Residence permit application for a start-up entrepreneur
Apply for a residence permit with this application if you intend to come to Finland as a start-up entrepreneur.
You must obtain a positive Eligibility Statement from Business Finland before you can apply for this permit. See the website of Business Finland for information on what type of start-up company can be given a positive Eligibility Statement.
Apply for an Eligibility Statement from Business Finland online in Enter Finland. Only one person in your start-up team needs to apply for the statement and share it with the rest of the team.
Expected processing time for an electronic application
First permit 14 days / extended permit 1 month
Expected processing time for a paper application
First permit 1–2 month / extended permit 1 month
Electronic application fee
First permit 350 € / extended permit 160 €
Paper application fee
First permit 480 € / extended permit 430 €
Right to work
When you live in Finland with a residence permit for start-up entrepreneurs, your main activity must be start-up entrepreneurship. However, your residence permit for start-up entrepreneurs also allows you to have other gainful employment in addition to your start-up company. If you apply for an extended permit, check whether you have the right to work while your application is being processed.