EC Resident Permit

An EC residence permit will be granted to a third country citizen who is a long-term resident, if the person has been continuously residing in Finland under a continuous residence permit for a period of five years prior to submitting the application for an EC residence permit, and the requirements for granting a continuous residence permit are met, and the person is not receiving international protection.

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.

Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.