Finnish citizenship
Citizenship declaration
Citizenship declaration for an adopted child who has reached the age of 12

Citizenship declaration for an adopted child who has reached the age of 12

This declaration form is for an adopted child who has reached the age of 12 and has at least one adoptive parent who is a citizen of Finland. It is also required that the adoption decision has become valid in Finland on 1 June 2003 or later. The declaration is made by a parent or guardian.


Get ready

Check that you have all the necessary attachments and information in electronic format before you begin. You must have at least:

  • a valid identity document
  • a decision on the adoption of the child or, if the child has not been entered in the Population Information System, a registration form completed by the provider of the adoption service
  • proof that the adoptive parent is a Finnish citizen at the time of declaration
  • a signed consent of the other guardian
  • a signed form for hearing the child when the child is between the age of 12 and 14
  • a signed form for the consent of the child when the child is between the age of 15 and 17.
Forms for the consent of the other guardian, for hearing the child and for the consent of the child are available at http://migri.fi/en/citizenship-applications .


Complete the application and select your service point

Complete the application form and attach all the required documents. Select your service point. The service point is where you prove your identity within three months of submitting your application. If you are applying for a permit abroad, visit a Finnish embassy or consulate. If you are applying in Finland, visit a Migri service point. Please take into account that the service points can be very busy. If you are in Finland, you can book an appointment before submitting an application in Migri's appointments system. If you are abroad, contact the embassy or consulate directly.


Pay and submit your application

The processing of an application is subject to a fee.. The application must be paid for via the e-service. You can pay the processing fee with most credit cards, or use the online banking services provided by Finnish banks.


Visit the selected authority to identify yourself

Visit the appropriate authority to prove your identity and to present the original versions of any attachments required for the application. The child for whom citizenship is being sought must be present too.


Follow the processing of your application

You can follow the processing of your application in the e-service. If further information or documents are required for your application, we will send you a request through the e-service. You will receive a notification when a decision has been made and can be read online.

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