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    Changes in law:family members of persons granted international protection

    As of 1 July, the family member of a person who has been granted international protection must as a rule have secure means of support

    As of 1 July 2016, to be granted a residence permit in Finland, family members of a person who has been granted international protection, as a rule, need to have secure means of support.

    If your family member has been granted refugee status before 1 July 2016:

    • You are not required to have secure means of support if your family was started before your family member came to Finland.

    If your family member is granted refugee status on or after 1 July 2016:

    • You may apply for a residence permit within three months without an income requirement, if your family was started before your family member who has been granted asylum came to Finland or before your family member was accepted as a quota refugee.
    • You can also apply for a permit after three months, but then your family member has to have secure means of support.

    If your family member has been granted or is granted other international protection:

    • A family member of a person who has been granted subsidiary, humanitarian or temporary protection must always have secure means of support.
    • The income requirement also applies to those family members whose applications are already pending. Further information will be requested if needed.

    How to apply for a residence permit within three months:

    These instructions apply to you only if you are a family member of a person who has been granted asylum or is a quota refugee and your family was already started before your family member came to Finland or before your family member was accepted as a quota refugee.

    You have three months to apply for a residence permit without an income requirement. The three month period begins from when your family member is informed of his or her decision.

    1. Submit your application for a residence permit abroad at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). All persons applying for a residence permit have to visit the mission in person. Check the mission’s website or find out otherwise at which mission and how the application should be submitted. The Finnish Immigration Service cannot influence at which mission or when you can apply for the permit. For now, you cannot submit the application online.
    2. When your family member who is living in Finland has been informed of his or her own decision, you should start preparing to apply for a residence permit right away. You may, for example, need a visa to be able to submit your application at a Finnish mission. You are responsible for getting to a mission in time.
    3. Contact the mission as soon as possible. As a rule, you need to make an appointment to submit your application. You can make the appointment only via e-mail. If submitting the application exceptionally does not require an appointment, you must, however, submit your application at the mission within three months.
    4. When making the appointment, you should notify the mission in your e-mail of all persons who are applying for a residence permit. Notify the mission of the full names, exact birth dates, citizenships, nature of family ties of all applicants as well as the name, birth date, citizenship and Finnish Immigration Service customer number of your family member living in Finland.
    5. If you have followed these instructions but have not been able to make an appointment to submit your application within three months because of delays at the mission, you can apply for a residence permit without an income requirement. This requires that you use the time provided to submit your application. If a delay of over three months is not caused by the Finnish authorities, secure means of support are required.

    The application is suject to a fee.

    More information: www.migri.fi