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Finland Investment Visa

Updated on Tuesday 23rd August 2022

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Finland Investment Visa
 
Finland is one of the most appealing countries when it comes to investment. Foreign entrepreneurs interested in moving here can access Finland’s investor visa program that enables them to live and have their own companies here.
 
In order to qualify for Finland’s investment visa, an entrepreneur must become self-employed here and set up a business or enter a partnership. Our Finnish lawyers invite you to discover the rest of the requirements below. We offer support to investors seeking to move here.
 
 Quick Facts  
Nationalities accepted (EU/Non-EU)

EU and non-EU nationals can apply for Finland's investment visa

Business investment option (YES/NO)

YES, minimum investment is set at EUR 350,000

Real estate investment option (YES/NO)

 NO, it is not possible to obtain an investment visa through real estate acquisitions
Age requirements (if any)

YES, Finland's investment visa addresses to persons aged 21 to 60

Living requirement in Finland (YES/NO) YES, the entrepreneur must live in Finland
Residence or direct citizenship option

Residency, followed by Finnish citizenship

Experience in running a business (YES/NO)

Yes, the applicant must have at least 3 years of experience in running a business

Direct immigration with family members (YES/NO) Family members must apply for separate
residence permits
Residence visa/citizenship processing time (approx.) It takes 8 to 12 months to obtain an
investment visa in Finland
Additional financial requirements for family members (YES/NO) NO
Timeframe for obtaining citizenship/residency by investment After 4 years of permanent residence
Dual citizenship permitted (YES/NO) YES, dual citizenship is allowed in Finland
Reasons to choose Finland  Quick application procedure, access to multiple types of visas under the investment scheme, possiblity to acquire a Finnish passport after 4 years of living here
Personal income tax rate Personal income tax ranges between 6% and  31.25%
Visa free travel to other countries
(approx. number of countries)
Approx. 190 countries
 

Finland’s immigration by investment program

 
If you are intrested in immigration to Finland through the investment visa, you need to meet various requirements. Among these:
 
  1. you must meet the age requirements;
  2. you must also have sufficient money to invest in a business;
  3. you need to have a clean criminal record;
  4. your education level must also be a good one.
 
In exchange for starting a business in Finland, you will obtain plenty of benefits, among which access to one of the most prolific markets in Northern Europe.
 
Our immigration lawyers in Finland are at your disposal with tailored services if you plan on moving here as an investor.
 

Requirements to relocate based on Finland’s investment visa

 
More than 1,000 investors move to Finland every year, and if you want to be among them, here is what you need to know:
 
  • you must be aged 21 to 60 in order to qualify for Finland’s investor visa;
  • the minimum amount to be invested is set at EUR 350,000;
  • you must also have at least 3 years of experience in your field of expertise or in running a business;
  • you must have at least a bachelor’s degree to qualify for the program.
 
The main advantage of immigration to Finland by investment scheme is that it is open for entrepreneurs, self-employed persons, and freelancers interested in relocating here. You can also move to Finland with your family.
 
If you decide to apply for a Finnish investor visa, our law firm can guide you through the entire procedure.
 

Businesses qualifying for the investor visa

 
One of the main advantages of Finland’s investment visa is that there are no specific requirements in terms of activities to be completed, however, there are other criteria to meet. For example, the business you will start must be a profitable one. For this purpose, you must draft a business plan that will be assessed by the Center for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.
 
You can also rely on the support of our law firm in Finland to register a company here. We can assist with the incorporation with the Trade Register.
 

How to apply for an investor visa in Finland

 
The procedure to enter Finland’s immigration by investment program, you must first submit an application with the Immigration Service. You can start the business registration procedure before applying for the residence permit. It usually takes around 2 weeks to incorporate a company, thus you can relocate to Finland quite quickly.
 
If you want to start the registration procedure, you can give a power of attorney to one of our immigration lawyers in Finland and simply your immigration process.
 

How long does it take to obtain residency in Finland through the investment visa?

 
There is no fast-track procedure to obtain permanent residency or citizenship by investment in Finland. The timeframes to obtain them are one year for becoming a permanent resident, and 4 years to become a Finnish citizen. You can also move here with your spouse/civil partner and minor children.
 
If you are interested in Finland’s investment visa, you can rely on our lawyers for support in drafting and filing your paperwork. Contact us now if you want to live in one of the best rated countries in the world in terms of living conditions.