Instructions on arriving in Finland from Ukraine

The instructions on this page are intended for persons arriving from Ukraine who have been granted a residence permit on the basis of temporary protection. 

Information on applying for a municipality of residence

You can apply for a municipality of residence from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency when the following conditions are met:

  • You have lived in Finland for a year.
  • You have been granted a residence permit for temporary protection at least one year ago, which has been extended until 4 March 2024.
  • You have a Finnish personal identity code.

Example: You have been granted a residence permit for temporary protection on 5 May 2022, and it has been extended until 4 March 2024. You can apply for a municipality of residence at the earliest on 5 May 2023.

Apply for a municipality of residence with the online form from 1.3.2023

Apply for a municipality of residence using the online form. The form will be published on the site:on 1 March 2023. You do not need to visit our service location. You cannot apply for a municipality of residence using the notification of move form. 

Don't have a personal identity code?

You can apply for a personal identity code at your reception centre at any time. The centre will forward your application to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. Alternatively, you can apply by visiting a service location of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

Are you studying? Are you employed?

You can already apply for a municipality of residence by visiting our service location if you have:

  • a residence permit for temporary protection that is valid for at least one year, and an employment relationship or a student status that lasts for at least two years, or
  • a family member who has a municipality of residence in Finland.

You can find more detailed instructions from our website.

1. How to get a Finnish personal identity code 

You can register in the Population Information System and get a Finnish personal identity code if you reside in Finland legally and one of the following conditions is met:  

  • you have a residence permit granted by the Finnish Immigration Service or 
  • you work in Finland and have a right to work or 
  • you have a family member* with a registered address in Finland, in addition to the original and legalised certificates of your family relations. 

*Family members include a spouse, guardian or dependent child. A cohabiting partner is also a family member if you have lived together continuously for at least 2 years before moving to Finland or if you share custody of a child you have had together. 

You can already apply for a personal identity code from the nearest reception centre, which will forward your application to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, or by visiting the Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s service location. 

Read more about the Finnish personal identity code and how to get it.

2. How to apply for a municipality of residence 

You can apply for a municipality of residence from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency when you have a residence permit granted on the basis of temporary protection that is valid for one year and one of the following conditions is met:  

  • You have continuously lived in Finland for at least one year.  
  • You have a job or a study place in Finland that lasts at least two years.  
  • You have a family member who has a municipality of residence in Finland.  

The reception centre will advise you on applying for a municipality of residence.  

A municipality of residence means that you will stop being a client of reception services and become a client of a specific municipality’s services and a resident of the municipality. Your municipality of residence is determined based on where you live.  

Do as follows  

Select your situation from the list below and read the instructions for applying for a municipality of residence. 
Note that you can  

  • get a municipality of residence and a permanent address even if you still live in the temporary accommodation at the reception centre  
  • apply for a municipality of residence only for yourself instead of all family members if you wish to do so. 

Why apply for a municipality of residence?

Once you have got your municipality of residence, you have the same rights and obligations as those permanently residing in Finland. You can also use the same services. It is useful if you are going to stay in Finland for the time being.  

Your nationality or rights in Ukraine are not affected by your municipality of residence in Finland. A municipality of residence in Finland is not an obstacle if you want to return to Ukraine later.  

Even if you do not apply for a municipality of residence, you can continue your life in Finland as a customer of reception services.  

3. How do I register my address? 

You can get a municipality of residence and the related permanent address only if you have a residence permit granted on the basis of temporary protection that is valid for one year and one of the following conditions is met:   

  • You have continuously lived in Finland for at least one year.  
  • You have a job or a study place in Finland that lasts at least two years.   

A permanent address is valid until further notice.  

If you do not have a municipality of residence, a temporary address may be recorded for you. It is valid for a certain period of time, usually one year.   

Select your situation from the list below and read the instructions for registering an address.

Frequently asked questions

Couldn't find an answer on our website?  

Contact us

International customer servicenumber, tel. 0295 536 320 (in English and Finnish).

Information on applying for a municipality of residence, tel. 0295 536 325 (will be open on 1.3.2023).