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Temporary protection for those fleeing Ukraine

The purpose of temporary protection is to provide swift help to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

All residence permits granted on the basis of temporary protection will be extended until 4 March 2024, you do not need to apply for an extended permit

Legislative amendments concerning the extension of temporary protection entered into force on 30 December 2022. Starting from 19 January 2023, we will extend all residence permits granted on the basis of temporary protection so that the permits are valid until 4 March 2024. This means that we will extend your permit automatically and you do not need to apply for an extension.

In future, all residence permits that we grant on the basis of temporary protection will be valid until 4 March 2024. 

You will receive a letter from the Finnish Immigration Service when your residence permit for temporary protection has been extended

Once we have extended the residence permit you have been granted on the basis of temporary protection, we will send you a letter containing information about the extension and about your residence permit card. Please make sure that your reception centre has your current address and telephone number.

If we have your phone number, we will also send you a text message stating that your permit has been extended. The message will be in Finnish and English. It will contain a link to our website: migri.fi/uk/timcasovij-zahist. The sender of the message is ‘Migri’. You cannot reply to the message.

You are not required to apply for a new residence permit card 

Your residence permit and your current residence permit card will be valid until 4 March 2024, and it is legal for you to stay in Finland even if you do not apply for a new card. 

However, if you want a new card, you can apply for it on 25 January 2023 at the earliest. The updated validity period of your residence permit will be printed on the new card. You cannot apply for a new residence permit card before 25 January 2023. The new residence permit card is free of charge for clients receiving temporary protection. You do not need a new photo for the card. We will use the same photo as in the previous residence permit card that was issued to you as proof of temporary protection.

If you want a new residence permit card, we recommend that you apply for it online

You can apply for a new residence permit card in our online service Enter Finland. If you do so, you do not need to visit a service point. You can apply for a new card at any time as long as your residence permit is valid. You will receive your new card within approximately two weeks of submitting the application.

  • If you have children who are under 18 years of age and who have received temporary protection in Finland, you can use Enter Finland to apply for new residence permit cards for them as well. However, you cannot use Enter Finland to apply for a residence permit card for a child who has turned 6 after he or she was granted temporary protection because, under law, your child’s fingerprints are required for the residence permit card. To apply for a residence permit card for a child who is at least 6 years old, you need to visit a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to submit an application. 
  • Children who have reached the age of 15 can also apply for a new card independently in Enter Finland.
  • If you are the representative of an unaccompanied minor, you can use Enter Finland to apply for a new residence permit card for the child.

How to apply for a new residence permit card in Enter Finland

Check our video tutorial how to create an EnterFinland account and apply for a new temporary protection residence permit card.

Create a user account

First, you need to create a user account in Enter Finland. If you already have an account in Enter Finland, log in and move to section ‘Fill in and submit an application’. If you do not have a user account, read the following instructions on how to create a user account:

  1. When you are on the start page of Enter Finland, open the main menu by clicking the icon with three lines in the top left corner of the page. Select ‘Create a user account’.
  2. To create a user account with your email address, click the button ‘Create an account using your email address’ on the right-hand side of the page. 
    • Alternatively, you can create an account using a Suomi.fi or eIDAS identification if you have Finnish online banking credentials, for instance.
  3. Clicking the email button will open the form ‘Create a user account with your email address’. 
    • Fill in the form with the information requested: First name, last name, date of birth, email address and your Finnish mobile phone number. The phone number is optional. If you do not have a Finnish phone number, please leave the field empty. In addition, please make sure that you write your name and your date of birth in exactly the same form as they are written on your current residence permit card.
    • Choose a password. Enter the password again under ‘Password (again)’. 
    • Read the terms of use of the service and tick the box ‘I have read and I accept the terms of use’.
    • Click the button ‘Create a user account’. You will receive a verification link by email. Open the link to verify your email address. 
    • To finish the process, log in to your user account.
    • You will receive an email message containing a 6-digit verification code. Enter the code in Enter Finland and click the button ‘Send’ to log in to Enter Finland.

Fill in and submit an application 

To apply for a new residence permit card, begin by logging in to your Enter Finland account.

