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
 

Residence permit for a special expert

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are coming to Finland to work as a specialist. 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. Make sure you meet the requirements for the residence permit for EU Blue Card. The EU Blue Card makes it easier to move from one EU Member State to another for work.

 

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

 

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.

 

The income requirement for specialists will change as of 1 January 2024. From this date forward, your gross salary must be no less than 3,638 euros per month. Fringe benefits are not taken into account when assessing whether the income requirement is met. 

If your salary falls below this threshold, you can apply for another type of residence permit, such as the permit for an employed person

1

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.

 

See the list of necessary attachments on the page Specialist.

2

Fill in the application and choose your service point

Fill in the application form and add the required documents. After you have submitted your application in Enter Finland, your employer must add your terms of employment and other required documents to your application using Enter Finland for Employers.

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

3

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.

4

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.

5

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 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.











Fast-track processing is not available for this application. Your application will be processed within the usual timetable. You can ask chatbot Kamu about the expected processing time of the application. Kamu can be found in the bottom right corner of our website.

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