-service Enter Finland, you must visit a service point to prove your identity.
  • If you are using a paper form to apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, you must submit the application in person and pay the processing fee at one of our service points.
  • If you are visiting a Finnish mission of an application centre of an external service provider, please read instructions and book an appointment on the website finlandabroad.fi
  • Bring with you all the attachments.
  • All applicants must be present when submitting the application. If the applicant is an underage child, the child’s parent or guardian must be present when submitting the application.  If the other parent or guardian of the child is not present when the application is submitted, you must submit the other parent’s or guardian’s written consent for the child to move to Finland. The written consent may be free-form.
  • All applicants over the age of six have to give their fingerprints when visiting a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service, a Finnish mission or an application centre of an external service provider.

6

We will inform you when we have made a decision on your matter.

  • You do not need to contact the Finnish Immigration Service while your application is being processed.
  • If we need further information, we will contact you.

Attachments

The original attachments must be presented when submitting the application accompanied by a translation into Finnish, Swedish or English by an authorised translator, unless the clarifications were originally written in one of these three languages.

Nevertheless, a translation is not required of an official certificate issued by an authority in an EU country if it is a certificate of birth, marriage, registered partnership or death, and you attach a multilingual standard form provided by the authority in questions to the document.

Have the attachments legally authenticated, if necessary.

  • Mandatory attachments for a family member of a British citizen
    • Copy of passport (original document must be presented)
    • A photograph that complies with the Police passport photo guidelines or an individual photo ID provided by a photo studio
    • Document proving the family tie
      • Spouse/cohabiting partner/child
        • Registration certificate of the British citizen or a certificate of permanent right of residence
        • Copy of the British passport or identity card of the family member
        • Information on cohabiting, such as a tenancy agreement showing that you have lived together with a partner for at least two years 
        • Document on family ties (the document must be legalized if it was issued in a country other than another Nordic country or EU member state), for example a marriage certificate, birth certificate or other similar type of document that indicates family ties.
        • For spouses and registered partnerships, a document that indicates that the family tie or registered partnership existed before the end of the transition period, i.e. 31 December 2020.
      • Dependant parents and children over the age of 21
        • Registration certificate of the British citizen or a certificate of permanent right of residence
        • Copy of the British passport or identity card of the family member
        • Copy of passport or identity card (original document must be presented)
        • A photograph that complies with the Police passport photo guidelines or an individual photo ID provided by a photo studio
        • Proof of dependency For example, information on financial dependence 
        • Documents on family ties (the documents must be legally authenticated if they were issued by a country other than a Nordic country or an EU member state)
        • Possible further information on family ties
      • Other relative
        • Registration certificate of the British citizen or a certificate of permanent right of residence
        • Copy of the British passport or identity card of the family member
        • Copy of passport or identity card (original document must be presented)
        • A photograph that complies with the Police passport photo guidelines or an individual photo ID provided by a photo studio
        • Proof of dependency For example, information on financial dependence 
        • Documents on family ties (the documents must be legally authenticated if they were issued by a country other than a Nordic country or an EU member state)
        • Possible further information on family ties

Application for right of permanent residence for family member of a British citizen, Brexit_4

Submit an electronic application

Application for right of residence for family member of a British citizen, Brexit_5

Submit an electronic application

Replacing the permanent residence card of a family member of a British citizen to right of residence, Brexit_6

Submit an electronic application (from1 October onwards)

Updated 2 October 2020