Finnish authorities announced the extension of Ukrainian residence permits granted on the basis of temporary protection until March 4, 2025.

‌Key Points:

  • The European Council agreed to extend the temporary protection directive for Ukrainian nationals fleeing the Russian invasion until at least March 4, 2025, and this extension will become binding on EU member states. The specific procedural aspects are determined at a national level, and variations may apply regarding which residents and dependents are considered eligible.
  • All Finnish residence permit cards issued on the basis of temporary protection are valid, even if their last day of validity is March 4, 2023, or March 4, 2024. Ukrainian nationals are allowed to stay in Finland even if they do not apply for a new card.
  • The right to work on the basis of temporary protection will also be valid until March 4, 2025.

Additional Information: Finnish authorities recommend that eligible individuals apply for a new residence permit card even though the current permit has been extended. Ukrainian nationals can apply for a new card as of Feb. 17, and the updated validity period of the residence permit will be printed on the new card. The fastest way to receive a new residence permit card is via online service.

BAL Analysis: The Finnish Immigration Service stated that it will send a letter confirming the extension of permits on the basis of temporary protection. Various non-EU countries have introduced similar protection programs, along with the EU temporary protection directive, and more countries are expected to extend protected status for Ukrainian citizens.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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