Residence permits to Finland

If you want to stay in Finland for a longer period than three months, you need a residence permit. Nationals of an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland do not need a residence permit to come to Finland.

How to apply for a residence permit

  1. You can apply for a residence permit in Finland if you have a job, a study place or a family member in Finland. Apply for a residence permit before you come to Finland. 
    According to the EU visa rules, one of the requirements for granting a Schengen visa is that the person must leave the Schengen area before the visa expires. For this reason, a visa cannot be granted to a person who has come to Finland in order to obtain a residence permit or to wait for the decision on a pending residence permit-related matter. This also applies to family members of Finnish citizens.
  2. Only you may initiate the application.
  3. Apply for a residence permit electronically at enterfinland.fi or on paper at migri.fi   
    Apply at enterfinland.fi
  4. Choose the correct application form based on why you are coming to Finland (job, study place or family member in Finland).
  5. Fill in the residence permit application carefully. Make sure that the appendices are correct.
  6. Once you have filled in the application, book a time at a Finnish mission for the purposes of authentication. Book an appointment by e-mail.
  7. A Finnish foreign mission may be located in a different country to where you are. You may need to submit a visa application for the country in question.
  8. Go to the mission, authenticate yourself, and pay the fee collected for the residence permit application. This fee will not be refunded even if you cancel your application or receive a negative decision.
  9. After this, your application will be transferred to the processing queue at the Finnish Immigration Service
  10. You can follow the progress of the processing online. You may be asked for further information and you may be invited for an interview.
  11. Processing the application takes time. Please be patient. Waiting times are usually long, but each application will be processed.
  12. You will be notified once a decision has been made.
  13. If you receive a positive decision, the residence permit card will be delivered to the mission. A negative decision means that is was considered that you do not have sufficient grounds for a residence permit.
  14. You can get further information about applying for a residence permit at the Finnish Immigration Service website migri.fi

If you lose your residence permit card

If you are a visa national and lose your residence permit card when abroad, you must primarily apply for a first residence permit at a Finnish diplomatic or consular mission to be able to return to Finland, even if you already have a valid residence permit. Applications for an extended permit cannot be lodged at missions. As a rule, a visa cannot be granted for this purpose, because the return requirement set out in the Visa Code is not met.

A visa may be granted only in situations referred to in the Visa Code, such as in a serious humanitarian situation – not because the applicant is in a hurry, has lost his or her air ticket or cannot pay the residence permit fee, for example. In other words, if a mission does not grant a visa, you must apply for a new residence permit to be able to return to Finland.

Expired residence permit

If your residence permit has expired while you have been abroad, apply for a new residence permit at a Finnish diplomatic or consular mission. A visa cannot be granted for this purpose, because the return requirement set out in the Visa Code is not met. A visa may be granted only in situations referred to in the Visa Code, such as in a serious humanitarian situation – not because the applicant is in a hurry, has lost his or her air ticket or cannot pay the residence permit fee, for example.

If a mission cannot grant a visa under the Visa Code, you must apply for a residence permit before returning to Finland.

migri.fienterfinland.fi

Applying for a residence permit

Residence permit applications are to be handed in by each applicant (in person) to the Embassy. Applications are received by appointment only. Appointments are booked by contacting [email protected] or by phone.

The Embassy can receive applications only by Iranian citizens or other nationals permanently living in Iran who hold a valid Iranian residence permit (not visas). A valid Iranian residence permit has to be presented when handing in the residence permit application. If this permit is missing or expired, the application cannot be received by the Embassy. Please note that an Iranian visa is not considered a valid documentation of residence in Iran.

Every applicant fills in a separate application, also minors. Fingerprints are collected when application is handed in (excluding applicants under 12 years).

All documentation presented has to be in Finnish, Swedish or English. Any documentation in Farsi has to be translated into English and legalized first by the Iranian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and then by the Embassy of Finland in Tehran. More information on www.finland.org.ir /Services / Residence permits.

If the applicant cannot present a valid residence permit of Iran, applications are handled by the following Embassies:

  • Citizens of Afghanistan Embassy of Finland in New Delhi, India
  • Citizens of Pakistan Embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Citizens of Iraq Embassy of Finland in Ankara, Turkey

The handling fee of the applications is paid in cash in Euros to the Embassy of Finland in Tehran. Electronic applications (EnterFinland) can be paid also electronically. The handling fee is not returned regardless of the decision.

The Finnish Immigration authorities are processing the applications. All decision making in the process is done by Migri as well.

More detailed information about the application process is found on the webpages of the Finnish Immigration Service www.migri.fi.

