Residence permit application for voluntary work

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are coming to Finland for voluntary work. Your volunteer work must be arranged through an organisation that runs volunteer programmes.

The residence permit is issued as a temporary residence permit for a maximum period of 18 months.

You cannot be granted a residence permit for voluntary work in the following situations:

  • You are applying for asylum in Finland. You cannot get a residence permit for voluntary work if you have a pending asylum application. If you wish to apply for a residence permit for voluntary work, you need to cancel your application for international protection.
  • You have been granted international protection in an EU Member State.
  • You have received a decision on deportation from Finland.
  • Expected processing time

    First permit 2 months / extended permit 4 months

  • Electronic application fee

    First permit 410 € / extended permit 260 €

  • Paper application fee

    First permit 560 € / extended permit 260 €


This is what you should do


Make sure you meet the requirements for the residence permit you are applying for.


Make sure you have all the attachments needed. If necessary, have them translated and legalised. The processing time may be longer if you have not filled in your application sufficiently.


Fill in your application.


Pay for your application in the e-service Enter Finland, at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.


If you are abroad, visit a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). If you are already in Finland, book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.


Wait for a decision. The Finnish Immigration Service will contact you if necessary.


Read what happens after you have applied. Check the estimated processing time of your application here.


You should wait for the residence permit in the same country or locality where you submitted your application and proved your identity.

General requirements for entry into Finland

Make sure you meet the general requirements for entry into Finland before you submit an application.


You must also meet the following requirements:


You participate in an international volunteer programme or international work camp activities.


Your volunteer work must be arranged through an organisation that runs volunteer programmes.

  • For example the following exchange programmes are accepted: Maailmanvaihto ry – ICYE Finland.


You may volunteer for a maximum of 18 months.

Income requirement

You must have secure means of support.

  • You must have sufficient means for living in Finland throughout your internship. However, you cannot secure your means of support with financial aid from your relatives. Instead, the organisation through which you volunteer may for example secure your means of support, or you can use your own funds.

Right to work

  • Your right to work gives you the right to perform the work for which you have been granted a residence permit.
  • You cannot start working before you get a residence permit.

General attachments

  • Valid passport (you must present it when you submit the residence permit application)
  • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop, OLEL_PK
  • Colour copies of the passport page containing personal data and of all passport pages that contain notes
  • Document showing that you are legally staying in the country where you submit the application
  • Form MP_1 (if you already are in Finland and apply for your first residence permit)

Application-specific attachments

  • An agreement signed by you and the organisation responsible for the voluntary work, containing information about the following:
    • a description of the voluntary service scheme, including its content
    • the duration, location and supervision conditions of your voluntary work and the volunteering hours (the start and end date, the location where you will be working and a mention of who will make sure that the voluntary work is done in appropriate conditions)
    • documentation of funds that cover your subsistence and accommodation costs during your entire stay
    • documentation of a minimum sum of money paid to you as pocket money during your entire stay
    • if applicable, the training you will receive during your volunteering period

Residence permit application for internship, OLE_TY3

Fill in an electronic application

Extended permit for a trainee, OLE_TY3

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