To be eligible for Finnish citizenship, you must meet certain requirements. These requirements may vary depending on your specific circumstances, but generally, you must:
- Have a permanent residence permit in Finland: You must be a legal resident of Finland and have a valid residence permit.
- Have lived in Finland continuously for a certain period: The length of time you must have lived in Finland varies depending on your circumstances. For example, if you are married to a Finnish citizen, you may be eligible for Finnish citizenship after four years of continuous residence. Suppose you do not meet the requirements for citizenship through birth, marriage, or right of residence. In that case, you may still be able to apply for Finnish citizenship through the naturalisation process. Still, you must have lived in Finland continuously for at least six years uninterrupted.
- Have a sufficient command of the Finnish or Swedish language: You must be able to speak, read, and write in Finnish or Swedish at a level sufficient for everyday communication. You may be required to take a language test to prove your language skills.
- You have enough knowledge of Finnish society and the legal system: You’ll need to show a basic understanding of Finnish society and the legal system. This may involve taking a test or completing a course on Finnish society and the legal system.
- Be of good character: You must have a clean criminal record and not threaten Finnish society.
In addition to these general requirements, specific requirements may apply to your situation. For example, if you are applying for Finnish citizenship through naturalisation, you must also be able to support yourself financially and have a permanent place of residence in Finland.
If you are unsure whether you meet Finnish citizenship requirements, contact the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) for more information.