The residence permit card

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I give my fingerprints?

Your fingerprints will be taken when you submit your residence permit application. Abroad this takes place at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate), and in Finland at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

Who needs to give fingerprints?

All persons over the age of 6 submitting an application for a residence permit must give their fingerprints while submitting the application. For instance long distances or economic reasons are not sufficient grounds for failing to give one's fingerprints.

I have lost my residence permit card or my residence permit card has been stolen. What should I do?

If you lose your card in Finland or your card is stolen in Finland, you must report this to the police. Apply for a new residence permit card at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. You will need to give your fingerprints again.

If you lose your card while abroad, or your card is stolen while abroad, you must report this to the authorities of the country you are visiting. You should contact the Finnish embassy, who is responsible for issuing any visa that may be required. You must then submit an application for a new card at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service in Finland. If the embassy does not grant you a visa, you must submit a new residence permit application at the embassy in order to return to Finland.

Apply for a new card at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. You can find the instruction on how to apply here.

I have received a residence permit card, but there is incorrect information on the card. What should I do?

Inform the Finnish Immigration Service in writing about the incorrect information. Specify what information should be corrected and in what way. Remember to also include your contact information.The Finnish Immigration Service will determine the cause of the incorrect information. After this, the Finnish Immigration Service will let you know if the information will be corrected without a new application or if you need to apply for a new card.

I have a permanent residence permit sticker in my passport. My passport is about to expire. What should I do?

You must apply for a new passport from the same authorities who issued your previous passport. Usually this means your own country's embassy in Finland. If you have an alien's passport or a refugee travel document issued by Finland, you must submit a re-application at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

The residence permit sticker will not be transferred to your new passport, instead you must apply for a residence permit card from the Finnish Immigration Service. The residence permit card is proof of your right to reside in Finland.

Apply for a new card at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. You can find the instruction on how to apply here.

I am going abroad on holiday. I have a residence permit sticker for a permanent permit in my passport. Is it still valid now that Finland has adopted residence permit cards?

You can travel abroad if you have a valid residence permit sticker in your passport. You can travel while your residence permit is valid but you must apply for a residence permit card before your residence permit or passport expires. An extension to the residence permit cannot be applied for while abroad; an application can only be submitted at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service in Finland. This is the reason why your residence permit must also be valid when you return to Finland.

If the decision on my residence permit or asylum application is positive, when can I pick up my residence permit card?

A positive residence permit or asylum decision cannot be served immediately after the decision has been made, because it takes approximately two weeks to manufacture and post the residence permit card.

The cards are manufactured by a private company, and the Finnish Immigration Service has no influence over how soon the cards can be delivered. Please note that phone calls to the Finnish Immigration Service do not speed up the manufacturing of your card.

What kind of information is labelled on a residence permit card? How does the card look like?

Please, find the answer on the page residence permit card.

I have a new passport. What do I do with my residence permit card?

Your residence permit card must have the same personal data as your passport. If your personal details in your new passport are the same as in your old passport and in your residence permit card, you do not need to do anything.
If your personal data, such as your name, has changed, you must apply for a new residence permit card. Apply for a new card at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. You can find the instruction on how to apply here.

My residence permit card is about to expire but my residence permit is still valid. What should I do?

You have to renew your card. Apply for a new card at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. You can find the instruction on how to apply here.

Can I send the application to renew the residence permit card by post?

No, you cannot because new fingerprints are needed for the card and you have to prove your identity. You cannot apply for the card in the e-service Enter Finland, either.

How do I renew a child’s residence permit card?

A child’s card is renewed the same way as the card for an adult at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. You can find the instruction on how to apply here.

All children over the age of six have to give their fingerprints. The child has to visit a service point to prove his or her identity.

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