Moving to Kokkola
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Registering as a resident
If you want to move to Finland, you will usually need a residence permit. Matters related to residence permits are handled by Finnish embassies abroad and the Finnish Immigration Service.
Further information: Moving to Finland.
When you move permanently to Kokkola, you must register as a resident of the municipality. You can register by personally visiting the Kokkola unit of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency:
Digital and Population Data Services Agency, Kokkola
The service points are mainly open by appointment, so book an appointment in advance on the Digital and Population Data Services Agency website or by calling the national customer service number.
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When you go to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, please take the following documents with you:
- proof of identity (a passport, for example)
- a residence permit and a residence card (if you need a residence permit in Finland)
- a certificate of registration of a residence permit (if you are an EU citizen)
- a marriage certificate
- your children's birth certificates
Please note that foreign documents must be original and official, and translated into Finnish, Swedish or English. More information on the rules for what constitutes a legal document is available at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency or the embassy of your own country in Finland.
Further information: Registering as a resident.
When you move to Finland, there are a few other practical things you need to take care of in addition to your residence permit and registration.
Read more on the InfoFinland website: Moving to Finland checklist
Read more about life in Finland: Settling in Finland
Guidance of immigrants in Kokkola
In Kokkola, you can ask the Welcome Office for advice on dealing with administrative matters related to your move. The Welcome Office is a service of the City of Kokkola that provides information, advice and guidance on immigration-related matters free of charge.