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

Extended residence permits
Working in Finland
Extended permit for an entrepreneur

Extended permit for an entrepreneur

Use this form to apply for an extended permit for entrepreneurship when you intend to come to Finland to become an entrepreneur or a start-up entrepreneur.

You are an entrepreneur if you are

You are required to have a Business ID. You cannot get a residence permit only because you own a company. You must also work in a managerial position in the company in Finland.

Your application will be processed in two stages:

  1. First, a Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) makes a partial decision on the application. An ELY Centre assesses whether the business is profitable and whether your financial resources gained from the business activity are sufficient. The assessment is made on the basis of documents attached to your application. The ELY Centre will ask you for additional documentation, if your attachments are not adequate.
  2. When the partial decision has been made, the Finnish Immigration Service will process the application and make its decision. In some cases, the applicant may be heard before the decision is made, either in writing or at an interview.

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you intend to come to Finland as a start-up entrepreneur. You are a start-up entrepreneur if you own a recently founded company that aims for growth or are about to establish a start-up company. If this is the first time you are applying for a start-up entrepreneur’s residence permit, attach to your application a positive Eligibility Statement from Business Finland.


If you have completed a degree in Finland, apply for a residence permit for person with a degree completed in Finland.


Get ready

Remember to apply for an extended permit before your previous residence permit expires. Apply for an extended permit about 2 months before your residence permit expires.
Before you begin, please check that you have all the necessary attachments and information at hand.

If you are applying for a residence permit for an entrepreneur, see the list of necessary attachments on the page Residence permit application for an entrepreneur.

See the list of necessary of attachments for the residence permit for a start-up entrepreneur.

When you apply for an extended permit, you may not need to visit a service point if you use strong identification in Enter Finland. You must use the same account as you previously used when you applied for a permit. Log in to Enter Finland using your Finnish online banking credentials, citizen certificate or mobile certificate. Read more at migri.fi/identification#account.


Fill in the application and choose your service point

Fill in the application form and add the required attachments. Choose a service point. 
Add the retrieval code for your digital passport photo from the photo shop to your application. 

  • If you do not add a retrieval code or you add it after you have submitted the application, you must visit a service point to prove your identity and bring a passport photo with you.
Please note that the service points of the Finnish Immigration Service may be busy. You can book an appointment already before you submit your application. Use the appointment system. of the Finnish Immigration Service.


Pay and submit the application

Applications are subject to a fee. You can pay the processing fee in Enter Finland with the most common credit cards or using Finnish online banking services. 

  • If you do not pay the processing fee in Enter Finland, you must visit a service point to prove your identity and pay the processing fee there.


Visit the selected authority to prove your identity

After you submit your application, Enter Finland will tell you what you need to do next. If required, visit a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity and present the original copies of the attachments you added to your application. Book an appointment in advance using the appointment system of the Finnish Immigration Service.


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 via Enter Finland. When a decision has been made, you will receive a notification that you can read the decision in Enter Finland.

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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.