转自 Helsinki Times
THE COST of residence permits for foreign nationals will rise. The government’s Cabinet Finance Committee has approved a decree by the Ministry of the Interior to raise the processing fee for a foreign national’s first Finnish residence permit from 225 euros to 350 euros, and for a first residence permit for study purposes from 125 euros to 250 euros, to take effect at the beginning of next year.
Biometric identifiers will be adopted in residence permits next year. The introduction of new smart-card residence permits that include fingerprints and photo ID will lift costs in comparison to the current document, which is no more than a one-euro sticker inside the permit-bearer’s passport.
The price hike for student-purpose residence permits is also justified on the grounds that establishing the authenticity of foreign educational diplomas requires extra man hours. Quota refugees and foreign nationals seeking asylum are not charged any fees. The fee for citizenship applications will rise to 440 euros.
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