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Registering an EU citizen's right of residence

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The United Kingdom is set to leave the EU on 1 February 2020. The withdrawal agreement guarantees you and your family members the right of residence in Finland if you have settled in Finland before 1 January 2021 and continue to reside in Finland.

You can stay in the rest of the Schengen area for up to three months. If you move from Finland to another EU Member State, you must apply for a right of residence (usually a residence permit).

If you have a permanent right of residence in Finland based on the withdrawal agreement, you will lose that right if you remain outside of Finland for more than five consecutive years.

British citizen: register your right of residence as soon as possible

If you have not yet registered your right of residence:

  • Register your right of residence as soon as possible. The easiest way to do this is to fill in an application in the e-service Enter Finland. After this, you must book an appointment at one of the service points of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity and to show the originals of the documents that you have attached to your application.
  • If you have resided legally in Finland for an uninterrupted period of five years, apply for a certificate of the right of permanent residence of an EU citizen at the Finnish Immigration Service.

Are you a citizen of some other EU or EEA country?

In this case, we recommend that you register again on the basis of this other citizenship, even if you already have registered your right of residence on the basis of your British citizenship.

Please note that you do not need to submit a new registration application to register your citizenship of another country. Remember to make sure that your municipality of residence and your other citizenship are entered correctly in the Population Information System by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

Notify also the Finnish Immigration Service of this:
1. Send a copy of your passport page containing personal data by email. We recommend that you use encrypted email: securemail.migri.fi. You can also send the copy by post to the address PO Box 10, 00086 Maahanmuuttovirasto, or bring it to one of our service points.
2. We will include your other EU citizenship in your details. If you want to have written proof of being registered on the basis of another EU citizenship, you can request a certificate from the Finnish Immigration Service, which is subject to a fee. However, we do not require you to have written proof of the registration at hand.

If you already have registered your right of residence, you do not need to contact the Finnish Immigration Service

Your registration is still valid. You do not need to renew it.

If you are not sure about whether you have registered your right of residence or not:

  • Call the Finnish Immigration Service's customer service number at 0295 419600 (Mon–Fri 9–16); or
  • Send an email to [email protected]. State your name, date of birth and your citizenship in your message. State also your customer number, if you have one. Please do not send any enquiries to personal email addresses.

If you have lost your old registration certificate, you do not need a new one

The Finnish Immigration Service does not require you to have your old registration certificate at hand. However, some other authorities may in some cases need a certificate stating that you have registered your right of residence in Finland.

If you need a certificate of your right of residence:

  • The Finnish Immigration Service has been responsible for the registrations since 1 January 2017. If the Finnish Immigration Service has registered your right of residence, you can request a new certificate by sending an email to [email protected].
  • Before 1 January 2017, the police have been responsible for the registration of right of residence. If the police have registered your right of residence, you can either contact the police or submit a certificate request, which is subject to a fee, to the Finnish Immigration Service.

The objective is that applications for the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement can be submitted as of 1 October 2020

You must submit an application to change your EU registration into the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement. The objective is that the application can be submitted during the transition period between 1 October 2020 and 30 June 2021.
If you have been granted the right of permanent EU residence in Finland before 1 January 2021, you can change your right of residence into the permanent right of residence under the withdrawal agreement free of charge during the transition period.

The more detailed procedure and timetables are being decided on by an act currently under preparation in Finland. More detailed instructions on the application will be given later.

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