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Can I enter the country without a visa?

Temporary protection can only be granted to:

  • Ukrainian citizens unable to return to Ukraine due to the Russian attack.
  • Citizens of countries outside the European Union, citizens of countries not party to the Schengen Agreement, and stateless persons who have resided in Ukraine legally and whose return to the relevant country of origin safely and permanently is not possible.
  • The family members of Ukrainian citizens and of those granted international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine, if the family ties were established in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 and the family member is not a citizen of a European Union Member State, a Nordic country, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland.
  • Family members do not need to apply at the same time. They can, for example, come to Finland later and apply for temporary protection then.
  • If the family member is a citizen of a European Union Member State, or a citizen of Liechtenstein or Switzerland, he or she can apply for EU registration.

If you can be granted a residence permit on other grounds, such as your work or family ties, you should make a separate application for a residence permit. For more information, see here mceclip0.png.

Can I get refugee status in the country?

You can be granted the asylum if you have a well-founded fear of being persecuted in your home county or your country of permanent residence because of your origin, religion, nationality, membership in a certain social group or political opinions. Another requirement is that you cannot rely on the protection of the authorities of your home country or country of permanent residence because of the persecution you fear.

How long can I stay in the country?

Once you are granted temporary protection, the general rules apply (see section How long can I stay?)

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