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 are a start-up entrepreneur if you own a recently founded company that aims for growth or are about to establish a start-up company.
You must obtain a positive Eligibility Statement from Business Finland before you can apply for this permit. For more information about the Eligibility Statement, see the website of Business Finland. Apply for an Eligibility Statement 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.
If you cannot get a positive Eligibility Statement from Business Finland, you can apply for a residence permit for an entrepreneur instead.
A first residence permit for start-up entrepreneurs can be granted for 2 years. You are required to have sufficient financial resources for the entire duration of your residence permit.
Expected processing time for an electronic application
First permit 14 days / extended permit 1–2 months
Expected processing time for a paper application
First permit 1–2 month / extended permit 1–2 months
Electronic application fee
First permit 400 € / extended permit 170 €
Paper application fee
First permit 480 € / extended permit 430 €
You can apply for a D visa at the same time as you apply for a residence permit. The D visa allows you to travel to Finland immediately after you have been issued with a residence permit and a D visa sticker has been attached to your passport. Read more about the D visa.
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 do other work in addition to running 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.