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Application for right of permanent residence for British citizens

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

The withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU came into force on 1 February 2020. The period of applications for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement has ended on 30 September 2021.

If you have not been residing legally in Finland for a period of five years by 30 September 2021, you can continue to accumulate your period of residence in Finland and be granted a right of permanent residence later. You need to have a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement to be able to apply for a right of permanent residence after 30 September 2021.

You can apply for a right of permanent residence after 30 September 2021 if you have reasonable grounds to submit your application late and you have been living in Finland based on the right granted to you by EU citizenship before the end of the transition period on 1 January 2021.

If you do not have reasonable grounds to apply for a Brexit permit late, you must apply for an extended permit. Extended permit is a fixed-term residence permit, which is often granted on the same grounds as your first permit or right of residence.

You can use this form if you are a British citizen applying for the right of permanent residence by virtue of the withdrawal agreement, either for yourself or for your child, if the child is a British citizen. To qualify, you have resided in Finland legally and continuously for five (5) years, but do not have a certificate of your permanent right of residence as an EU citizen.

To whom and on what terms

A fee is charged for the service.


Period of validity

The permit is valid for a fixed time.

Basic information

The service is provided byFinnish Immigration Service
Responsible for the serviceFinnish Immigration Service
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, English, Swedish
Text edited by: Finnish Immigration Service
Updated: 9/30/2021