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Residence permit card

If you are granted a residence permit, you will receive a residence permit card.

If you submitted your application in Finland 

Once a decision has been issued, the card will be sent to your nearest Matkahuolto service point within two weeks. You will receive a notification of arrival by email and text message, containing the Matkahuolto consignment number, the address of the Matkahuolto service point and the last day when the card is still available for collection. If you do not have a phone number or an email address, the Matkahuolto notification of arrival will be sent to you by post.

When collecting your card, bring with you:

  • the message from Matkahuolto containing the consignment number, and
  • a certificate of a pending residence permit application containing the PIN code required for collection (The PIN code is the bar code of the certificate).
    • You can log in to your Enter Finland account and print out a new certificate of a pending application.
    • If you have submitted a paper application, a new certificate of a pending application will be posted to you to your home address once a decision has been issued. 

If you submitted your application outside Finland 

You will receive the card via the Finnish embassy. 

If you have not received your residence permit card within six weeks of the making of the decision, please email the Finnish Immigration Service at migri@migri.fi.

When applying for a residence permit via the fast track service,

you can choose whether you want to receive your residence permit card in Finland or abroad. 
You can receive the card in Finland, if you come from a visa-free country or apply for a D visa when submitting your fast-track application.

If you wish to receive your residence permit card in Finland, it will be delivered to your nearest Matkahuolto service point within two weeks after the decision has been made. The nearest service point is determined on the basis of the address in Finland that you have given in your application. You will be notified of the arrival of the card by email and text message. The notice of arrival will include the consignment number, the address of the Matkahuolto service point, and the last date when the card is still available for collection.

If you wish to receive your residence permit card abroad and proved your identity 

  • at a VFS Global application centre, the card will be delivered to the nearest Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). 
  • at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate), the card will be delivered to the mission that you visited to prove your identity.

General information

The chip of the residence permit card contains biometric identifiers, for example a facial image and two fingerprints. To ensure data security, the card has to be renewed every five years.

The period of validity of your residence permit is printed on the residence permit card. If your permit expires, you cannot apply for an extension by applying for a new residence permit card. You need to apply for an extended permit instead.

If you have a permanent residence permit and your card is about to expire, you do not need to apply for a new permanent residence permit. You only need to apply for a new card. A permanent residence permit card must be renewed every five years.

The Finnish Immigration Service started issuing new residence permit cards in the end of September 2020. Your current card is valid until its expiry date. You do not need to replace your current card with a new one. If you have, for example, recently been granted a permanent residence permit, your residence permit card will be valid for the following five years. After this, your card can be replaced with a new card. If you want your card to be replaced earlier, you must pay the processing fee for renewal of a residence permit card.

Contents of a residence permit card

The period of validity of the residence permit is printed on the card. 

1. Permit type, or the grounds for issuing the permit:

  • A = continuous residence permit
  • B = temporary residence permit
  • P = permanent residence permit
  • P-EU or P-EY = a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national.

2. The date before which the card must be renewed.

The field “HUOMAUTUKSIA/ANMÄRKNINGAR” (remarks) on the front side of the card: 

3. Finnish Immigration Service customer number.

4. Right to work: the section of the Aliens Act printed on the card reveals the extent of the card holder’s right to work. 

  • In a residence permit for an employed person (TTOL), the right to work and its extent is only printed on the back side of the card. In a residence permit for an employed person, the extent of the right to work is always case-specific, and the right to work can be described in enough detail on the back side of the card.

The field “HUOMAUTUKSIA/ANMÄRKNINGAR” (remarks) on the back side of the card:

5. Any relevant information concerning the permit can be entered in this field, such as additional details on the right to work. In a residence permit for an employed person (TTOL), the details on the right to work that is included in the permit are described in this field. These can be, for example, details on the employer and on the industries where the permit holder may work.

 

Contents of a residence permit card

1. The period of validity of the residence permit is printed on the card. If the residence permit is permanent, the card bears the words PYSYVÄ/PERMANENT.

2. Permit type, or the grounds for issuing the permit:

  • A = continuous residence permit
  • B = temporary residence permit
  • P = permanent residence permit
  • P-EU or P-EY = a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national

3. The section of the Aliens Act printed on the card reveals the extent of the card holder’s right to work. TTOL means a residence permit for an employed person. This is followed by a list of industries where the permit holder may work.

4. Finnish Immigration Service customer number.

5. The date before which the card must be renewed.

The front of a residence permit card

The back of a residence permit card

Brexit residence permit card

1. Permit type, or the grounds for issuing the permit:

  • SEU-sopimuksen 50 artikla = Right of residence under the withdrawal agreement
  • P SEU-sopimuksen 50 artikla = Right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement

2.The date before which the card must be renewed.

3. Finnish Immigration Service customer number.

The field “HUOMAUTUKSIA/ANMÄRKNINGAR” (remarks) on the back side of the card:

4. Any relevant information concerning the permit can be entered in this field, such as the extent of the card holder’s right to work and if the card holder is a frontier worker.