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Family member in Finland

If you want to move in with your family member living in Finland and you are a citizen of a country that is not an EU member state or one of the Nordic countries, you need a residence permit.

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, the person living in Finland is also required to have sufficient resources to support the family member moving to Finland.

Coronavirus and moving to Finland

Border traffic in Finland is being restricted. Many countries still have quarantine provisions in place.

Read about the impact of coronavirus on residence permits on the InfoFinland page Coronavirus and 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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