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Right of residence for British citizen under the withdrawal agreement

The withdrawal agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU entered into force on 1 February 2020. A transitional period running to the end of 2020 started at the same time.

If you have had a right of residence in Finland as an EU citizen before the ending of the transitional period on 31 December 2020 and you want to continue to reside in Finland after the transitional period ends, you should apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement during the application period from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021.

Use this form if you are a British citizen and are applying for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement for yourself or for your child who is a British citizen, and you have already earlier registered your right of residence as EU citizens but you do not yet meet the requirements for a right of permanent residence.

Use this form also if you have arrived in Finland for the first time between 1 October 2020 and 31 December 2020, meet the requirements listed below for a right of residence, and want to continue to reside in Finland after the transitional period ends.

If your right of residence as an EU citizen has been registered in Finland but you are temporarily residing abroad, you can apply for your right of residence under the withdrawal agreement from abroad. In this case, you should submit your application at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or at an application centre of an external service provider.

  • Electronic application fee

    48 €

  • Paper application fee

    48 €

If you arrive in Finland for the first time after the transitional period ends on 31 December 2020, you cannot apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement. You must apply for a residence permit in the same manner as other persons coming from non-EU countries. You can read more about applying for a residence permit at migri.fi/en/residence-permit

If you have the status of other relative, it is required that you have resided in Finland and applied for or received a residence card for an EU citizen’s family member or a registration of right of residence, or that you have applied for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement or for a visa by the time the transition period ends, i.e. on 31 December 2020. You cannot apply for right of residence under the withdrawal agreement after 31 December 2020.

Make sure you meet the following requirements:

Application process step by step

This is what you should do:

1

Read the migri.fi website carefully.

  • Please read the information on the website on applying for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, as well as the detailed instructions for handling matters at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

2

Make sure that you meet the requirements for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement.

3

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 page and on the application form.
  • If necessary, have the attachments translated and legalised.

4

Fill in the application carefully.

  • Fill in the application in our online service Enter Finland. If you are unable to fill in the application online, use a paper application.
  • If the Finnish Immigration Service needs to ask you to supplement your application, this will delay the processing of your application.

5

Book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service, a Finnish mission or an application centre of an external service provider.

  • Book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service online at migri.vihta.com. Select EU registration as the service category and Brexit as the service. You will find instructions on how to book an appointment on the page migri.fi/en/how-to-book-an-appointment.
  • If you have applied for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement online in the e-service Enter Finland, you must visit a service point to prove your identity.
  • If you are using a paper form to apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, you must submit the application in person and pay the processing fee at one of our service points.
  • If you are visiting a Finnish mission of an application centre of an external service provider, please read instructions and book an appointment on the website finlandabroad.fi
  • Bring with you all the attachments.
  • All applicants must be present when submitting the application. If the applicant is an underage child, the child’s parent or guardian must be present when submitting the application.  If the other parent or guardian of the child is not present when the application is submitted, you must submit the other parent’s or guardian’s written consent for the child to move to Finland. The written consent may be free-form.
  • All applicants over the age of six have to give their fingerprints when visiting a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service, a Finnish mission or an application centre of an external service provider.

6

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

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

Attachments

You must present your attachments in original when you submit the application. If they are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, they must be accompanied by a translation into one of these languages by an authorised translator.

However, a document that has been issued by an authority in an EU Member State concerning birth, marriage, registered partnership or death does not need to be translated, if you attach to the document a multilingual standard form issued by the authority in question.

  • Employee
    • Copy of your passport or identity card (you must also present the document in original)
    • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police, or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
    • Certificate of employment
      • You can prove your employment by attaching to your application, for example, the following documents: 
        • Employment contract
        • Payslips for the past three months
        • Bank statements for the past three months showing payment of your wages
  • Self-employed person
    • Copy of your passport or identity card (you must also present the document in original)
    • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police, or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
    • Documentation on self-employment
      • The documentation can consist of, for example, the following attachments: 
        • The company’s Trade Register extract
        • The company’s completed financial statements 
        • Your personal tax decisions 
        • The company’s client contracts or commission invoices
        • Certificate of a valid YEL insurance (self-employed persons' pension insurance)
        • Bank statements for the past three months
  • Unemployed person
    • If your employment relationship or your self-employment has ended or you have become incapable for work, attach to your application documentation on this. 
      • Documentation from your employer on the reason why the employment ended
      • If you are unemployed, a certificate of unemployment from an Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office)
      • If you have been self-employed, documentation on the reason why your self-employment ended
      • Documentation on vocational education and training
      • Doctor’s certificate on incapacity for work (the certificate cannot be more than six months old)
  • Student
    • Copy of your passport or identity card (you must also present the document in original)
    • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police, or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
    • Certificate of attendance from your educational institution
    • Personal assurance of sufficient financial resources for yourself and your family members
    • Documentation on comprehensive health insurance coverage
  • Person who has sufficient financial resources
    • Copy of your passport or identity card (you must also present the document in original)
    • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police, or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
    • Documentation on sufficient financial resources for yourself and your family members
    • Documentation on comprehensive health insurance coverage
  • Spouse/cohabiting partner/child
    • Copy of your passport or identity card (you must also present the document in original)
    • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police, or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
    • Documentation on cohabitation, for example a tenancy agreement, an extract from a register of occupants or other similar document(s) showing that you have lived together for at least two years 
    • Documentation on family ties, for example a marriage certificate, birth certificate or other similar document showing the family tie (the certificate must be legalised, unless issued by one of the Nordic countries or an EU Member State)
    • If the other parent or guardian of a child is not staying in Finland, you must submit the other parent's or guardian's written consent for the child to move to Finland (have the document confirmed by a notary public)
    • For a spouse or a registered partner, a document showing that the marriage or registered partnership has existed before the ending of the transitional period from 1 February to 31 December 2020
  • Dependent parents and children over 21 years of age
    • Copy of your passport or identity card (you must also present the document in original)
    • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police, or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
    • Proof of dependency (the proof can be, for example, documentation on financial dependence)
    • Document showing family ties (the document must be legalised, unless issued by one of the Nordic countries or an EU Member State)
  • Other relative
    • Copy of your passport or identity card (you must also present the document in original)
    • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police, or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
    • Proof of dependency (the proof can be, for example, documentation on financial dependence)
    • Document showing family ties (the document must be legalised, unless issued by one of the Nordic countries or an EU Member State)

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Updated 2 October 2020