Overview of Moving to the UK from Finland
Cementing its reputation as being a melting pot of international cultures, the UK is one of the top 10 countries for Finns to emigrate to, with over 20,000 Fins residing in the country.
This is in part due to Finland’s long-standing membership of the EU, where Finns enjoyed visa-free travel and residency in the UK.
Although the UK has now left the EU, there are still opportunities for Finns to live in the UK, such as through the EU Settlement Scheme and various visas.
These include work visas and Family visas, which allow family members of eligible UK sponsors to travel to the UK and join them.
EU Settlement Scheme for Finns
The UK’s main route for EU citizens to remain in the UK is the EU Settlement Scheme. This allows eligible EU citizens to permanently settle in the UK after Brexit.
Although the main deadline to apply for the scheme was 31 June 2021, there are still ways that Finns can apply for the scheme. For example, you can apply if:
- You have a Finnish (or other EU) family member who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020
- You’re exempt from immigration control, or you stopped being exempt from immigration control after 30 June 2021
- You’re already in the UK with limited leave to enter or remain in the UK (such as if you’re here on a work or study visa) which expires after 30 June 2021
- You’re a family member of a British citizen who you lived with in the EU
- You must have lived with them in that country by 30 December 2020, and returned to the UK with them
You may also still be eligible to apply if you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not applying before the main deadline, such as if you were in an abusive relationship, or if you had a medical condition that prevented you from applying.
UK Work Visas for Fins
The UK offers a range of long-term work visas that will eventually allow you to apply for permanent settlement (indefinite leave to remain) in the UK. Some of these visas include the following:
Each of these visas has its own eligibility requirements and targets different types of workers. For example, the Skilled Worker visa is the main “general” work visa, covering a wide variety of professions, while the Innovator visa is specifically for those who wish to come and start an innovative business in the UK.
Other UK Visas for Those in Finland
If a work visa doesn’t sound like a good fit for you, there are a number of other visas that will also allow you to settle in the UK permanently. These include:
- Spouse visa – for Finns who have an eligible spouse from the UK
- Civil partnership visa – for Finns with an eligible civil partner from the UK
- Unmarried Partner visa – for Finns who have been living with an eligible partner from the UK for at least 2 years
- Family visa – for Finns who have a close family member in the UK
Note that many of these visas will require you to have a prior connection to either a UK citizen or someone with settled status in the UK. Because of this, you may find it easier to enter the UK through a work visa if you have the relevant skills to enable you to do so.
How Can IAS Help?
When moving to another country such as the UK, it’s essential that you have all of the tools and knowledge you need to make the transition a smooth one.
For instance, you need to ensure that you’re kept well up to date on the requirements for visas and immigration for wherever you’ll be emigrating to.
If you need any additional assistance with your move to the UK, IAS can help.
We are expert and professional immigration advisers who can help advise and support your move to the UK. Whether you need additional help when you apply for a UK visa, concierge services to help with the logistics of moving, or anything else to do with emigration, we can help.
Last modified on July 17th, 2023 at 7:35 am
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In most cases, you will have to apply for a visa through the official Gov.uk website.
There, you will fill in an application form, pay the application fees and upload your supporting documentation.
You may also have to attend a visa application centre (VAC) to give your biometrics information. There is one UK VAC in Finland, located in Helsinki.
There are a number of Finnish societies and organisations whose objectives are to connect and support the Finnish community in the UK. These include:
- The Anglo-Finnish Society
- Business Finland
- The Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland
- Various Finnish-language schools
The full list and more content is available under the relevant headings on the Embassy of Finland website.