You can be granted a residence permit in two weeks if you apply via the fast track service
You can fast-track your residence permit application and receive a decision in two weeks, if you are coming to Finland to work
- as a specialist
- as a start-up entrepreneur
- with the EU Blue Card
- as a specialist or manager with an ICT residence permit
- in top or middle management of a company
Your spouse and children can also fast-track their residence permit applications if they apply at the same time as you. Read more about the fast-track service for family members.
To fast-track the processing of your application, you must
- fill in an application and add all the necessary attachments in the online service Enter Finland
- pay the application in Enter Finland, and
- prove your identity within five (5) working days of submitting your application.
You can only apply for a first residence permit via the fast track service, not for an extended permit. If you are in Finland already, you cannot apply using the fast track service.
Your employer must add the terms of employment to your application
If you are applying for a residence permit as a specialist or for an EU Blue Card, for an intra-corporate transferee permit (‘ICT residence permit’) or for a residence permit for persons working in top or middle management of a company, your employer must use Enter Finland for Employers to add the terms of employment to your application within two (2) working days after you have submitted your application in Enter Finland.
If you apply for a D visa, you can travel to Finland immediately after a residence permit has been granted
When applying for a residence permit using the fast-track service, you can also apply for a D visa at the same time. With a D visa, you can arrive in Finland immediately after a decision has been made on your application. Read more on the page D visa.
Watch our video on how to apply using the fast-track service.