Residence permit application for other grounds

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are applying for a residence permit for a reason which is not one of the reasons for which a separate application form exists. Such reasons are an established dating relationship, an intention to get married with a Finnish citizen or becoming a victim of human trafficking. Tourism is not a valid reason.

Note that an application form does exist for the following: adoption, au pair status, self-employment, former Finnish citizenship, employment as a specialist, studies, remigration, scientific research, internship, employment, sports or coaching and family ties.

  • Expected processing time

    First permit 3–7 months / extended permit 4–7 months

  • Paper application fee

    First permit 470 € / extended permit 200 €

General requirements for entry into Finland

Make sure you meet the general requirements for entry into Finland before you submit an application.

If you have special grounds for applying for a residence permit in Finland, describe these grounds in your application in close detail.

This is what you should do

1

Make sure you meet the requirements for the residence permit you are applying for.

2

Make sure you have all the attachments needed. If necessary, have them translated and legalised.

3

Fill in your application.

4

Pay for your application in the e-service Enter Finland, at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

5

If you are abroad, visit a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). If you are already in Finland, book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

6

Wait for a decision. The Finnish Immigration Service will contact you if necessary.

7

Read what happens after you have applied. Check the estimated processing time of your application here.

8

You should wait for the residence permit in the same country or locality where you submitted your application and proved your identity.

Income requirement

You have secure means of support.

  • You cannot secure your means of support with benefits paid by the society.
  • Your means of support may for example be secured by income from employment or business activities.

Right to work

Your right to work is restricted. This means that you are only allowed do certain kinds of work. You cannot start working before you get a residence permit.

You have the right to work in the following positions:

  • in the top or middle management of a company or in a specialist position requiring special skills
  • as a professional athlete, coach or trainer, or sports judge or referee
  • in the service of a religious or non-profit organisation
  • professionally in the field of science, culture, or arts, with the exception of musicians playing in restaurants
  • in an international organisation or in a position related to official co-operation between states

If you apply for an extended permit, check if you have the right to work while your application is being processed.

General attachments

  • Valid passport (you must present it when you submit the residence permit application)
  • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop, OLEL_PK
  • Colour copies of the passport page containing personal data and of all passport pages that contain notes
  • Document showing that you are legally staying in the country where you submit the application
  • Form MP_1 (if you already are in Finland and apply for your first residence permit)

Application-specific attachments

The necessary attachments depend on your application. See the page of each application for a list of required attachments:

Residence permit application on other grounds, OLE_MUU

Fill in a paper application
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