Brexit affects the Brits in Finland as well. Now they have to apply for a new kind of right of residence.
New Brexit decree entered into force in Finland
As a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, UK citizens living in Finland will have to apply for the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement. The new decree entered into force today, 1 October 2020.
UK citizens who have already registered their EU right of residence in Finland have to apply to exchange their previous registration based on the right of residence in the EU for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement. UK citizens who have been granted permanent EU residence rights in Finland before 1 January 2021 and who have a certificate demonstrating this will be able to apply to change their status to the permanent right of residence under the withdrawal agreement.
A UK citizen arriving for the first time in Finland after the 1st of October 2020 but by the 31st of December 2020, can directly register under the withdrawal agreement. Read more about the different situations in our previous post: Brexit and UK citizens working and living in Finland.
Update 2.11.2020: All UK citizens, including those who have a document certifying a permanent right of EU residence in Finland, must exchange that document for a residence permit card. In Finland, this was initially incorrectly interpreted as a recommendation rather than an obligation. More information: Ministry of the Interior.
How to apply for right of residence under the withdrawal agreement?
Applications for the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement can be submitted to the Finnish Immigration Service from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. The application costs 48e.
FRS is happy to help your employees apply the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement. Please contact us for more information about our new service.
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