Foreigners planing paid employment in Finland must usually get either a residence permit or an employee's residence permit. Self-employed persons intending to carry our a business in Finland must apply for a residence permit for a self-employed person. EU/EEA citizens must register their residence in Finland in accordance with the provisions that apply to them. There are, however, many exeptions to the regulations. You should check the latest provisions on the Internet.
Immigration Agency - www.migri.fi
A residence permit
A residence permit may either be for a fixed term or be permanent. A fixed-term residence permit is granted according to the nature of residence either as a temporary or a continuous residence permit. The first residence permit is always issued for a fixed term.
- Residence permit for studies
- Family member's residence permit
- Residence permit for an employed person and a self-employed person
- Residence permit by returnee status or by Finnish origin
Visas (viisumi) are only granted for short visits. Such a visit must not exceed the duration of three months. Foreigners who come to Finland e.g. on holiday, on business or to take part in a meeting, require a visa. Visas are generally applied for at the Finnish mission in the applicant’s country of domicile.