Registration of an EU citizen’s right of residence
If you stay in Finland for longer than 90 days, you need to register your right of residence at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri). You can do this at International House Helsinki.
If you are a citizen of an EU Member State, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, or a Nordic country you do not need a residence permit to stay in Finland. You can stay and work freely in Finland for up to three months. You must have a valid identity card or passport.
Please note that Migri’s service desk at International House Helsinki can only handle EU registrations. For any other immigration service categories, you are asked to visit migri.fi or another service point.
How to visit Migri’s service desk at International House Helsinki?
1) Migri serves customers by appointment only at IHH. 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.
New appointments to visit the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) at International House Helsinki open every Thursday between 14-16 for the following week. Please note that new appointments will open on the next working day if Thursday falls on a national holiday, such as Finnish Independence Day (6 December).
2) Fill out an application either on EnterFinland’s e-service or a paper application
3) Check which attachments you need and make sure to bring all the necessary ones with you.
- Remember to bring your identity card or passport. If you do not pay the application fee in EnterFinland, you will also need a debit or credit card. At IHH, it is not possible to pay in cash.
4) Make sure to arrive early. You will be called by name.
- A personal verification message is sent to you when you booked an appointment. The IHH lobby personnel will ask to see the message as you enter the service point. You do not need a waiting number.
The Finnish Immigration Services (Migri) serves customers by appointment only at International House Helsinki.
Open: Monday–Friday 9:00–16:00.
Staying in Finland
Moving with a family member(s)
EU or EEA citizens may reside in Finland without registering their right of residence for a maximum of three months without any conditions or any formalities other than the requirement to hold a valid identity card or passport.
No. Citizens of Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark (Nordic countries) have the right to reside in Finland without registering their right of residence but need to be able to prove their identity and citizenship in a reliable way. Nordic citizens coming to Finland (for a purpose other than short-term residence) shall register their residence at DVV.
The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) is the authority responsible for residence permits. The primary recommendation is to apply online on Enter Finland portal. Paper applications can also be used, however, the processing time might be longer and processing fee higher.
If you are already in Finland, visit one of Migri’s service points. Please note that Migri’s service desk at International House Helsinki can only handle EU registrations