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News, 27/06/2016

Brexit – Frequently asked questions

European Commission: Questions and Answers – the rights of EU and UK citizens, as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement

Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Brexit and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. 

I want to become a Finnish citizen, what should I do?

You can either register or apply for a Finnish citizenship depending on the grounds of the citizenship. Find more information on the registering of a Finnish citizen born outside Finland and dual nationality on our website. The website of the Finnish Immigration Service provides more information on the requirements for acquiring citizenship and on the application process: Citizenship of Finland

If you are a British citizen living in Finland or planning to move to Finland, please see the website of Finnish immigration service: British citizen: register your right of residence as soon as possible. 

I want to become a British citizen, what should I do?

You can either register or apply for a British citizenship via the Home Office. Information is available on UK Government website: Become a British citizen. Unfortunately the Embassy of Finland cannot help you with the citizenship process.

Finland accepts dual and multi citizenship. However, please note, that you should register your other citizenships to the Finnish Population Register Centre.

I’m a Finnish citizen, can I continue living / working / studying in the UK?

The UK is still a full member of the EU, hence there are no changes to the rights, obligations or the freedom of movement of EU-citizens in or from the UK until the UK’s departure from the EU. The UK will withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2019. However, the UK withdrawal agreement has not yet been ratified. Read more: Brexit and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

You can find more information on the status of EU nationals in the UK here: Gov.uk: Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know

I’m a British citizen and planning to move to Finland. What should I take into account, given the EU referendum?

The UK is still a full member of the EU, hence there are no changes to the rights, obligations or the freedom of movement of EU-citizens in or from the UK until the UK’s departure from the EU. The UK will withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2019. However, the UK withdrawal agreement has not yet been ratified. Read more: Brexit and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

If you are a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland you will not require a residence permit for Finland. You will be free to reside and work in Finland for up to three months. If you are staying longer you must register your right of residence before the end of the three-month period.

Please find more information about moving to Finland from the following websites:
Gov.uk: Advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe
Life in Finland guide – Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Infopankki – Finland in your language
thisisFINLAND – Information about Finland

Any changes to regulations on British citizens moving to Finland will depend on the outcome of the UK’s exit negotiations and the negotiations of its future relationship with the EU. Please also see the website of Finnish Immigration Service for more information: British citizen: register your right of residence as soon as possible

I’m a British citizen and applying to a university. Can I still come and study in Finland?

The UK is still a full member of the EU, hence there are no changes to the rights, obligations or the freedom of movement of EU-citizens in or from the UK until the UK’s departure from the EU. Any changes to the regulations on British citizens moving to Finland will depend on the outcome of the UK’s exit negotiations and the negotiations of its future relationship with the EU.

If you are a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland you will not require a residence permit for Finland. You will be free to reside and work in Finland for up to three months. If you are staying longer you must register your right of residence before the end of the three-month period. If you are a British citizen living in Finland or planning to move to Finland, please also see the website of Finnish immigration service: British citizen: register your right of residence as soon as possible. 

From autumn 2017 student intake onwards, non-EU/EEA students will be subject to tuition fees in English-taught Bachelor's and Master's degree courses.

More information about studying in Finland here: Study in Finland

Please note the FAQ in Finnish may include different questions and answers. We are happy to answer any other questions you may have. 

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