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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. The period of applications for Brexit permits has ended 30 September 2021.

If you are staying in Finland without a right of residence, you do not have the right to work or study. You may be punished with a fine or even be removed from the country.

If you have been living in Finland since before 1 January 2021 but did not apply for a Brexit permit by 30 September 2021,

you can apply for a Brexit permit after the closing date of the application period, 30 September 2021, if you have reasonable grounds to submit your application late.

  • Give the reasons why you did not submit your application within the given time limit in the field ‘Additional information’.
  • Add attachments to the application, also any documents on why you have reasonable grounds for late application. Such a document can be a doctor’s certificate, for example.

The Application Finder at Migri.fi helps you find the right application. Even though you submit your application for a Brexit permit late, your right to work or study will continue while your application is being processed.

A family member moving to Finland can submit a Brexit application

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 do not have reasonable grounds to apply for a Brexit permit late, you must apply for an extended permit

Extended permit is a fixed-term residence permit, which is often granted on the same grounds as your first permit or right of residence. Alternatively, you can apply for an extended permit on new grounds. Remember that you need to meet the requirements for the residence permit for which you apply. The Application Finder at Migri.fi helps you find the right application.

An extended permit is issued according to national law, which means that when you apply for a residence permit you will not be granted a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement.

If you applied for a Brexit permit by 30 September 2021

Please wait patiently for the decision. We will contact you if necessary. If you submitted your application within the given time limit, your right of residence in Finland is valid during the processing of your application. You can continue to work and study as usual.

If you submitted your application in the online service Enter Finland, you can prove your identity at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service after 30 September. Book a Brexit appointment for a visit at a service point in our appointment system.

If you are moving to Finland

Apply for a residence permit. After 31 December 2020, British citizens who move to Finland from abroad apply for a residence permit on the basis of work or studies, for example, in the same manner as other persons from non-EU countries.  

Family members of British citizens have the right to apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement (a Brexit permit) even after 30 September 2021, if the family ties have been formed prior to 30 December 2020. Also, their children born and adopted after 30 December 2020 have the right to apply for a Brexit permit after 30 September 2021.

If you are not sure which grounds for applying you should choose, use the Application Finder to find out. 

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.  

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.