Each applicant is contacted by the Embassy when the decision has arrived in Tehran. The Embassy is not in a position to provide any updates of the application processes.

Please note that arrival of the decision by the Finnish Immigration Service takes a minimum of one month to reach Tehran.

Applying for a residence permit at the Embassy of Finland in Tehran

The applicant has to make an appointment for an interview to lodge the residence permit application. The appointment can be made by e-mail to consulate[email protected].

Please be advised that all appointments have to be made directly with the Embassy. Any appointment taken via anonymous sources or dealers will disqualify your application.

Application process and the processing fees

The residence permit applications can be submitted from Sunday to Wednesday at 9:00 am -12:00 (noon).

The applicant has to submit all required documents or the application is not accepted. The applicant must provide standard paper size (A4, 210 x 297 mm) copies of the filled in application form and of all the supporting documents. The Embassy does not make any copies.

Processing fees are paid in cash in Euros. Service fee-list.

The processing time depends on the type of permit applied. Average processing time for students and workers is two months, for family members six months.

Average processing times are listed on the Finnish Immigration Service website.

Delivery of the documents

Resulting from the high amount of business and private invitations the embassy is not able to submit the invitations to applicants. The invitations must be sent directly to the residence permit applicant.

General Requirements for all Residence Permit Applications.

All applicants must cover these requirements despite of what type of residence permit he is applying.

  • Personal appearance of the applicant - all applicants are interviewed and fingerprinted. All documents must be presented in original.

  • All applicants or their representative must fill out the residence permit application form.

  • The application must be filled in duly and it must be signed.

  • Valid passport (valid at least up to applied duration of stay)

  • Passport must contain at least two (2) empty pages

  • Photocopies of all relevant pages of the passport, that is to say all pages with markings (A4, 210 x 297 mm.)

  • Two photographs. The photo must be less than 6 months old and 47 mm high and 36 mm wide. Length of the face must be in the range of 32-36 mm. The photo must show the person looking directly at the camera. The background should be plain and light-colored. The photo should not be retouched.

  • Legalized Birth Certificate in English

  • Two (2) pieces of standard size (A4, 210 x 297 mm) photocopies of each document must be presented

    All forms are available at the Embassy of Finland and at the Finnish Immigration Service's webpage.

Required Supporting Documents by Residence Permit Category

Residence permit application for the spouse of a foreigner resident in Finland (470 euros)

  • Form OLE_PH1

  • Legalised marriage certificate in English

  • Photocopies of all relevant pages of the inviting family member's passport and of the applicant​​​​​​​

Residence permit application for the spouse of a Finnish citizen

  • Form OLE_PH2

  • Legalised marriage certificate in English

  • Photocopies of all relevant pages of the inviting family member's passport and of the applicant

Residence permit for child (250 euros)

  • Form OLE_PH4

  • Legalised birth certificate in English mentioning both parents' names

  • Originals and one photocopy of each document must be presented

Residence permit for student (360 euros)

  • Form OLE_OPI

  • Study and work certificates from SLC level up to date in English

  • Copy of the original study certificate (legalized at the Ministry for Foreign Ministry, Iran and at the Finnish Embassy, Tehran) in Farsi language and translation in English

  • Acceptance letter from the Finnish University

  • A deposit of equivalent of € 6.000 on applicant's own account

  • If student stays in Finland under 2 years, an insurance must cover: cost of medical treatment up to € 100.000

  • If student stays in Finland more than 2 years, an insurance must cover: cost of medical treatment up to € 30.000

  • Originals and one photocopy of each document must be presented

  • English language certification (IELTS 5.0 or TOEFL 550) is recommended

Residence permit for an employed person (520 euros)

Residence permit for work purpose can be submitted by the employer to the local employment office or the local police in Finland or it can be submitted by the employee abroad to the Embassy. All required documents should be submitted at one time; i.e. if the application is submitted to the Embassy, the employer must send the original form of the employment office to the applicant, whether the employment office has made the decision or not. Required documents:

Residence permit application for self-employment (520 euros)

  • Form OLE_EHA

  • Proof of earlier work experience in the concerned field in English

  • Originals and one photocopy of each document must be presented

Residence permit application for employment

  • Form OLE_TY1 and TEM054

  • Proof of earlier work experience in the concerned field in English

  • Originals and one photocopy of each document must be presented

Researcher (470 euros)

  • Form OLE_TUT

  • Study and work certifications in English

  • Copy of the original study certificate (legalized at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iran and at the Finnish Embassy, Teheran) in Farsi language and translation in English.

  • Agreement between the researcher and the university (required also from family members who are applying for a visa)

  • English language certification (IELTS 5.0 or TOEFL 550) is recommended