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Payment obligation

To be able to become a Finnish citizen, you must have paid your:

  • taxes
  • fines
  • hospital fees
  • child maintenance payments
  • state-guaranteed student loan instalments.

In addition, you may not have any of your Kela benefits subject to garnishment.

If you have not fulfilled your payment obligations, we will consider:

  • how large a sum is unpaid and how important the payment is
  • whether you have attempted to pay the sum 
  • whether you have created a payment plan and followed it. 

Failure to take care of your payment obligations may prevent you from becoming a Finnish citizen.