If you are applying for an extended permit or citizenship or renewing your residence permit card or residence card, it is possible that you do not need to visit a service point to prove your identity. For more information about when visiting a service point is not necessary, see the page Identification migri.fi/en/identification
First residence permits
Residence permit on the basis of work
Residence permit to look for work or to start a business

Application for students and researchers: residence permit to look for work or to start a business

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you need a residence permit to look for work or to start a business and you do not yet have a job. The permit must be applied for within five years from the date when your residence permit for studies or research expired.

If you are abroad, apply for this permit as a first residence permit. If you wish to apply for an extended permit, submit the application before your current permit expires. Read more about extended permits.

You must also meet the following requirements:


Get ready

Make sure you have all the necessary attachments and information before you begin. If necessary, have the attachments translated and legalised. The processing of your application may take longer if any attachments are missing from your application.


Complete the application

Fill in the application form and add the necessary attachments.

Choose your service point.

Finnish missions and the service points of the Finnish Immigration Service may be busy. Therefore, you should book an appointment as soon as possible after submitting your application. For more information, see migri.fi/identification.


Pay and submit the application

The processing of an application is subject to a fee. We recommend paying the processing fee as soon as possible with the most common credit cards or with Finnish online banking credentials. You can also pay the processing fee when you visit a Finnish mission or the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity.


Visit the selected authority to prove your identity

After submitting your application, visit a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service 

  • to prove your identity
  • to present the original copies of the documents that you attached to your application, and
  • to have your fingerprints taken.

Remember to bring your passport photo with you. Passport photo guidelines can be found on the website of the Finnish Police.


Follow the processing 

You can follow the status of your application on your Enter Finland account, ask chatbot Kamu to find out where your application stands in the processing queue, or use the Processing Time Checker.

If any additional information is needed for your application, you will be sent a request for it through Enter Finland. When a decision has been made, you will receive a notification that you can read the decision in Enter Finland.

Create a new application

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To create a new application you need to create a user account first.
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You have already created a user account and want to create a new application or check the progress of pending applications.