  1. When you are on the start page of Enter Finland, open the main menu by clicking the icon with three lines in the top left corner of the page. Select ‘Temporary protection: Residence permit card’.
    • Click the button ‘Fill in the application’ at the end of the page.
  2. Fill in your personal data: first name, last name, date of birth or personal identity code,  customer number, citizenship and gender.  
    • The form is automatically completed with your name, date of birth, email address and phone number based on the data you gave when you created your user account.
    • If you have a Finnish personal identity code, you can find it on your residence permit card next to ‘Henkilötunnus’. If you do not have a Finnish personal identity code, a date of birth is sufficient.
    • You can find your customer number on your residence permit card next to ‘Asiakasnumero’.
    • Please make sure that your name, customer number and your date of birth or your personal identity code are spelled in exactly the same way as they are spelled in your current residence permit card. If there are differences, you can edit your user account information so that it matches with your residence permit card. 
    • If you are applying for a residence permit card for a child, the form is automatically completed with only an email address and a phone number, based on the data you gave when you created your user account.
  3. Confirm whether or not you have a Finnish telephone number by answering yes or no. Verify your phone number by clicking the button ‘Send confirmation code’. You will receive a text message containing a 6-digit confirmation code. Write the code in the field ‘Confirmation code for telephone number’.
    • When you have entered the confirmation code, you will see a notification stating that your phone number was successfully verified. 
  4. Write the address where you live in Finland.
    • The new residence permit card can only be sent to a Finnish address.
  5. If you wish to send your card to some other address than the address where you live, you can enter a separate address for that purpose. Please note that the card can only be sent to a Finnish address.
    • Enter the address to which you want us to send the card. 
    • Select ‘No’ if you want us to send the card to the address where you live.
  6. Tick the box to give your consent to using the same fingerprints, photo and signature that you provided in connection with your earlier application for temporary protection.
  7. To send the application to us, click the button ‘Submit the application’. You will see a notification stating that we have received your application. You will find your application on your Enter Finland account under ‘Your application and attachments’.
    • The new card will be sent to a Matkahuolto service point that is located closest to the address you stated in your card application. Matkahuolto is a company that offers parcel delivery and other services in Finland.
    • We will send each card separately. If you have applied for a new residence permit card for yourself and for your child, we will send both cards separately.
    • If you live on the Åland Islands or have a non-disclosure for personal safety reasons, we will send your residence permit card directly to the address you stated in your card application.

How to collect your residence permit card from a Matkahuolto service point

Once your residence permit card is ready, Matkahuolto will send you a notification by email or as a text message, stating that you have received a shipment that is ready for collection. The message states also from which Matkahuolto service point you can collect your card.

  • If you are collecting a card for another person, you do not need a power of attorney. You need to bring with you the arrival notification from Matkahuolto and the customer number of the person whose card you are collecting.

When you have received a notification:

  1. To collect your new card from the Matkahuolto service point, bring with you your current residence permit card and the arrival notification from Matkahuolto (the email, text message or letter you have received).
  2. Show the Matkahuolto staff your arrival notification and tell them your customer number, which is printed on your residence permit card.
  3. The Matkahuolto staff will then give you the envelope that contains your new residence permit card.

If you cannot apply for a new card in Enter Finland, you can visit a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service and apply for it there

If you want a new residence permit card but cannot apply for it in Enter Finland, you can apply for a new card at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. Book an appointment beforehand in our appointment system

  • The service point staff can help you in Finnish, Swedish or English. We do not have interpreters at our service points.
  • The first appointments are available for booking in our appointment system on 26 January 2023. You can book an appointment at the following service points:
    • Helsinki
    • Joensuu police station, Pykäläkuja 1, 80100 Joensuu 
    • Jyväskylä: Government Office Building, Hannikaisenkatu 47, 40100 Jyväskylä
    • Kuopio
    • Lahti
    • Lappeenranta
    • Mikkeli: Government Office Building, Raatihuoneenkatu 5, 50100 Mikkeli
    • Oulu
    • Pori police station, Satakunnankatu 5, 28100 Pori
    • Raisio
    • Rovaniemi
    • Tampere
    • Vaasa
  • Different service points have appointments on different days of the week.
  • You can see all appointments available for booking at our service points in the appointment system. We will not publish separate information about them on our website.

