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Welcome to the Helsinki capital region! Moving to a new country can be an exciting experience, but there are a few steps to take before you can start living and working in Finland. Some of these steps include sorting administrative matters with public authority services. At International House Helsinki (IHH), you can get clear information and guidance about these steps and take care of them at the service desks at the IHH service centre. Before visiting our IHH service centre, it is important you plan your visit in advance and book appointments when required. This page shows you the different authority services you can use at IHH, and which ones you need appointments for at IHH's service centre. For more guidance in this process, you can get help by clicking "Start Chat" on the bottom right and asking your questions there. You can also get help from IHH staff by contacting our General Information and Guidance services for information on our services and on what steps to take.  

Registration of an EU citizen’s right of residence

If you are a citizen of an EU Member State, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Iceland or Norway, you do not need a residence permit for your residence in Finland. You can stay and work freely in Finland for up to three months. You must have a valid identity card or passport.

If you stay in Finland for longer than 90 days, you need to register your right of residence at the Finnish Immigration Service.

If you are an EU citizen and need to register your right of residence, you can do it at International House Helsinki.

1) Book an appointment

  • When selecting office, choose International House Helsinki (IHH). Unfortunately it is not possible to handle your matters at IHH without an appointment.

2) Fill in the application either in the e-service Enter Finland or on paper

3) Bring all the necessary attachments with you. Check which attachments you need

  • Remember to bring your identity card. If you do not pay the application fee in Enter Finland, you will also need a debit or credit card. At IHH, it is not possible to pay in cash.

4) Make sure to come early. You will be called by name.

  • A personal verification message was sent to you when you booked the appointment. The IHH lobby personnel will ask to see the message as you enter the service point. You do not need a waiting number.

At IHH, we can only do EU registrations. In other matters, please visit the website or one of our service points.

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