The Cabinet of Finland wants to speed up the issuance of residence permits for study or work

The Finnish government has published draft amendments to laws that would speed up obtaining residence documents for work or study reasons, the Ministry of Economy and Employment reported Tuesday.

Russian nationals have for years been the largest group of foreigners who receive annual residence permits based on their studies in Finland, the country’s migration service previously said.

“The government wants to speed up residence permit processes. Therefore, it proposes to reduce the processing time for residence permit applications due to work and study to an average of 30 days,” the report said.

As the ministry specifies, currently more than 80% of applications for residence permits based on work and education are positive. The new amendments will allow greater use of automation in processing applications to use information from other official registries, eliminating the need to request information from the applicant or the employer.

The amendments will also introduce new types of residence permits in Finland, particularly for start-up entrepreneurs.

Comments on the proposed amendments are accepted from all interested parties until March 7.

It is expected that the government proposal will be submitted to parliament in early May, and the law with the new amendments will enter into force in early October, the ministry said.