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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

Government proposes to amend the Integration Act and the Reception Act to ensure services for those fleeing Ukraine
16.9.2022 | News item
There are more than 38,000 people in Finland who have sought temporary protection having fled Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. The Government has proposed amendments to the Integration Act and the Reception Act in order to ensure services for beneficiaries of temporary protection who have fled Ukraine. The amendments would make it possible to pay compensation to municipalities and wellbeing services counties for organising services, for example.
Content of the Ukraine website has been updated – Answers to frequently asked questions now available in Ukrainian and Russian too
28.7.2022 | News item
The Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment maintains a summary web page that includes information from authorities, municipalities and organisations on the situation in Ukraine and the people fleeing from Ukraine. The page has been updated with new content during the summer, including improvements to make the information available in more languages. The identical content is now available in Finnish, Swedish, English, Ukrainian and Russian. 
The European Union Agency for Asylum has launched a survey regarding displaced people arriving from Ukraine
13.5.2022 | News item
Tell us your story questionnaire aims to provide up-to-date information for policymakers. The results are intended to help offer better targeted services to Ukrainian migrants.