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A residence permit is an authorisation to repeatedly enter the country and live in it issued to a foreign national for purposes other than tourism or similar short-term stays.
A residence permit may either be a fixed-term or a permanent one.
A fixed-term residence permit is issued for either a temporary stay (temporary residence permit, status B) or a continuous stay (continuous residence permit, status A) in the country. The type of residence permit depends on the purpose of the stay. For example, studying is temporary, whereas the residence in Finland of a family member of a Finnish citizen can be considered continuous. The permit authority will determine the purpose of the stay based on information provided by the foreign national.
The first fixed-term residence permit is generally issued for one year.
As a rule, an application for a residence permit should be submitted abroad before entering the country.
The first fixed-term residence permit is granted by the Finnish Immigration Service, and subsequently a new fixed-term residence permit (extended permit) can be issued by the police. However, the first fixed term residence permit for a family member of a Finnish citizen resident in Finland or a family member's unmarried child is also issued by the police.
For application forms for residence permits and more detailed instructions on completing the forms, see the Finnish Immigration Service website. The fees charged for permits issued by the police and the Immigration Service are different. For the fees charged for permits issued by the police, see the Ministry of the Interior Decree on service charges and this website under each permit type.
The Ministry of the Interior Decree on chargeable performances by the police
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