Investment Visa Overview

Finland Residency & Citizenship options

Finland offers a self-employment visa for entrepreneurs who want to start their own business in the country. This visa allows foreign nationals to live and work in Finland for up to four years, with the possibility of renewing the visa for an additional four years. To be eligible for this visa, entrepreneurs must have a viable business plan and enough financial resources to support themselves and their family during their stay in Finland. In addition, they must be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and experience to successfully start and run a business in Finland.

Program 1
  • Name
    Self-employed
  • Description

    A self-employed private entrepreneur who is incorporated (toiminimi) OR a partner in a partnership (avoin yhtio) OR a general partner in a limited partnership (kommandiittiyhtiö) (not a sleeping partner) OR a member of a cooperative who has unlimited liability for refinancing (the unlimited liability for refinancing must be entered in the Trade Register)

  • Requirements

    No minimum investment amount required. We've maintained 5k USD as a base case.

  • Validity
    4 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    3-5 months
  • Investment Amount
    $5,000
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
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Investment Types
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Finnish passport is now ranked fourth. It allows entrance to 193 countries without requiring a visa. With a very high mobility score, it is regarded one of the most sought passports in the world. Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to Finnish passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, providing near-instant travel around the world. Finnish passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 36 countries around the world.

Passport Rank

4

Visa Free Countries

193

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    145
  • Visa on Arrival
    36
  • Visa Online
    12
  • Visa Required
    8
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    62%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    49%
Passport Ranking Factors

Finland Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Finland passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Finland passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 145 visa-free countries for Finland passport holders, 36 visa-on-arrival countries for Finland passport holders, and 12 eTA destinations. In total, Finland passport holders can visit 193 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, the Finland passport is ranked number four in the world. In addition to these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, Finland passport holders must apply for a physical visa or an eVisa to visit 36 other countries (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Finnish Citizenhip by Descent

In Finland, citizenship through descent is solely inherited from one's parents; no earlier generation is eligible. You can qualify for Finland citizenship through your parents' lineage if:

  • Your mother was a citizen of Finland.
  • Your parents were married, and your father was a citizen of Finland.
  • You were born in Finland to unmarried parents, yet there is evidence that your father is a Finnish citizen.

If your father passed away before your birth, you are still eligible for citizenship in the following scenarios:

  • At the time of your birth, your father was a Finnish citizen, and your parents were married.
  • You were born in Finland to a Finnish father, and paternity has been confirmed.

In extraordinary situations, you may be eligible for a residence visa in Finland for up to two generations. If you have or had a parent or grandparent who is or was a Finnish citizen, you can immigrate to Finland, be termed a returnee, and apply for a residence visa for returnees.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    Yes
  • Generations
    1
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
    3
  • Avg. Cost
    100
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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