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Identification service for foreign citizens introduced in June

Published 6/11/2020

The foreign citizen identification service was introduced on 11 June.

Who is the identification service intended for? 

Identification using the Finnish Authenticator Identification Service is intended for foreign citizens who do not have a Finnish personal identity code. In the initial stage, the service is intended for foreign citi-zens who currently use Katso identification but will have to give up using Katso by the end of this year. 

The service will replace the identification service of Katso. However, the Katso IDs will not be automatically transferred to the Finnish Authenticator Identification Service. Instead, foreign nationals who now use Katso must switch to the new system towards the end of the year.  

The application can be used for logging into the e-service only it the e-service in question has enabled this in its service and has introduced logging in using Finnish Authenticator as part of Suomi.fi e-Identification. To be able to use the different e-services, the person representing a foreign company must also apply for the required mandates in Suomi.fi e-Authorizations.

How is the identification service used?

In the Finnish Authenticator Identification Service, foreign citizens register their foreigner’s identifier and verify their identity using the Finnish Authenticator app. In connection with initial identification, the user takes a photo of the passport or national identity card and a photo of himself or herself. The identifica-tion service will confirm the person’s identity if the information in the identity document and the photo match.

After registering and initiating the use of the application, foreign citizens can log into the e-service using their user ID, password and application PIN.

Identification has been implemented in connection with Suomi.fi e-Identification. The Finnish Authentica-tor Identification Service is not a strong electronic identification service.

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