Tourists in Finland can stay there for up to 90 days without having to worry about obtaining a visa or residence permit. European Union citizens, as well as citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, also don’t need a residence permit to stay in Finland for longer than three months – all they have to do is register their right of residence. Everyone else, however, must apply to become a resident of Finland if they want to stay there for longer than 90 days.
There are different types of residency permit application forms depending on the reason the applicant wants to move to Finland. Possible reasons includes:
Just head to the Finnish Immigration Service’s website, select the reason that applies to you, and the site’s application finder will direct you to the residence permit application that suits your situation. It takes about four months to process one of these applications, and the electronic application fee costs about $550, though the exact fee varies depending on the type of application. If you choose to apply on paper rather than online, the fee will be higher.
No matter which application form you’re using, remember to go through the following steps:
If you’ve lived in Finland for a sufficient period of time and are otherwise eligible to become a citizen of Finland, you can apply for Finnish citizenship. Some people may qualify to declare citizenship and not have to worry about obtaining a residence permit before immigrating. Generally speaking, you may qualify for Finnish citizenship based on:
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