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News, 27/06/2016

Brexit – Frequently asked questions

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.

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. 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 immediate changes to the rights, obligations or the freedom of movement of EU-citizens in or from the UK. Any changes to regulations on Finnish citizens moving to the UK will depend on the outcome of the UK’s exit negotiations and renegotiations of its relationship with the EU. Please see this website for more information: Gov.uk: Status of EU nationals in the UK: what you need to know

Cabinet Office, Home Office, Department for Exiting the European Union, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and UK Visas and Immigration published a shared statement on 11th July 2016, stating the following: “When we do leave the EU, we fully expect that the legal status of EU nationals living in the UK, and that of UK nationals in EU member states, will be properly protected. The government recognises and values the important contribution made by EU and other non-UK citizens who work, study and live in the UK."  Read more here.

There are no formal recommendations by the embassy at this time due to lack of appropriate solid information concerning the future status of EU national currently residing in the UK. This issue will be part of the Brexit negotiations. However, it is suggested that each and every one consider their individual situation and the potential need to take action on residency issues etc. 

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 immediate changes to the rights, obligations or the freedom of movement of EU-citizens in or from the UK.

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 renegotiations of its relationship with the EU.

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 immediate changes to the rights, obligations or the freedom of movement of EU-citizens in or from the UK. All previous guidance on working or studying in Finland is still valid.

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.

Any changes to regulations on British citizens moving to Finland will depend on the outcome of the UK’s exit negotiations and renegotiations of its relationship with the EU.

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. You can get in touch via the feedback form on our website: Ask us.

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