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Finland is known as the happiest country in the world with the cleanest air and the best education system. To be able to live in the happy land of a thousand lakes you might need a permanent residence permit card to work and reside there.
However, there are a lot of requirements you have to meet regarding the process application as well as the photographs. In this article, you will find out both photo specifications and how to apply for the Finnish Residence Permit Card!
When you apply for a residence permit or a residence permit card, you have to attach a passport photo to your application. The passport photo must comply with the photo guidelines issued by the police. In Finland, the same instructions apply to all facial photographs used on the passports, identity cards and permits granted by the police.
It is important to know that the applicant’s face should not be too small in the photo, and the photo must be taken directly from the front. The facial expression must be neutral and the background has to be monochromatic and flat. To know more, like what is the required photo size, as well as attire, quality and lighting, common mistakes and general requirements for babies and children, read on!
General specifications regarding the Finnish residence permit photos:
The dimensions of Finnish photographs submitted electronically must be exactly 500 x 653
pixels. As small as one-pixel deviations are not accepted. Electronically submitted photographs must be saved in JPEG format (not JPEG2000). The file extension can be either .jpg or .jpeg. The maximum size of an electronically submitted photograph is 250 kilobytes.
Regarding the official photographs instructions by the Finland police:
There are no specific measurements for the width of the face. If the length of the face complies with the requirements, you do not need to pay attention to the width of the face.
The head should be straight in the photograph so as not tilt on any side, forward or backwards. The position of the head is considered based on the outer edges of the head when seen from the front, not from the position of the eyes, for instance. Your shoulders must be in the same line with your face or facing straight at the camera. Portrait style photographs are not allowed. Your posture does not need to comply with these requirements if you have a medical condition.
Your face and eyes must point directly at the camera. If any medical problems, a photograph that can be best used to identify you will be taken. If you cannot hold your head straight, the camera angle can be adjusted so that your head is positioned correctly. Both ears do not need to be visible in the photograph, as one ear can be further back, smaller or different in shape than the other naturally.
The best background colour is light grey. However, the key is to make sure that your face,
hair and clothes can be clearly distinguished from the background. To make the subject stand out from the background, the photographer can adjust the lighting or change the background to a lighter or darker colour. The background must not be lit so strongly that the reflected light reduces the contrast in the face and makes the outline of the subject glow.
The background for a Finnish residence permit card should:
If you can’t obtain the right background colour, use our background remover on the Passport Photo Online website which changes the background colour for the right light-grey one and make it uniform as required by Finnish police.
The lighting over the entire face must be smooth; there must be no shadows on your face or
behind you and there must be no overexposed areas that are completely white, caused
by light that is too strong and has not been softened. The photograph must not have the red-eye effect. The lighting must be natural in colour, meaning that it cannot have for example blue or red hues. The photograph must not be over or underexposed.
Your face and especially your eyes must be completely and clearly visible. Your facial expression must be neutral and your mouth must be closed. Eyes must be open with no squinting. Your face must be completely visible. Your face must not be covered by accessories or hair.
Your eyes have to be seen clearly in the photograph. For best results, make sure that no part of the frames of your glasses is near your eyes. The frames of your glasses should also not be so thick that it would make it difficult to see your facial structure clearly. You can always take your glasses off when you have your documents photograph taken. Tinted glasses or an eyepatch can only be worn for medical reasons.
You may only wear a scarf or other head covering if it is required by religious reasons or due to an established tradition, or if it is necessary for health or medical reasons. However, the head covering must not cover the face too much and it must not cause shadows over the face. You may wear a wig if you wear one daily for medical reasons, for example, but it must not cover your face as well as your eyes.
You may wear makeup in photos for a residence permit card but only if it does not make it more difficult to identify you. It is impossible to provide a comprehensive list of rules concerning make-up, which is why the effects of make-up are always evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Regarding photos for children, they must follow the same rules indicated above. This means that the photos for the baby residence permit card must show the child's head and shoulders only. You may support a small child, but there must not be any part of you visible in the photograph. This means that any other objects, people or items that cannot be visible in the frame such as parent’s hands, pacifiers or toys are not allowed. The facial expression rules are flexible when it comes to very young babies, but even their mouth can only be slightly open and even small children must keep their eyes open.
If this is your first time taking photos for documents, it might not be a piece of cake. This is why we are to help you with the process! Take a look at the common mistakes while taking photos for Finnish residence permit card to know what to not repeat:
Finlanders often choose to have their photos on residence permit cards or passports taken at professional photography studios, however, they don’t say that it is not possible to take a permanent resident card photo by yourself! However, keep in mind that often the photographer sends the passport photograph directly to the police electronically, and it is linked to the application with a photograph retrieval code assigned to the photograph. You can also use a paper photograph if you submit your application at a police service point.
So you can still take a photo by yourself, just make sure you attach it well to the application or send it straight away to the police. Therefore, how to use a Finnish Residence Permit Card Photo Tool?
Last update: 22/03/2023
The Finnish Immigration Service can only grant you a permanent residence permit if you have the grounds and meet the requirements for a continuous residence permit (the A permit).
If you come to Finland from outside the EU for more than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit. If you plan to work, you may need a residence permit even if your stay will be shorter than 90 days. You need to apply for your residence permit personally. Also, you cannot apply for a residence permit for your spouse or employee.
You can receive a permanent residence permit in Finland if you have lived in the country long enough. You can only apply for a permanent residence permit if you are in Finland.
You can receive a permanent residence permit if:
If you are an EU citizen or a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need a residence permit. Instead, you can register your right of residence at the Immigration Service. If you are a family member of such a citizen but not a citizen of these countries yourself, you can apply for a residence card of an EU citizen's family member.
You must apply for a residence permit if you plan to stay in Finland for longer than 90 days. There are two possible ways of applying – by submitting an online application or paper application.
Applying for a permanent residence permit in the Enter Finland service:
Applying for the permanent residence permit by filling the paper application form:
The first residence permit costs 520€ for paper application and 470€ for electronic one and renewal of a residence permit card costs 80€ for electronic application as well as a paper one.