Delays in the delivery of residence permit cards

19.9.2019 8.48
Press release

There are currently delays in the delivery of residence permit cards. Because of the delays, you will get a residence permit card in about 4 weeks after a positive decision. Normally, it takes 2–3 weeks for the card to arrive. The delays will continue until the end of 2019.

The delays are affecting all residence permit cards. Also family members of EU citizens need to wait for their residence cards longer than usually.

If you are staying in Finland and you are granted a residence permit, the Finnish Immigration Service will send you a residence permit card by post. If you submitted your application abroad, you will get the card through a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). The delays are not affecting the delivery of residence permit cards to Finnish missions.

The reason for the delays is a shortage of personnel.

You will be informed of the decision as usual

If the decision on your residence permit application is positive, you will be informed of the decision in the normal way. This means that if you applied for a residence permit online in Enter Finland, you will be notified immediately in the online service when the decision is ready. If you submitted a paper application, you will be notified of the decision by post.