Residence permit for a victim of human trafficking

If you have become a victim of human trafficking, or if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that you have become a victim, you may get a residence permit in Finland.

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is a serious crime against an individual’s personal freedom. If you are a victim of human trafficking, someone forces you to stay in a situation where you are exploited and you cannot leave. A human trafficker may keep you in his or her control for example by threatening you or your loved ones with violence, or with a loss of your residence permit. He or she may also demand that you should pay back an unreasonably high debt.

If you are for example forced into sex work or heavy work without proper pay or days off, you may be a victim of human trafficking.

Human trafficking is often linked to organised crime. However, your human trafficker may also be someone you know personally.

Are you a victim of human trafficking?

If you are a victim of human trafficking, please contact the assistance system for victims of human trafficking.

You can call us at +358 2954 63177 (24 h)
or email us at ihmiskauppa.auttamisjarjestelma@migri.fi

We will help you even if you are in Finland illegally.

Residence permit for a victim of human trafficking

If you are a victim of human trafficking, you may get a temporary residence permit.

In order to get a temporary residence permit, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You need to stay in Finland because of a pre-trial investigation or court proceedings related to human trafficking.
  • You cooperate with the authorities to help them catch the persons who are suspected of human trafficking.
  • You are no longer in contact with the persons suspected of human trafficking.

If you are in a particularly vulnerable position, you may get a continuous residence permit. In this case, you do not need to cooperate with the authorities, and a pre-trial investigation or court proceedings do not need to be the reason why you stay in Finland.

Applying for a residence permit

You need to be in Finland to be able to apply for a residence permit for a victim of human trafficking. You may get a residence permit even if you do not have a valid passport. You do not need to have secure means of support.

Family members

If you have been granted a residence permit for a victim of human trafficking, your family may apply for a residence permit on the basis of family ties.

You are allowed to work if you have a residence permit for a victim of human trafficking

If you have been granted a residence permit for a victim of human trafficking, there are no limits on your right to work and study in Finland. Read more on the page Right to work.

Application process when you are applying for a residence permit for a victim of human trafficking

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