From April 2018, there will be new grounds for residence in Finland: a residence permit can be issued if someone sets up a new ‘growth company’ in Finland.

In addition, it will be possible for a residence permit based on entrepreneurship to be issued regardless of the legal form of the company, and entrepreneurs may also be employed without needing a separate residence permit for an employed person.

The maximum duration of a residence permit for highly skilled professionals has been extended to two years and when extending the permit, there is no need to provide fingerprints again.

Seppo Havia, partner at Dittmar & Indrenius Attorneys

Iisa Koskela, associate at Dittmar & Indrenius Attorneys

Laura Numminen, associate trainee at Dittmar & Indrenius Attorney