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Finland Plans Stricter Family Visa Rules

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The Finnish Ministry of Interior plans to impose stricter conditions for family reunions, as permitted by the EU Family Reunification Directive. A new condition would be added to the Finnish Aliens Act, where the spouse acting as the sponsor must be at least 21 years old. Moreover, the definition of the family applied in family reunification to only children and spouses in all situations.

Last year, Finland had an increase in the number of visa applications related to work, studies, and family reunification. During the first ten months of 2023, Finland received 18,253 applications based on family ties.

According to authorities, the majority of these applications were submitted by children or spouses of people who have moved to Finland for work or studies.

In addition to the surge in visa applications, the country recorded an increasing number of citizenship applications. 14,853 people applied for Finnish citizenship between January and October last year.

The previous record was from 2021, when 14,366 citizenship requests were submitted.

Read more about the new rules HERE.

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