How to book an appointment for visiting a service point

  1. Open the appointment system website. If necessary, select English in the language menu. Click the ‘Book now’ button on the front page of the appointment system.
    • To book an appointment for you and your spouse and children under 18 years of age, select the tab ‘For a family’. When a window opens, enter the names of your family members and select ‘Temporary protection’ as category and ‘Application for a residence permit card’ as service. To add additional family members, click the ‘Add a person’ button. To finish, click the ‘Ok’ button. After this, you can move on to step 4.
  2. In ‘Choose a category’, select ‘Temporary protection’.
  3. In ‘Choose a service’, select ‘Application for a residence permit card’.
  4. Choose which service point you want to visit. You can select any of the service points in the menu.
  5. Click the button ‘Search availability’ to look for available appointments.
    • The appointment system will show you all available appointments at the service point you have selected.
    • If there are no appointments available, the day will be marked with ‘No times’.
  6. Select an appointment by clicking on a time slot. Check your selections and click the button ‘Select time’ to continue.
  7. Fill in the form with your details: customer number, first name, last name, citizenship, date of birth, gender, phone number and email address.
  8. Check that the appointment details are correct.
  9. To book the appointment, click the button ‘Confirm reservation’ in the lower right-hand corner of the form. 
  10. On the screen, you will see a notification confirming that you have successfully booked an appointment. You will also receive a confirmation of your appointment to the email address or phone number that you provided.
    • A reminder will be sent to you one week before the appointment and one day before the appointment. 

Fill in the application in advance

  1. Print out the application form and fill in the form in advance.
  1. When you visit the service point, bring with you your current residence permit card and the application form that you filled in.
    • If you are applying for a new residence permit card with the same application form for your child who is under 18 years of age or if you are the representative of a child under 18 years of age, the child does not need to visit the service point with you.
    • However, a child who has turned 6 after he or she was granted temporary protection must visit the service point with you because, under law, your child’s fingerprints are required for the residence permit card.
  2. At the service point, a member of staff will ask you to come from the waiting area to the counter and will receive your application. After that, he or she will order a new residence permit card for you. You will receive your new card within approximately two weeks of submitting the application.
  3. Before you leave, the staff will give you instructions on how the new card will be delivered to you and where you can pick up the card once it is ready for collection. 
    • We will send the new card to a Matkahuolto service point that is closest to the address you stated in your card application. Matkahuolto is a company that, among other services, offers parcel delivery in Finland.
    • We will send each card separately. If you have applied for a new residence permit card for yourself and for your child, we will send both cards separately.

How to collect your residence permit card from a Matkahuolto service point

Once your residence permit card is ready, Matkahuolto will send you an email or a text message stating that you have received a shipment that is ready for collection. The message states also from which Matkahuolto service point you can collect your card.

  • If you are collecting a card for another person, you do not need a power of attorney. You need to bring with you the arrival notification from Matkahuolto and the customer number of the person whose card you are collecting.

When you have received a notification:

  1. To collect your new card from the Matkahuolto service point, bring with you your current residence permit card and the arrival notification from Matkahuolto (the email, text message or letter you have received).
  2. Show the Matkahuolto staff your arrival notification and tell them your customer number, which is printed on your residence permit card.
  3. The Matkahuolto staff will then give you the envelope that contains your new residence permit card.

Make sure that the reception centre has your correct address and telephone number

Notify your reception centre immediately of any changes in your address or telephone number. The Finnish Immigration Service will get the information from the reception centre.

How to make the notification

  • Notify your reception centre:
    • by telephone
    • visit the reception centre; or
    • send the notification as a letter by post

The contact details of reception centres are available on our website at migri.fi/en/reception-centers.

  • Notify your reception centre of your information and the information of your family members relevant to the notification:
    • fist name and last name
    • date of birth
    • Finnish Immigration Service customer number
    • new address
    • new telephone number

If you move from one reception centre to another or do not know your reception centre

  • If you move from one reception centre to another, the Finnish Immigration Service is informed automatically. Therefore, you don’t need to notify the Finnish Immigration Service separately of your new reception centre's address. 
  • If you don't know which reception centre is yours, you can send your notification of a new address to the Finnish Immigration Service. Notifications should be sent by encrypted email to the following address: migri@migri.fi. You can send an encrypted message by using the securemail.migri.fi service.

Why is it important to give your address and telephone number?

The correct address and telephone number are important so that:

  • we can send you our decisions on your applications and your residence permit card.
  • your reception centre can reach you and you maintain your right to reception services. 

Making sure that the address details of unaccompanied children are up to date is important so 
that the necessary services can be organised for them.

Who can be granted temporary protection? 

