Residence permit application for an employee of a religious community
Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are going to work in the service of a religious community.
- Your work must involve practising the religion.
- To get a residence permit on the basis of work, you must be paid a salary.
If your employer has obtained employer certification, you can apply for a D visa at the same time as you apply for a residence permit. The D visa allows you to travel to Finland immediately after you have been issued with a residence permit and a D visa sticker has been attached to your passport. Read more about the D visa.
Your spouse and children can apply for a D visa if they are applying for a residence permit on the basis of family ties.
Expected processing time for electronic application
First permit 1–2 months / extended permit 2 months
Expected processing time for paper application
First permit 2 months / extended permit 2 months
Electronic application fee
First permit 380 € / extended permit 160 €
Paper application fee
First permit 480€ / extended permit 430 €
Right to work
- You cannot start working before you get a residence permit.
- Your right to work gives you the right to perform the work for which you have been granted a residence permit.
If you apply for an extended permit, check if you have the right to work while your application is being processed.