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Citizenship application for a child

If you are a Finnish citizen you can with this application apply for Finnish citizenship for a minor child who is in your care and lives with you. For the best interest of the child or for a weighty reason, the application can also be submitted by the child’s guardian or a foreign national who has custody of the child.

  • Expected processing time for application

    8 months

  • Electronic application fee
    460 €

  • Paper application fee
    690 €

This is what you should do


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


Make sure you have all the attachments needed. If necessary, have them translated and legalised.


Fill in your application.


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


Book an appointment for a visit at a service point.


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


Make sure you meet the requirements for becoming a citizen before you submit an application.

General attachments

  • Valid passport or another identity document if the child does not have a passport
  • Certificate of language skills, if the child is over 15 years of age
  • Proof of appointment of a legal guardian, if the guardian submits the application