Refusal of entry

If you have applied for a residence permit on the basis of international protection or temporary protection and have not been granted a residence permit on any grounds, the negative decision you receive will usually be accompanied by a decision on refusal of entry.

At the same time, you are usually given 30 days to leave Finland voluntarily. If you do not leave Finland within this time, the police will remove you from the country.

When is refusal of entry not enforced?

If you have appealed against the decision to an Administrative Court, you will not be removed from the country before the Administrative Court makes a decision. If you have applied for leave to appeal to the Supreme Administrative Court, your refusal of entry may be enforced, unless the Supreme Administrative Court expressly orders that you may not be removed from the country.

In other words, when someone is refused entry, the Finnish Immigration Service makes a decision on refusal of entry, after which the police enforces it.

You may be removed from the country immediately after the decision has been served to you if:

  • you can be sent to another country that is responsible for examining your asylum application according to the Dublin Regulation;
  • you can be sent to another EU member state where you have received international protection;
  • you have cancelled your application and received a decision on its expiry; or
  • you have submitted a subsequent application which does not contain any new grounds that would influence our decision on your matter.

If you have submitted a subsequent application, it is possible that in some cases you may be removed from the country before we make a decision on your subsequent application. This may happen in the following cases:

  • You have already submitted one subsequent application which did not contain any new grounds that would have influenced our decision on your matter, and we have made a decision on that application, but you then submit another subsequent application.
  • You have already received a decision, appealed the decision, cancelled your appeal and then submitted a subsequent application.

You may be removed from the country on the eighth day after the negative decision has been served to you if:

  • you have arrived from a safe country of asylum; or
  • your application has been found to be manifestly unfounded.

In all of these cases, you may request an Administrative Court to prohibit the enforcement of refusal of entry. If you apply for a prohibition of enforcement, you must submit your application within seven days (including five working days) after the decision has been served on you.

The Administrative Court makes its decision on your prohibition application within seven days (including five working days). You cannot be removed from the country before the Administrative Court has processed your application for a prohibition of enforcement.

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