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Residence permit extension

It is important to apply for a residence permit extension before your previous residence permit expires. If your previous residence permit expires during the processing of your application, you can remain in Finland and usually also have the right to work while the application is being processed. If you do not apply for a residence permit extension until after your previous residence permit has expired, you can remain in Finland while the application is being processed but do not have the right to work until you receive a new residence permit.

The Immigration Service will grant you a residence permit extension if the grounds based on which you received the first permit are still valid. You can also apply for a residence permit extension on grounds different to the first permit. Remember that you must meet the requirements for the residence permit in question. Read more on the InfoFinland page: If the reason for your residence in Finland changes.

Effects of coronavirus on residence permit extensions

A permit extension can usually not be granted if your income was not high enough during the previous permit.

Has coronavirus affected your income? Under certain circumstances, the Finnish Immigration Service will take this into consideration when you apply for a permit extension. The reduction in income must be due to the coronavirus pandemic and cannot last for more than six months. The exemption is valid until 31 December 2020.

Employees

Were you permanently or temporarily laid off due to coronavirus? Or have you had less work than normal during the pandemic? The Finnish Immigration Service may still grant you an employee’s residence permit extension if your income decreased temporarily due to coronavirus. Enclose with your application a certificate of being temporarily or permanently laid off due to coronavirus. You can ask your employer to provide you with this certificate.

Family members

Has your family’s income decreased temporarily due to coronavirus? The Finnish Immigration Service will take this into consideration when you apply for a family member’s residence permit extension. Enclose with your application a certificate of you or your family reunification sponsor being temporarily or permanently laid off due to coronavirus.

Students and researchers

Have your studies progressed more slowly than normal due to coronavirus? The Finnish Immigration Service will take this into consideration when you apply for a student residence permit extension. You are not required to progress as quickly as normal if you have caught coronavirus or if the exceptional situation has affected your studies.

Enclose with your application an explanation for why your studies have not progressed as quickly as planned.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Effects of coronavirus on residence permit extensionsFinnish | Swedish | English

To read more, go to: Coronavirus and moving to Finland.

Sufficient income

In order to receive a residence permit extension in Finland, you must have sufficient income to guarantee your livelihood. If your family members are also applying for a residence permit extension, the requirement for sufficient income applies to them. In certain cases, the Immigration Service does not require sufficient income. You can check who must have sufficient income, and how much, on the Immigration Service website.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Sufficient incomeFinnish | Swedish | English

Applying for a residence permit extension

You can apply for a residence permit extension online through the Enter Finland service. After submitting the application, you must visit a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity. You must visit a service point within three months of submitting the application. Bring your passport, a passport photo and the original copies of the application appendices. You should book an appointment in advance to visit the Finnish Immigration Service. You can book the appointment in the electronic appointment booking service of the Finnish Immigration Service.

If you submitted your application online, remember to check your Enter Finland account regularly. If further clarifications are needed, you will be informed through your account.

If you are unable to apply online, you can also apply using a paper form at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. Print out the form from the Finnish Immigration Service website and fill it in. Make an appointment for the service point. When you go to the service point, bring a filled-in application form, the appendices and copies of the appendices, your passport and a passport photo.

The processing of the permit application is subject to a charge, which must be paid upon applying for a permit. In the Enter Finland service, you can pay with the online banking credentials of a Finnish bank or with a credit card.

Bear in mind that, if your situation in life changes, that may also affect your residence permit. A fixed-term residence permit can be revoked if the grounds on which it was granted no longer exist. Read more on the InfoFinland page: Can I lose my residence permit?

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Extending your residence permitFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiEnterfinland.fi:
Electronic applicationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Electronic appointment bookingFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Service points of the Finnish Immigration ServiceFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Residence permit application formsFinnish | Swedish | English

The Finnish Immigration Service: Presentation of the Enter Finland e-service