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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.

You can apply for this residence permit via the fast-track service and get the permit in two weeks. Read more on the page Fast track

  • 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 €

     

This is what you should do

Prepare:

Fill in the application:

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.

Residence permit application for a start-up entrepreneur

Fill in an electronic application

Extended permit for an entrepreneur, OLE_YRI

Fill in an electronic application