Individuals who wants to move Finland to be with a family member residing in Finland, will require a residence permit. However, those who intend to visit Finland to stay for 90 days or less do not need a residence permit. A visa must be obtained by intending visitors.
The residence permit can be granted based on family ties. The family member residing in Finland with whom you want to stay with is the sponsor.
Family members according to the law in Finland is really not the same with other general views of who family members are. The Finnish view of family is narrower than other countries.
The family members of Finnish citizens and of non-EU (third country) citizens and comparable persons are:
• registered partner
• cohabiting partner
• guardian of a child under 18 years of age
A broader definition is applied for family members of EU citizens.
According to the definition of a family member, the family members of Finnish citizens have the same status as family members of citizens of third countries. The broader definition for EU citizens cannot be applied in this case.
Citizens of the EU/EEA member states
Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland do not need a residence permit for Finland.