Processing fees and payment methods
The processing of an application is subject to a fee. The processing fees mentioned on this page apply to applications that were submitted in 2020.
We will not start processing your application until you have paid the fee. If you do not pay the processing fee, your application for a residence permit, a travel document or revocation of a prohibition of entry will expire.
You cannot pay the processing fee to the account of the Finnish Immigration Service.
- If you fill in a citizenship application online, you need to pay the application fee through the e-service.
- If you are applying to prevent the cancellation of a residence permit or to revoke a prohibition of entry, or you are asking for a certificate, please check the payment instructions on the application form.
Refund of a payment
We can refund the processing fee only if the fee charged from you was too high or unfounded for reasons connected with the authorities, or because you have chosen the wrong application and therefore have paid the wrong processing fee. The processing fee for an online application will be refunded to you if you cancel your application before you prove your identity.
You can ask for a refund by email or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.
Request for refund by email
Send your request for refund to [email protected]
Your email message must include the following:
- Attach a receipt for the payment or the payment details from your online bank statement (the sum, the date of payment, the name of the payer and the identification number such as an order number, a reference number or a filing number). If you have already submitted a new application and paid the processing fee for it, attach also the receipt for this payment or the payments details from your online bank statement.
- The bank account into which the refund is paid: the account number in IBAN format, the BIC/SWIFT code and the name of the account holder.
- If the bank account is not in a Finnish bank, inform us also of your current home address for receiving the refund.
We will inform you when the refund has been paid. It takes normally from 2 to 3 months to issue the refund.
When you ask for a refund by email, the fee cannot be refunded to a credit card.
Refund at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service
We can refund a processing fee at our service points only in the following cases:
- The type of matter for your application changes at a service point (for example, you have paid the wrong processing fee online and you are refunded the difference of the processing fees).
- You or the person you wish to receive the refund has a debit or credit card to which the payment is refunded.
Fees of the Finnish Immigration Service (EUR) in 2020
The fees charged by the Finnish Immigration Service are laid down in the Ministry of the Interior Decree 1457/2019 (in Finnish). Note! Certain applications are free of charge, as laid down in the decree mentioned above. The applications that are free of charge are listed at the bottom of this page.
|Paper application||Electronic application|
|Application for release from citizenship||520||-|
|- declaration of a minor applicant (younger than 18)||100||80|
|Request for determination of citizship status||100||-|
Residence permits and registration of an EU citizen
|Paper application||Electronic application|
|First residence permit (others than those mentioned below)||520||470|
First residence permit for work:
First residence permit, no labour market testing:
First residence permit for seasonal work for 3–6 months, no labour market testing
First residence permit for seasonal work for 6–9 months (requires a partial decision)
|Certificate for seasonal work||100||75|
First residence permit for an entrepreneur
- start-up entrepreneur
- other entrepreneur
|First residence permit for studies||450||350|
|First residence permit, minor holder||270||240|
|Extended permit for studies or for a minor||200||200|
|Permanent residence permit||190||190|
|Permanent residence permit, minor holder||150||150|
|Registration of an EU citizen's right of residence||54||54|
|Residence card or permanent residence card for a family member of an EU citizen||48||48|
|Certificate of an EU citizen's right of permanent residence||54||54|
|Renewal of a residence permit card||80||-|
|Renewal of the residence card of a family member of an EU citizen||48||-|
|New residence permit card to replace a lost one||120||-|
|Application for preventing the cancellation of a residence permit||100||-|
|Alien's passport and refugee travel document||45|
|Alien's passport and refugee travel document (rejection)||45|
|New document to replace a lost one||120|
|Application to revoke a prohibition of entry||100|
|Notification of relocation within EU (mobility notification for students, researchers or researchers' family members)||100|
|Certificate issued at request||50|
|1–20 photocopies, price per page||0,85|
|21 or more photocopies, price per page||0,40|
|Mailing||5,05 + postage|
Unattended appointment that has not been cancelled
A processing fee is not charged for the following applications
- An application of a child who is a co-applicant in his or her parent’s citizenship application or declaration
- A citizenship declaration of an applicant who can prove that he has served in the Finnish army during the Finnish wars in 1939–1945 as conscripted or summoned to military service or as a volunteer
- A citizenship declaration of an applicant who can prove that he or she was sent to Sweden, Denmark or Norway as a child due to the Second World War
Residence permit matters
- A fixed-term residence permit of a foreign national who is accepted to Finland as a quota refugee
- An application for international protection or for a new fixed-term extended residence permit on the basis of international or temporary protection
- A residence permit which is granted to a foreign national on the basis of him or her being a victim of human trafficking and a new fixed-term extended residence permit on the same grounds
A processing fee is charged for the application. The processing fee is returned if the applicant is granted a residence permit as a victim of human trafficking.
- A residence permit which is granted to a foreign national on the basis of section 52 d of the Aliens Act (301/2004)
- A new fixed-term extended permit on the grounds that the personal situation of the foreign national is especially difficult because the foreign national’s spouse has acted violently or abusively towards him or her or his or her child, or accepted such violence or abuse towards them, during the time that the foreign national and the spouse have had family ties to each other
- A continuous residence permit for a foreign national who, according to section 52 e of the Aliens Act, is in a witness protection programme as referred to in the act on the witness protection programme
- A residence permit which is granted to a foreign national who is employed at a foreign mission (embassy or consulate)
- A residence permit application of a citizen of New Zealand. No processing fee is collected because Finland and New Zealand agreed on the abolition of visas in 1973.