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Current information on residence, temporary protection, work and services for people arriving in Finland from Ukraine

This page contains information for those involved in integration regarding 

  • different grounds for residence permits for people arriving from Ukraine
  • preparations in municipalities for the situation in Ukraine
  • the right to services of those residing in Finland without a residence permit and without a visa.
  • the right to services of those granted temporary protection 
  • work, seasonal work and studies in Finland

NOTE: We ask you to keep in mind that the situation of those granted temporary protection, in particular, still involves various legislative questions. The FAQ will be updated based on the ongoing interpretation of the law. 

Residence permit and preparedness of municipalities

What services are available to those who have fled Ukraine and reside in Finland without a residence permit?

Ukrainians with a biometric passport may reside in Finland for 90 days without a residence permit. Persons arriving from Ukraine are advised to apply for temporary protection or other residence permit. If a person resides in Finland without a residence permit, as a rule they must cover the costs of their residence themselves.

Information on temporary protection for those involved in integration

The EU has activated the Temporary Protection Directive, which entered into force on 4 March 2022. The Finnish Immigration Service is responsible for issuing residence permits on the basis of temporary protection. Beneficiaries of temporary protection are covered by the reception legislation. Below, we have compiled answers to some questions concerning temporary protection for those involved in integration. 

More information about temporary protection
Press release by the Ministry of the Interior on temporary protection category
Finnish Immigration Service Temporary protection for people fleeing from Ukraine

Work, seasonal work and studies of people arriving from Ukraine

News about the situation

Report: Language skills are essential in employment of Ukrainian beneficiaries of temporary protection
1.11.2023 | News item
According to a recent report, Ukrainians receiving temporary protection have been well received in Finland. Language skills play a key role in employment.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment to study the labour market position and employment service use by Ukrainians receiving temporary protection
16.5.2023 | News item
A report commissioned by the Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment will collect information on the employment and future plans of those receiving temporary protection in Finland. The study also aims to find out how TE and integration services should be developed to better promote the employment and integration of beneficiaries of temporary protection. The first step will be to collect data from TE services experts, employers, Ukrainians receiving temporary protection and others, such as organisations. 
A new joint application form for Kela card and child benefit available for those who have fled Ukraine
22.2.2023 | News item
The benefits granted by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) are available to those who have lived in Finland for one year. Many of the people who have fled Ukraine will therefore become eligible for benefits soon. Based on residence or a longer term employment, those who have fled Ukraine can apply for child benefit and housing allowance, among other things. Kela will ease the application process for benefits by introducing a joint application form for a Kela card and child benefit.