EC Resident Permit
The five-year time limit is calculated from the commencement date of the first residence permit (continuous). If the person had a continuous residence permit upon arrival in the country, the time limit will be calculated from the arrival date. Continuous residence is not interrupted if the person resides outside Finland for a continuous period of less than six months, and the periods of absence total a maximum of ten months. Deviation from these time limits is possible in exceptional circumstances.
Obtaining a residence permit requires that the person has secure means of support in Finland other than through social support. Persons granted an EC residence permit are entitled to gainful employment without limitation. The validity period of an EC residence permit is the same as that of a permanent residence permit. It is valid until further notice.