Perheenjäsen Suomessa

Family member in Finland

This page is meant for you if you are a citizen of a country that is not an EU member state, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Liechtenstein. If you are a family member of an EU citizen residing in Finland, you can find additional information on residence permits on the InfoFinland page EU citizens.

If a member of your family lives in Finland and you want to move to live with him/her, you need a residence permit based on family ties.

Not all of your family members can be granted a residence permit. Normally, a residence permit can be granted to the spouse, common-law spouse or minor children of a person residing in Finland, and to the parents of a minor child residing in Finland. Often it is also required that the person residing in Finland has adequate funds to support the family member moving to Finland.

Work and studies

If you have a residence permit based on family ties, you have a right to work and study in Finland.

If you have applied for a first residence permit in Finland, you do not have a right to work until the permit is granted.

Additional information on how family members can obtain a residence permit is available on the InfoFinland page Residence permit for a spouse, Residence permit for a child or parent, Residence permit for other family member.

If you only want to visit your family member who lives in Finland, you can find more information on the InfoFinland page A short stay in Finland.

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