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Extended permit for a family member

A residence permit on the basis of family ties is usually granted for 1–4 years at a time. If your residence permit is going to expire but you want to stay in Finland, apply for an extended permit. Apply for an extended permit before your previous permit expires.

There are several extended permit application forms. The form you should use depends on whether your family ties are still the same as they were when you applied for your previous residence permit. For example, if you are still married to the same person and you are applying for an extended permit on the grounds of your marriage, your family ties are still the same. If you are applying for an extended permit on the grounds of a new relationship, your family ties have changed. In Finland, a person you are dating is not considered to be your family member. However, the person you are dating may get a residence permit on other grounds. Please notice that if you were a child when you got your residence permit on the basis of family ties, you cannot get an extended permit on the same grounds after you have turned 18.

If you apply for an extended permit only 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.

If you are applying for an extended permit through the Enter Finland service and have used strong electronic identification, you do not necessarily need to prove your identity and can provide your fingerprints at a service point. Enter Finland will tell you whether you have to visit a service point or whether the electronic identification is sufficient.

Application process when you are applying for an extended permit on the basis of family ties