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.

Payment methods

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. Unfortunately, there is currently a backlog of refunds, and it takes from 7 to 8 months to issue a 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, 374/2020 and 674/2020 (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.

Citizenship matters

 

EUR

  Paper application Electronic application
Citizenship application 520 420
Application for release from citizenship 520 -
Citizenship declaration 200 150
- 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:
- work requiring a partial decision

640 490

First residence permit, no labour market testing:

  • other work
  • specialist
  • specialist, EU Blue Card
  • researcher
  • athlete, coach or trainer
  • internship
  • au pair
  • Working holiday
560 410

First residence permit for seasonal work for 3–6 months, no labour market testing

560 410

First residence permit for seasonal work for 6–9 months (requires a partial decision)

640 490
Certificate for seasonal work 100 75

First residence permit for an entrepreneur

- start-up entrepreneur

- other entrepreneur

 

480

640

 

350

490

First residence permit for studies 450 350
First residence permit, minor holder 270 240
Extended permit 260 260
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 -
Temporary residence permit on the basis of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic 520 -
temporary residence permit on the basis of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic for a minor 270 -
Right of residence under the withdrawal agreement 48 48
Right of permanent residence by virtue of the withdrawal agreement 48 48
Application for right of residence for family member of a British citizen 48 48
Application for right of permanent residence for a family member of a British citizen 48 48

 

Travel documents

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

 

Other payments

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

50

 

A processing fee is not charged for the following applications

Citizenship matters

  • 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.