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
- 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.
- Only you may initiate the application.
- Apply for a residence permit electronically at enterfinland.fi(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window) or on paper at migri.fi(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window)
- Choose the correct application form based on why you are coming to Finland (job, study place or family member in Finland).
- Fill in the residence permit application carefully. Make sure that the appendices are correct.
- Having filled in the application, find out which Finnish mission or VFS Global Application Centre you can visit for identification and for submitting biometric identifiers (signature, photograph, fingerprints) and book an appointment there.
- A Finnish mission or VFS Application Centre may be located in a different country from where you are staying. Be prepared to apply for a visa for the country in question.
- 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.
- After this, your application will be transferred to the processing queue at the Finnish Immigration Service
- You can follow the progress of the processing online. You may be asked for further information and you may be invited for an interview.
- Processing the application takes time. Please be patient. Waiting times are usually long, but each application will be processed.
- You will be notified once a decision has been made.
- 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.
- You can get further information about applying for a residence permit at the Finnish Immigration Service website migri.fi(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window)
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.
Applying for a residence permit
Residence permit applications are to be submitted electronically on Enter Finland(layout.types.url.description) service or on paper at the Embassy. Applications are received by appointment only. Appointments are booked by email at [email protected]
The Embassy receives applications only from Nepalese citizens or other nationals legally residing in Nepal. A valid documentation of legal residency has to be presented when submitting the residence permit application. Please note that a Nepalese visa is not considered as a valid documentation of residence in Nepal.
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. The documents in Nepali need to be translated into English and the required original certificates legalized first by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Nepal and then by the Embassy of Finland in Kathmandu.
If the applicant is not legally residing in Nepal, applications are handled by the following Embassies:
- Citizens of Bangladesh: Embassy of Finland in New Delhi, India
- Citizens of Pakistan: Embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The processing fee of the applications is paid to Embassy's bank account as per separate request. Electronic applications (EnterFinland) can be paid also electronically. Regardless the decision, the processing fee is not returned.
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(layout.types.url.description).
Each applicant is contacted by the Embassy when the decision has arrived in Kathmandu. The Embassy is not in a position to provide any updates of the application processes.
Please note that it takes approximately 2-3 weeks for the residence permit card to reach Kathmandu once the decision has been made by the Finnish Immigration Service.
The application queue is long at the moment and it can take approximately 4-5 months before an appointment can be offered. The Embassy will contact the applicant directly when an appointment has been booked. The applicant does not have to contact the Embassy separately after making their appointment request. Please note that any inquiries by email or by phone will not speed up the process.