Foreign nationals’ permits to the Finnish Immigration Service

Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) handles nowadays all the permits for foreign nationals. The duties that the police earlier took care of, such as first, extended and permanent residence permits applied for in Finland, reception of applications and declarations for citizenship, EU citizens’ registrations and their family members’ applications for residence cards, were move to the Finnish Immigration Service at the beginning of 2017.

Applications that were submitted to the police during 2016, and which are still waiting for the decision, will automatically be transferred to the Finnish Immigration Service and the applicant does not have to take any actions regarding that. The applicant will be informed by the authority making the decision once the decision is ready.

Application is easiest online – remember to prove your identity at the service point!

EU citizens should register their right of residence nowadays at the Finnish Immigration Service, either at the service point or online through EnterFinland e-service, but the citizens of Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland) can register their right of residency directly at the Local Register Office.

For almost all residence permits can be applied online through the e-service EnterFinland. Since November 2016 it has been possible to submit applications based on family ties online. After submitting the application online the applicant will visit the Migri’s service point for confirming his/her identity, for example. It is recommended to make an appointment beforehand through Migri’s appointment system online. When the application has been submitted abroad, the applicant will visit the Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) in order to confirm his/her identity.

The service points

In accordance with centralizing all the permits of foreign nationals to Migri, there are 9 service points throughout Finland. It is recommended to make an appointment to the service point beforehand online through the appointment system. As of 1 February 2017 the service point in Helsinki is open every weekday from 8 am to 4.15 pm. Exception is last Thursday of every month, and the service point is then open from 10 am to 4.15 pm.

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