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Citizenship declaration for a child born abroad (father or non-birth mother is a Finnish citizen)

Apply with this declaration for Finnish citizenship for a child who was born out of wedlock abroad to a Finnish father or a Finnish non-birth mother 1 June 2003 or later. Before the declaration can be submitted, the paternity or the maternity of the non-birth mother must be confirmed abroad or in Finland. The declaration can be submitted by the person who has custody of the child or the child’s guardian.

  • Expected processing time

    3–5 months

  • Electronic application fee

    80 €

  • Paper application fee

    100 €

This is what you should do

1

Make sure the child meets the requirements for becoming a citizen.

2

Make sure you have all the attachments needed for the application and that they are up to date. If necessary, have them translated and legalised.

3

Fill in your application.

4

Pay for your electronic application in the e-service Enter Finland. Pay for a paper application at a service point.

5

If you are abroad, visit a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). If you are already in Finland, book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

6

Wait for a decision. The Finnish Immigration Service will contact you if necessary.

Requirements

Make sure your child meets the following requirements:

  • the child was born on 1 June 2003 or later,
  • the child was born out of wedlock, and the parents have not married after the child was born
  • the child’s father or the non-birth mother is a Finnish citizen or was a Finnish citizen when he or she was still alive
  • paternity or the maternity of the non-birth mother has been established abroad or in Finland before submitting the declaration

These requirements must be met at the time you submit your declaration.

Application-specific attachments

  • Proof of the father’s or the non-birth mother’s Finnish citizenship at the time the applicant was born.
    • For example, a copy of a valid Finnish passport and a residence permit in the country of residence, or a certificate issued by a competent authority in the country of residence, showing that the father or the non-birth mother had not become a citizen of his or her country of residence.
    • In principle, proof is not required in the following situations:
      • The father or the non-birth mother has not resided outside Finland or has only resided in the Nordic countries
      • The father or the non-birth mother has become a Finnish citizen on application and has resided in Finland until the applicant was born.
      • The father or the non-birth mother has become a citizen of another state on 1 June 2003 or later.
  • A birth certificate indicating the child's parents and place of birth if the applicant is not registered in the Finnish Population Information System.
  • A certificate of the applicant’s nationality (for example, a copy of a valid passport or another identity document which shows his or her nationality) if the applicant is not registered in the Population Information System.
  • Documentation of the confirmation of paternity or the maternity of the non-birth mother.
  • Proof that the father or the non-birth mother has custody of the child if the father or the non-birth mother is submitting the declaration.
  • Proof of appointment of a legal guardian if the guardian submits the declaration.