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Document certifying a British citizen’s rights as a frontier worker

  • Paper application fee

    49 € 

The withdrawal agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU entered into force on 1 February 2020. The withdrawal agreement protects also the rights of frontier workers.

A frontier worker works, or pursues activities as a self-employed person, in Finland, but lives in another EU Member State. 

Use this form if you have been working in Finland as a frontier worker already before the transition period ended on 31 December 2020, and you want to apply for a document under the withdrawal agreement certifying that you are a frontier worker protected by the withdrawal agreement. 

You can apply for a document certifying your rights as a frontier worker until 30 September 2021. When you have the document, travelling to Finland, working in Finland and returning to your country of residence will be easier for you. 

If you start working in Finland as a frontier working for the first time after the transition period ended on 31 December 2020, you can no longer apply for a document certifying your rights as a frontier worker under the withdrawal agreement. You can apply for a residence permit in the same way as other persons coming from outside the EU. You can read more about applying for a residence permit on the page migri.fi/en/residence-permit.

Make sure that you meet the following requirements:

Application process step by step:

This is what you should do:

1

Read the migri.fi website carefully.

  • Please read the information on the website on applying for a document certifying your rights as a frontier worker under the withdrawal agreement, as well as the detailed instructions for handling matters at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service

2

Make sure that you meet the requirements of the withdrawal agreement.

3

Make sure that you have all the attachments needed for the application and that they are up to date.

  • If any attachments are missing, this will delay the processing of your application.
  • The attachments you need are listed on this page and on the application form.
  • If necessary, have the attachments translated and legalised.

4

Fill in the application carefully.

  • If the Finnish Immigration Service needs to ask you to supplement your application, this will delay the processing of your application.

5

Book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service, a Finnish mission or an application centre of an external service provider.

  • Book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service online at migri.vihta.com. Select EU registration as the service category and Brexit as the service. You will find instructions on how to book an appointment on the page migri.fi/en/how-to-book-an-appointment.
  • You must submit the application in person and pay the processing fee at one of our service points.
  • If you are visiting a Finnish mission or an application centre of an external service provider, please read instructions and book an appointment on the website finlandabroad.fi
  • Bring with you all the attachments.
  • You have to give your fingerprints when visiting a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service, a Finnish mission or an application centre of an external service provider.

6

We will inform you when we have made a decision on your matter.

  • You do not need to contact the Finnish Immigration Service while your application is being processed.
  • If we need further information from you, we will contact you.

Attachments

You must present the attachments in original when you submit your application. If they are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, they must be accompanied by a translation into one of these languages by an authorised translator.

However, a document that has been issued by an authority in an EU Member State concerning birth, marriage, registered partnership or death does not need to be translated, if you attach to the document a multilingual standard form issued by the authority in question.

Employee

  • Copy of your passport (you must also present the passport in original)
  • A passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police, or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
  • Certificate showing your legal right of residence in your country of residence 
  • Certificate of your employment in your country of employment

You can prove your employment by attaching to your application, for example, the following documents: 

  • Employment contract
  • Payslips for the past three months
  • Bank statements for the past three months showing the payment of your wages

Self-employed

  • Copy of your passport (you must also present the passport in original)
  • A passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police, or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
  • Certificate showing your legal right of residence in your country of residence 
  • Documentation on your self-employment in your country of employment

The documentation can consist of, for example, the following attachments: 

  • Your company’s Trade Register extract
  • Your company’s completed financial statements 
  • Your personal tax decisions 
  • Your company’s client contracts or commission invoices
  • Certificate of a valid YEL insurance (self-employed persons' pension insurance)
  • Bank statements for the past three months

Unemployed

If your employment relationship or self-employment has ended or you have become incapable for work, attach to the application documentation on this. 

  • Documentation from your employer on the reason why the employment ended
  • If you are unemployed, a certificate of unemployment from an Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office)
  • If you have been self-employed, documentation on the reason why your self-employment ended
  • Documentation on vocational education or training
  • Doctor’s certificate on incapacity for work. The certificate cannot be more than six months old.

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