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Extended permit (new fixed-term residence permit)

If you wish to continue your stay in Finland but your residence permit is going to expire, apply for an extended permit. An extended permit is granted for up to four years. If you have lived in Finland long enough and also meet the other requirements, you may apply for a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit for third-country nationals.

If you still meet the same requirements you met when your previous residence permit was granted to you, the Finnish Immigration Service will grant you an extended permit.

Alternatively, you can apply for an extended permit on new grounds. Remember that you need to meet the requirements for the residence permit you apply for.

In most cases, you can apply for an extended permit using the same application you used for your previous residence permit. In some cases, you need to submit a different application. Apply for an extended permit on the main grounds of your residence in Finland. For example, if you study or work, or if you are married and work, select the most important reason why you are in Finland, and use it as the grounds for applying for an extended permit. If you are not sure what application form you should use, use the Application Finder to find out.

If you apply for an extended permit online, you do not necessarily need to prove your identity at a service point

If you are applying for an extended permit in the online service Enter Finland and are using strong electronic identification, you do not necessarily need to visit a service point to prove your identity and to have your fingerprints taken.

Strong electronic identification means that you verify your identity in the e-service Enter Finland with your online banking credentials, citizen certificate or mobile certificate.

After you have submitted your application, the e-service will tell you whether you have to visit a service point or whether the electronic identification is sufficient.

Apply for an extended permit about three months before your residence permit expires

Apply for an extended permit before your residence permit expires. Once you do so, your application will be pending and your right of residence and right to work will remain in accordance with your old permit. Please notice that the processing of applications and your visit to a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service will take some time. If you submit your application for an extended permit online in Enter Finland in time, you do not need to visit a service point to prove your identity before your permit expires.

However, we do not recommend that you apply for an extended permit earlier than three months before the expiry date of your residence permit. If you apply earlier, we may not necessarily be able to assess whether you meet the requirements for an extended residence permit and may be unable to grant the permit. If you have a residence permit for studies, do not apply for an extended permit before you have completed the necessary ECTS credits.

Working while your application is being processed

Whether you are allowed to work while your application is being processed depends on the grounds on which your previous residence permit was granted to you. If you only apply for an extended permit after your residence permit has expired, you are not allowed to continue working. Read more about the right to work while an application for an extended permit is being processed.

You may legally reside in Finland during the processing of your application and the possible appeal process. If you receive a negative extended permit decision and a decision on your removal from the country, you must leave Finland.

New residence permit card from a service point

If you already have a continuous residence permit that is still valid but your residence permit card is broken or gets lost, do not apply for a new continuous residence permit. Instead, you need a new residence permit card. Read the instructions for applying for a new card before you visit a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

You can only apply for an extended permit in Finland

If you submit your application abroad, your application will be processed as an application for a first residence permit even if you have already had a residence permit in Finland. The application will be subject to a processing fee for a first permit.

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