In this section, you can read up on the general regulation concerning visa and residence permits in case of a divorce.
Visa and residence permit
When you decide to separate from your partner in Finland, many existential questions can come to mind. Do I want to stay in Finland? Can I stay in Finland? Do I have to go back to my home country? What are my options?
” I was really afraid of getting deported, even with the job here. Of course, that fear comes to your head once you are a foreigner, and you're not from the European Union. […] Of course it's not that easy to get deported, but you don't know, you never know.”
It depends on the individual case whether your residence permit can be renewed after a divorce.
If you are in the process of applying for a residence permit based on family ties, you need to inform the Finnish Immigration Service (Maahanmuuttovirasto) right away in case of a divorce or other changes in family relations. If you have a child or you are working or studying in Finland, it is generally easier to be granted an extension of the residence permit. The police will also evaluate how well you have integrated into Finnish society. Also the circumstances of the divorce are taken into account when you apply for the extension. In any case, it is recommendable to arrange an appointment at the police as early as possible to clarify your case.
You also have the possibility to meet with the consul of you country’s embassy in Finland. They can give advice about country-specific regulations and often also about your visa situation.