Residence permit application on the basis of family ties for a child whose guardian lives in Finland

Apply with this application for a residence permit for an unmarried child under 18 years of age. The purpose of applying for the residence permit is that the child will move to Finland to lead a family life with his or her guardian.

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    1–6 months

  • Expected processing time for paper application

    2–9 months

  • Electronic application fee

    220 €

  • Paper application fee

    250 €

Guardian in Finland with a residence permit

If your child is born in Finland, you must apply for a residence permit for the baby within three months of the birth. You must apply for a residence permit for your child even if you have applied for Finnish citizenship for him or her, because the child needs to have the right to stay in Finland.

This is what you should do

1

Make sure you meet the requirements for the residence permit you are applying for.

2

Make sure you have all the attachments needed. If necessary, have them translated and legalised.

3

Fill in your application.

4

Pay for your application in the e-service Enter Finland, at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

5

If you are abroad, visit a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). If you are already in Finland, book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

6

Wait for a decision. The Finnish Immigration Service will contact you if necessary.

General requirements for entry into Finland

Make sure you meet the general requirements for entry into Finland before you submit an application.

Requirements

Make sure you also meet the following requirements:

Income requirement

You have secure means of support.

  • You cannot secure your means of support with benefits paid by the society.
  • Your means of support may for example be secured by the income from employment or business activities of a sponsor living in Finland.

Right to work

You have an unrestricted right to work. You cannot start working before you get a residence permit.

If the holder of a residence permit card is under 18 years of age, his or her right to work will be printed on the card only if he or she has turned or will turn 15 during the card’s period of validity. Finnish labour legislation sets restrictions on the work of persons who are under 18 years of age.

 

 

Attachments

Residence permit application on the basis of family ties for a child whose guardian lives in Finland, OLE_PH4

Fill in an electronic application
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