Temporary protection can only be granted to

  • Ukrainian citizens unable to return to Ukraine due to the Russian attack
  • citizens of countries outside the European Union, citizens of countries not party to the Schengen Agreement, and stateless persons who have resided in Ukraine legally and whose return to the relevant country of origin safely and permanently is not possible.
  • the family members of Ukrainian citizens and of those granted international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine, if the family ties were established in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 and the family member is not a citizen of a European Union Member State, a Nordic country, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland.
    • Family members do not need to apply at the same time. They can, for example, come to Finland later and apply for temporary protection then.
    • If the family member is a citizen of a European Union Member State, or a citizen of Liechtenstein or Switzerland, he or she can apply for EU registration.

What is the validity period of residence permits granted on the basis of temporary protection?

All residence permits that we grant on the basis of temporary protection will be valid until 4 March 2024. Starting from 19 January 2023, we will extend all residence permits granted on the basis of temporary protection so that the permits will be valid until 4 March 2024. This means that we will extend your permit automatically and you do not need to apply for an extension

For more information, see our customer bulletin: All residence permits granted on the basis of temporary protection will be extended until 4 March 2024, you do not need to apply for an extended permit.

Applying for temporary protection

  1. Once you have arrived in Finland, visit the police or a border control authority and inform them of your intention to apply for temporary protection. Applying is free of charge.
    • It is recommended that you apply for temporary protection even if you have already submitted an application for asylum. Applications for temporary protection are processed at a considerably faster rate than asylum applications. 
  2. The police or border control authority registers your application for temporary protection and makes a record of 
    • your personal details and place of residence
    • details related to your arrival in Finland and the route you took to travel here
    • your family members’ details.
    • You will also need to provide a photo, fingerprints and a signature.
  3. The police or border control authority will ask you whether you wish to apply for temporary protection only, or if you would also like to submit an application for asylum. 
    • The differences between temporary protection and asylum will be explained to you, so that you can make an informed decision. You may also apply for asylum at a later date.
  4. Following registration, the Finnish Immigration Service makes a decision on your application.
    • You will be heard before the decision is made only if the Finnish Immigration Service considers there to be a particular reason to do so.
  5. You will be served with the decision.
    • The Finnish Immigration Service will send you the decision by post. The decision will be sent to the reception centre at which you are staying. If you live in private accommodation, the decision will be sent to the address which you have given as your Finnish address. For this reason, it is important that you notify your reception centre in Finland of any address changes in Finland without delay.
    • In cases when you are not served with the decision by post, you will be informed of the decision at the Finnish Immigration Service or at the police.
    • If you are granted temporary protection,
      • you will receive a residence permit card. The residence permit card will be posted to you as soon as it is ready.
      • a personal identity code will be issued to you. Your personal identity code will be indicated on the residence permit card.
        • If you cannot be registered in the Population Information System when you get a positive decision on your application, you will need to visit a service point of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency or contact your reception centre. (Read more on the page Personal identity code.) After doing so, you will not receive a new residence permit card automatically but you can, if you so wish, apply for a new residence permit card that contains your personal identity code. The new card is subject to a fee. For instructions on how to apply for a new residence permit card, see the page Renewal of residence permit card.
      • If you have also applied for asylum, the Finnish Immigration Service will suspend the processing of your asylum application for as long as your residence permit issued on the basis of temporary protection is valid.

When will I get a decision on temporary protection?

For the time being, the estimated processing time for an application for temporary protection is one week, if no additional information is needed for the application. After a decision has been issued, the Finnish Immigration Service will send you the decision by post. According to an estimate by the Finnish Immigration Service, the postal delivery will take approximately one week. This means that you will receive the decision within approximately 2 weeks from the date on which you submitted your application

After a decision has been issued, the Finnish Immigration Service will order a residence permit card for you. At present, it takes approximately 2 weeks to obtain a residence permit card. 

When is temporary protection not granted?

The Finnish Immigration Service may issue a negative decision on your application for temporary protection if 

  • there aren't sufficient grounds for granting a residence permit on the basis of temporary protection in your case 
  • you are considered to present a danger to public order or security
  • you can be reasonably suspected of having committed
    • a crime against peace, a war crime or a crime against humanity
    • a serious non-political crime before entering Finland
    • an act which violates the aims and principles of the United Nations.

If you leave Finland or wish to cancel your application for temporary protection or your temporary protection residence permit

If you have applied for temporary protection or have already been granted temporary protection in Finland, and are leaving Finland only for a short time

If you are going leave Finland but intend to come back soon, you need to inform your reception centre of your travel intentions. Send them the following information:

  • when you intend to leave Finland and how long you intend to stay outside Finland
  • the date on which you will return to Finland, if known.

