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The act of moving to another country is one that you will need to dedicate your time and efforts to. The immigration laws held by a foreign nation are all different from one another so the first thing you must do is become acquainted with these laws and their restrictions. The best way to go about seeking immigration permissions and guidance is by hiring a migration agent. They will help you fulfill your obligations, apply for the proper visas and permits, and offer their expertise and assistance wherever they can in the process of your relocation.

The hardest part of immigration is applying for the right citizenship rights, permits and visas. If you do not apply for the right permissions into the country, you may become exempt or find that the process of earning the proper residency permissions takes longer than it should. As stated above, a migration agent will help tremendously. Nevertheless, you can always call the Embassy of Finland for more information. You can also learn more by reading the information below.

Information Regarding the Different Types of Citizenships, Permits and Visas for Finland

To enter the nation of Finland, you can do so with a passport as long as you intend on leaving before or after the 90 day period that is allotted under this type of entrance. Once you find work or if you are breaching the time allotted, you will need to apply for residency according to your circumstances. You are also not permitted to buy or rent housing until residency is issued.

Brief Descriptions for Each of Finland’s Visas

The visas for Finland that are listed below do not include the visas available to students, study and other specific circumstances.

A single-entry visa- is issued for one journey during which you can stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

A double-entry visa- allows entry to the Schengen area twice for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

Multiple-entry visa- is granted for several visits to the Schengen area. The total duration of the stay is the number of days stated on the visa, however being a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

Airport transit visas- are needed by citizens of certain countries when they are transferring flights between the international parts of the airports without entering the country in question.

To apply for a visa you will need the following:

-  Visa application (available only for the Consulate submission)

-  Photo (max. 6 months old) attached

-  Passport and a passport copy

-  Green Card/ US visa and a copy

-  Employer letter or school letter

-  Hotel reservation and/or invitation letter

-  Flight reservation

-  Bank statements (3 months)

- Travel insurance on 1 page:

o  Name

o  Validity = time of journey

o  Schengen / EU / Worldwide

o  40,000 usd, non-deductible

- Medical

- Hospitalization

- Repatriation

-  Prepaid FedEx/DHL/UPS envelope

-  Fee

Finland Residence Permit and What It Entails

A residence permit may be granted to those moving with family in Finland, employment or studies, which are of Finnish descent, return migration, on humanitarian grounds or for other exceptional reasons. Those who have earned a residence permit may live and travel in Finland and leave the country and come back during the validity of the residence permit. For those who have a worker’s residence permit, they’re able to seek employment in the nation.

There are several types of residence permits including worker’s, fixed term, long term, short stay and student residence permits. Not all of them allow you to continue living and working in Finland so make sure you obtain the correct permit. Here is what you will need when you go to apply for a permit:

  • Photo (max. 6 months old)
  • Supporting documents
  • Prepaid FedEx/DHL/UPS envelope
  • Fee

Of course, you’ll also likely need most of the same documentation and forms of proof that you do to obtain a visa in Finland. You will also need to show up to apply for the residence permit in person. If you file for residency online, you may be asked to make an appearance with the VFS Global Center.

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