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Registering an EU citizen's right of residence

Residence card in Finland for a family member of an EU citizen

Apply for a residence card for a family member of an EU citizen if you are a family member of a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland but you yourself are not an EU citizen and you wish to stay in Finland for over three months.

You can also use this application to apply for a new fixed-term residence card, if you do not meet the requirements for a permanent residence permit.

You can submit the application only in Finland.

  • Expected processing time for electronic application
    6 months

  • Expected processing time for paper application
    6 months

  • Electronic application fee
    54 €

  • Paper application fee
    54 €

Make sure you meet the following requirements:

This is what you should do:


Read the website carefully.

  • Read the website to find out about the registration of the right of residence, the residence card of a family member of an EU citizen, and detailed instructions on how to use the services of the Finnish Immigration Service.


Make sure you meet the requirements for a residence card.


Make sure you have all the attachments needed for the application and that they are up to date.

  • If any attachments are missing, it will delay the processing of your application.
  • The attachments you need are listed on this site and on the application.
  • If necessary, you should have your attachments translated and legalised.


Fill in the application carefully.

  • Fill in your application online in our e-service Enter Finland. If you cannot fill in an application online, please use a paper application.
  • If the Finnish Immigration Service has to ask you to supplement your application, this will delay the processing of your application.


Book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

  • Book an appointment in our appointment system online:
  • If you have applied for a residence card in the online service Enter Finland, you must later visit a service point to prove your identity.
  • If you have used a paper form to apply for a residence card, you must submit the application to us personally and pay a processing fee at one of our service points.
  • Bring all your attachments with you.


We will inform you when we have made a decision on your matter.

  • The Finnish Immigration Service will contact you if necessary.
  • You do not need to contact the Finnish Immigration Service while your application is being processed.
  • If we need further information from you, we will contact you.


  • a photo
  • a valid passport
  • if you are the spouse of an EU citizen, a certificate of the marriage or registered partnership
  • if you are the cohabiting partner of an EU citizen, documentation showing that you live together or have a child in your joint custody
  • if you are the child of an EU citizen or a dependant relative, documentation showing the family relationship
  • if you are another family member of an EU citizen,
    • a document issued by an authority in your country of origin or the country of departure certifying that
      • you are a dependant of the EU citizen; or
      • you are a member of the same household as the EU citizen; or
      • proof of the existence of serious health grounds which absolutely require that the EU citizen personally cares for you

If your family member is a Finnish citizen, attach to your application documentation proving that your family member has exercised his or her right of free movement and that you have lived together in another EU Member State.

Normally, a legalised document issued by an authority is presented as documentation of family ties. Legalisation is not required, if the document presented as proof of family ties has been issued by an authority in one of the Nordic countries or in an EU Member State.

Right to work

As a family member of an EU citizen, you have the right to start working immediately after arriving in Finland, provided that your family member lives in Finland or is moving to Finland.

Residence card in Finland for a family member of an EU citizen, EU_KORTTI

Fill in an electronic application

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