Include in your statement:

  • your first and last name 
  • your Finnish Immigration Service customer number.

Send the statement  

  • to your own reception centre. You will find the contact information of reception centres on the page Reception centres

Please note:

  • If you have also applied for asylum and you leave Finland, even for a short time, the Finnish Immigration Service will issue an expiry decision on your asylum application. 

If you have applied for temporary protection and will leave Finland permanently

If you leave Finland and do not intend to return to Finland, you need to cancel your application for temporary protection in Finland. If you later decide to return to Finland, you can submit a new application for temporary protection, provided that you have not applied for temporary protection elsewhere.

If you leave Finland and do not intend to return to Finland, you need to cancel your application for temporary protection in Finland. If you later decide to return to Finland, you can submit a new application for temporary protection, provided that you have not applied for temporary protection elsewhere.

How to cancel an application for temporary protection:

  • To cancel your application, tell an official of the Finnish Immigration Service, or the police or border control authority, or the director or deputy director of your reception centre in person that you wish to cancel your application for temporary protection. The official will fill in a cancellation form together with you.

If you cancel your application for temporary protection, the processing of the application will stop, and the Finnish Immigration Service will issue a decision on the expiry of your application. You cannot appeal the expiry decision to an administrative court.

If you wish to cancel your temporary protection residence permit

If you have a residence permit in Finland on the basis of temporary protection and you wish to cancel it, this is what you should do:

  • You must personally notify an official of the Finnish Immigration Service, the police, the border control authorities, or the director or the deputy director of a reception centre of your wish to cancel your temporary protection residence permit. The official will fill in the cancellation form together with you.

When filling in the cancellation form, return your residence permit card to the official who receives the notification. 

If you are no longer in Finland 

If you are no longer in Finland and wish to cancel your temporary protection residence permit, see the instructions for submitting the notification on the page Cancellation of a permit.

When you cancel your temporary protection residence permit, the Finnish Immigration Service will make a decision on the cancellation of your temporary protection residence permit. 

Temporary protection residence permit granted by another EU country

Can I apply for temporary protection in Finland if I already have a temporary protection residence permit which has been granted by another EU country?

You can apply, but you cannot be granted temporary protection in more than one EU country at a time. If you are granted a residence permit in Finland on the basis of temporary protection, your temporary protection residence permit in another EU country will be cancelled.

Can I work in Finland with a temporary protection residence permit which has been granted by another EU country?

No, you cannot. A temporary protection residence permit issued by another EU country does not entitle you to work in Finland. If you apply for temporary protection in Finland, you have the right to work as soon as you register your application for temporary protection with the police or border control authorities. 

Can I get reception allowance in Finland if I have a temporary protection residence permit granted by another EU country?

No, you cannot. You can apply for reception allowance in Finland only if you also apply for temporary protection in Finland. Please note that you cannot be granted temporary protection in more than one EU country at a time. If you are granted a residence permit in Finland on the basis of temporary protection, your temporary protection residence permit in another EU country will be cancelled.

Can decisions regarding temporary protection be appealed?

If you are granted temporary protection, you may not appeal against the positive decision if

  • you have applied for asylum, and 
  • the processing of your asylum application is ongoing.

If you are not granted temporary protection, you may appeal against the decision to an administrative court. Instructions for lodging an appeal are attached to the decision.

You have the right to work and study once you have submitted a temporary protection application for registration

Right to work

You will have the right to work and study as soon as you register your application for temporary protection with the police or a border control authority.

  • During registration, the police or border control authority will provide you with a printed certificate proving your right to work. The certificate is called certificate of a pending application. Your right to work is unrestricted, meaning that you can find employment in any field. Keep the copy of the certificate you receive for yourself.
  • If you have already applied for temporary protection but have not received a certificate of a pending application from the police or border control authority, we can send you the certificate by email. Send your request for the certificate to migri@migri.fi. If you don't yet have employment and have no need for a certificate, you can simply wait for the decision on your application.

The decision on temporary protection will state that you have an unrestricted right to work. You will also receive a residence permit card stating that you have an unrestricted right to work. The Finnish Immigration Service aims to issue the decision quickly and without undue delay.

