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When you log in with online bank credentials and apply for an extended permit, you do not necessarily need to visit a service point to identify yourself. Read more about strong identification at migri.fi/en/identification.

Residence permit for a special expert

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you have signed an employment contract with a company operating in Finland or have accepted a binding job offer and you are coming to Finland to work as a specialist or in the middle or top management of a company. A specialist is a person who comes to Finland to work with expert duties that require special expertise (highly skilled worker). Specialists are also usually required to have a higher education degree.


You can also apply for an EU Blue Card with this application. The EU Blue Card makes it easier to move from one EU Member State to another for work. You can be issued with an EU Blue Card if you meet the following requirements:

If you do not meet the requirements of the EU Blue Card, you can still apply for a residence permit for a specialist.


If you are a Managing Director or member of the Board of Directors in a limited-liability company, and own at least 30% of the company’s shares, apply for a residence permit for an entrepreneur.


Do you want to fast-track the processing of your residence permit application? Instructions on how to do that can be found at the bottom of this page.


Get ready

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

  • a valid passport
  • an employment contract or a binding job offer
  • a degree certificate or some other document demonstrating that you have high-level qualifications or special expertise.

See the list of necessary attachments on the page Specialist.


Fill in the application and choose your service point

Fill in the application form and add the required documents. You can give your employer permission to supplement your application in the online service Enter Finland for Employers to speed up the processing of your application. 


Choose your service point.

  • If you are abroad, you must prove your identity at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate).
  • If you are in Finland, you must prove your identity at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.
    • Book an appointment beforehand by using the appointment system of the Finnish Immigration Service.

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.

Your employer can pay the processing fee on your behalf in Enter Finland for Employers.


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 are required to attach 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 of your application

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 or your employer 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.

Please answer the question below to find out whether fast-track processing is available for your residence permit application.