Fast track service for specialists and growth entrepreneurs

 Once you have received a decision on your residence permit from the Finnish Immigration Service, you can start preparing for your arrival in Finland. Some matters should be handled in advance in your country of origin so that your dealings with the Digital and Population Data Services Agency can proceed more smoothly. Such matters include the legalisation of family relationship documents and making an appointment to register with the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

Can I use the fast track service?

The fast track service can only be used by those who have been granted a residence permit through the Finnish Immigration Service's fast track service 

  • specialists 
  • growth entrepreneurs 
  • EU Blue Card senior specialists 
  • specialists who have applied on the basis of an internal company transfer
  • persons in top or middle management of a company 
  • and family members of all the above. 

If you have not received a residence permit based on one of the above, you cannot use the Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s fast track service. In such cases, please refer to our website for the appropriate instructions on registering as a foreigner. Read more about the Finnish Immigration Service’s fast track service. 

Why register with the Digital and Population Data Services Agency?

You need to register in order to handle a wide range of practical matters in Finland. You will receive a personal identity code upon registration, and your data – including name, date of birth, gender, nationality, mother tongue and address – will be stored in the Population Information System. In addition, information on your spouse, children and parents may be entered under certain conditions.

How long will it take to process my case? 

The general processing time for employees is no more than two weeks. Efforts are made to process matters quickly for those using the fast track service. 

Make an appointment in advance at one of our service location, as some of our locations may have longer queues for appointments. Making a reservation does not require authentication, so you can easily do it from abroad. The whole family can be served in a single appointment. 

Please note that if the period of validity of your residence permit card has not yet started when you visit our service location, the registration of a home municipality cannot be done before the period of your permit´s validity starts.

Is it possible to speed up the processing time?  

The processing of a registration can only be sped up for very exceptional and very weighty reasons. For example, opening a bank account is not a sufficient justification for speeding up the process. Cases are processed in their order of arrival. Making an appointment in advance, however, will speed up the initiation of the process. 


Do the following:

Select the appropriate instructions for your situation:


A) You have a Finnish personal identity code, and you want a municipality of residence.  

First, check that you meet the conditions for getting a municipality of residence

Apply for a municipality of residence here


NOTE. After submitting the form, we must meet you in person. Read the detailed instructions from the confirmation email that you will receive after submitting the form.

B) You have a Finnish personal identity code and you want to have a temporary address.

C) You do not have a Finnish personal identity code


1. Fill in and print out the form below. 

The registration information of foreigner


2. If necessary, fill out forms on your family relationships.
You must also present us with an official certificate showing the information. Saving the information requires that you present original and legalized certificates of your family relationships. Read the detailed instructions on the legalisation and translation of documents


3. Bring the form to our service location in person. 

Book an appointment for the ‘Fast track service for specialists and growth entrepreneurs’ at  Alternatively, you can also book an appointment for the service ‘Registration of a foreigner´s personal data’. You can book an appointment in advance from your country of origin. 

  • The whole family can be served in a single appointment. Any children in your family must also be present at the appointment in our service location. 


4. Please bring the following documents with you: 

  • Valid passport  
  • Residence permit card or residence permit decision (paper or electronic) 
  • Employment contract. 
  • If you want us to store in the Population Information System other personal data, such as your family relationships, please include the original, legalized and (if required) translated certificates verifying this information. Remember to check if the certificates must be legalised and/or translated.  


5. Inquiries and email messages will not speed up the processing of notifications.

  • We will contact you if we need further information.  
  • You will receive a confirmation from us once your data has been registered. Check that the data has been entered correctly.  
  • If for some reason we do not record the information you have submitted in the Population Information System, you will receive a decision on this. Instructions for submitting a request for administrative review are attached to the decision.


Free of charge 

Useful links

Work in Finland guide helps you at every step of arriving in Finland. The guide offers the most essential instructions easily in one place and directs you to the right service at the right time. Read the guide.

International House Helsinki

International House Joensuu

International House Oulu

International House Rauma

International House Tampere

International House Turku

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You can find the average processing times on our website


Please use secure email if your message contains personal or otherwise confidential information. Please choose this address as the recipient: [email protected].

Please mention ”fast track” in your email if you email us.

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Telephone service number is +358 295 536 320

Service hours: Mon–Fri 9–15.

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