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Registering an EU citizen's right of residence

About Brexit

Brexit-related instructions and customer bulletins will be published on this page.

The United Kingdom has left the European Union. For this reason, you need to apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement (also called 'Brexit permit') on 30 September 2021 at the latest if 

  • you are a British citizen or the family member of a British citizen who resides in Finland
  • you have resided in Finland before 31 December 2020, and have resided in Finland continuously since 31 December 2020.

Submit your application by 30 September 2021 

When you submit your application before the given time limit, 

  • you can reside legally in Finland. 
    • If you are not granted the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement and you receive a negative decision, you can reside legally in Finland until the decision is legally valid. 
  • your right to work will continue until you receive a decision. 
  • you can continue your studies in Finland in accordance with your right of residence until you receive a decision. 
    • If you are granted the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, you can continue your studies in Finland. 
    • If you are not granted the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement and you receive a negative decision, your right to study will continue until the decision is legally valid. 

Apply for a Brexit permit by 30 September 2021

Brexit appointment times can be found in our booking service. Select EU registration as the service category and Brexit as the service.

You must book an appointment before visiting a service point. If there are no appointment times available at the moment, please be patient and wait for new appointments to become available. Follow our customer bulletins on the page migri.fi/customer-bulletins.

Submit your application in the online service Enter Finland or with a paper application on 30 September 2021 at the latest. We recommend that you apply online. You can check the processing fees and payment instructions for the applications on the page migri.fi/processing-fees-and-payment-methods.

If your family member is a third-country national and is residing in Finland with a residence card for a family member of an EU citizen, he or she must also apply for a Brexit permit between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021. All applicants must attach passport photos to their applications, and all applicants over the age of six must give their fingerprints when submitting their application.

If you have the status of other relative, it is required that you have resided in Finland and applied for or received a registration of your right of residence as a Union citizen, or that you have applied for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement or for a visa by the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. You cannot apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement after 31 December 2020.

If you are a frontier worker, use the application forms below to apply for a document certifying your rights as a frontier worker. A frontier worker works, or pursues activities as a self-employed person, in an EU Member State but lives in another EU Member State.

Check here which permit you need

  • If you have resided in Finland for less than five years
  • If you have resided in Finland for an uninterrupted period of five years
    • you should apply for a right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement. You can be granted a right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement, if you have lived in Finland for an uninterrupted period of five years and you meet the requirements for granting the permit.
    • Instructions for applying can be found at migri.fi/application-for-right-of-permanent-residence.
  • If you have been issued with a certificate of a right of permanent residence as an EU citizen, a permanent residence permit or a permanent EEA residence permit or with a permanent residence card for a family member of an EU citizen,
  • If you are a frontier worker,

If you are unsure about which of the options listed above is the right one for you, use the Application Finder on our website. 

Applying for right of residence abroad

In certain situations, you can also apply for a Brexit permit or a document certifying your rights as a frontier worker from abroad.  Submit your application at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or an application centre of an external service provider.

Residence permit card

If you are granted a right of residence or right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement, you will be given a residence permit card showing your right of residence in Finland. The residence permit card will be valid for up to five years. This means that the residence permit card needs to be renewed every five years. 

Right to work in Finland 

You have the right to work in Finland if 

you have lived permanently in Finland before 31 December 2020. You also have the right to work if you have arrived in Finland at the end of 2020. 

Your right to work will expire on 1 October 2021 if you do not apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement by 30 September 2021. If you have already applied for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, your right to work is valid until you receive a decision on your application. If you are granted the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, your right to work in Finland will continue without restrictions.  

If you are not granted the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement and you receive a negative decision, your right to work will continue until the decision is legally valid.  

You do not have the right to work in Finland if

you have arrived in Finland for the first time on or after 1 January 2021. You must apply for a residence permit and wait for a decision on your application. You do not have the right to work during the processing of the application.  

Apply for a residence permit if you are coming to Finland after 31 December 2020

Remember: If you arrive in Finland for the first time after 31 December 2020, you cannot apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement. You must apply for a residence permit in the same manner as other persons coming from non-EU countries. However, those family members of a British citizen whose family ties to the British citizen have been established before the ending of the transitional period have the right to come to Finland later and still be covered by the withdrawal agreement.

If you are a citizen of another EU or EEC country in addition to being a British citizen

You do not need to submit a new registration application for an EU citizen to register your citizenship of the other country, or apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement. Make sure that the Digital and Population Data Services Agency has registered your municipality of residence and your other citizenship correctly in the Population Information System. After doing this, submit a notification to the Finnish Immigration Service. 

1. Email us a copy of the page in your passport containing personal data. We recommend that you use encrypted email at securemail.migri.fi. You can also send a copy by post to the address PO Box 10, FI-00086 MAAHANMUUTTOVIRASTO, or leave the copy at one of our service points

2. We will register the other EU citizenship in your details. If you wish to get a written confirmation of being registered as a citizen of another EU Member State, you can submit a request for a certificate. The request is submitted to the Finnish Immigration Service and is subject to a fee.

However, we do not require you to have a written certificate of the registration at hand.
Remember first to make sure that your information is registered correctly at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. The Finnish Immigration Service cannot register your other EU citizenship in your details before your citizenship information is registered correctly in the Population Information System. 

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

From 28 June to 30 July 2021, the customer service number is available Monday to Friday between 8.00 and 12.00.

Processing of asylum applications

The United Kingdom left the European Union on 1 February 2020, but the UK continues to apply the Dublin procedure until the end of 2020.

You can read more about Brexit on the websites of other authorities:

Frequently Asked Questions

Read more on the page Frequently Asked Questions.