Employment services and looking for work

According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, you can register as a jobseeker at an Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) and access services that promote your employment. For more information on the right to work and on the employment services available, see the instructions issued by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.  The instructions contain a reminder that the same terms of employment and pay terms apply to everyone in Finland, and that charging a jobseeker a fee for offering a job or for arranging employment is prohibited. The instructions contain a list of who you can turn to for help if you get treated inappropriately. 

Studies

Finland supports students and researchers who have fled the war in Ukraine. On the website Study in Finland, maintained by the Finnish National Agency for Education, you will find information on the study and research opportunities for those whose studies or academic work in Ukraine were disrupted by the war.

  • Finnish higher education institutions offer study opportunities, which can help you complete your degree to your home university. 
  • If you are a researcher, you can be offered support measures to help you continue your research work at a Finnish higher education institution.

Read more on the website Study in Finland

What happens if you are granted temporary protection but have also applied for asylum?

If you have applied for asylum and are granted temporary protection, the Finnish Immigration Service will suspend the processing of your asylum application for as long as the residence permit you have been issued on the basis of temporary protection is valid.

When will the Finnish Immigration Service resume the processing of your asylum application?

When your residence permit issued on the basis of temporary protection expires, you will receive a letter from the Finnish Immigration Service asking if you wish for the processing of your asylum application to resume. 

  • If you want the Finnish Immigration Service to resume the processing of your asylum application, inform the agency of this by the specified deadline. The Finnish Immigration Service will then process your application in accordance with the normal asylum examination process. Learn more about applying for asylum
  • If you don't want the processing of your asylum application to resume or if you don't reply to the letter by the set deadline, the Finnish Immigration Service will issue a decision on the expiry of your asylum application. You cannot appeal against the expiry decision. This will be stated in the decision.
  • A decision on the expiry of your asylum application will also be made if you cancel your asylum application or leave Finland.

Other situations in which your asylum application will be processed

  • Your asylum application will be processed while you are receiving temporary protection if reasonable grounds for it emerge.
  • The Finnish Immigration Service will also process your asylum application if a procedure for removing you from the country is initiated.

If you have already applied for asylum,

you should also submit an application for temporary protection. Applications for temporary protection are processed at a considerably faster rate than asylum applications. 

You must apply for temporary protection separately by visiting the police or a border control authority. For more detailed instructions, see the section on applying for temporary protection

If you are granted temporary protection, the processing of your asylum application is suspended. 

What kind of support is available to you in Finland? 

You can organise accommodation yourself or stay at a reception centre. Reception centres can provide you with a range of reception services, including healthcare and social services as well as reception allowance. Reception allowance is available to those without their own income or financial resources. Reception centres can also offer you information, guidance and advice to help you with everyday life.

Reception services are available to you when you 

  • apply for temporary protection
  • are granted a residence permit on the basis of temporary protection.

You can receive reception services until

  • you leave Finland
  • you are granted another type of residence permit
  • your residence permit issued on the basis of temporary protection expires and you can return to your country of origin safely. 

For more information, see our page on daily life in a reception centre.

If you give birth to a child in Finland after having applied for or been granted temporary protection

If you have applied for temporary protection in Finland and have a child while your application for temporary protection is being processed or after receiving a decision on your application, you should immediately notify the Finnish Immigration Service of the birth of the child. An employee at your reception centre can assist you with the notification.

It is important that you notify the Finnish Immigration Service of the birth of the child, so that an application for temporary protection for your child can be lodged and your child can be registered as a client of the reception centre. The Finnish Immigration Service will not be informed of the birth of your child in any other way.

If you live at a reception centre

1. Fill in the notification of the birth of a child together with a reception centre employee, such as a nurse or a social worker.
2. The reception centre employee will send the notification and a copy of the child’s birth certificate to the Finnish Immigration Service. 

  • Keep the original birth certificate.

If you live in private accommodation

Even when you live in private accommodation, you can notify the Finnish Immigration Service of the birth of the child through your reception centre. 

  • You can visit the reception centre or contact them by phone. You will find the contact information of your reception centre on our website at migri.fi/reception-centers

If you wish, you can notify the Finnish Immigration Service of the birth of your child by yourself. Follow these instructions:

1. Fill in the form Notification to the Finnish Immigration Service of the birth of a child (pdf).

2. Send the form and a copy of the child’s birth certificate (a photo or a scan copy) to the Finnish Immigration Service as an encrypted email message to the address migri@migri.fi. You can send encrypted email using the service securemail.migri.fi.

  • Keep the original birth certificate.

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