Extension of temporary protection
Legislative amendments concerning the extension of temporary protection entered into force on 30 December 2022. Starting from 19 January 2023, we will extend all residence permits granted on the basis of temporary protection so that the permits are valid until 4 March 2024. This means that we will extend your permit automatically and you do not need to apply for an extension.
In future, all residence permits that we grant on the basis of temporary protection will be valid until 4 March 2024.
You will receive a letter from the Finnish Immigration Service when your residence permit for temporary protection has been extended
Once we have extended the residence permit you have been granted on the basis of temporary protection, we will send you a letter containing information about the extension and about your residence permit card. Please make sure that your reception centre has your current address and telephone number.
If we have your phone number, we will also send you a text message stating that your permit has been extended. The message will be in Finnish and English. It will contain a link to our website: migri.fi/uk/timcasovij-zahist. The sender of the message is ‘Migri’. You cannot reply to the message.
You are not required to apply for a new residence permit card
Your residence permit and your current residence permit card will be valid until 4 March 2024, and it is legal for you to stay in Finland even if you do not apply for a new card.
However, if you want a new card, you can apply for it on 25 January 2023 at the earliest. The updated validity period of your residence permit will be printed on the new card. You cannot apply for a new residence permit card before 25 January 2023. The new residence permit card is free of charge for clients receiving temporary protection. You do not need a new photo for the card. We will use the same photo as in the previous residence permit card that was issued to you as proof of temporary protection.
Read instructions how to apply for a new residence permit card on page Residence permit card on the basis of temporary protection.