Arrival in Oulu

Things to do when you arrive:

1. Get your residence and work permits from the Finnish Immigration Service

The Finnish Immigration Service makes decisions related to immigration, asylum, refugee status and citizenship. Most residence permits are applied (online) prior arrival.

Address: Tutkijankuja 9, 90590 Oulu
More information at

2. Visit Kela

Kela handles social security benefits, social insurance, home allowance and housing benefit. You will also need a Kela (health insurance) card.

Address: Sepänkatu 14
More information at Kela website

3. Sign up at the Local Register Office Digital and Population Data Services Agency

According to Finnish legislation, you must always submit a notification of move if you move permanently into a new home or if your temporary stay at another address is longer than three months. You also have to inform the authorities if you are leaving Finland to move abroad, moving to Finland from abroad or changing your address abroad.

Address: Isokatu 4
More information at Digital and Population Data Services Agency

With Posti's online Moving Home service, you can easily place a change of address notification to both Posti (mail service) and the Digital and Population Data Services Agency at the same time.
More information at Posti homepage

4. Visit the Tax Office (Verotoimisto) to apply for a tax card

You will need a tax card before you can start any job. The card can be obtained from the tax office. Tax Office staff speak English, and the relevant forms in English can also be found online.

Address: Uusikatu 52, 90100 Oulu
More information at Tax Office website

5. Visit the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE-toimisto) to get integration services or help with job seeking

The TE Office (Employment and Economic Development Office) helps jobseekers with job seeking and integration to Finland.

Address: Uusikatu 52 (1. kerros), 90100 Oulu
More information at TE Office website

6. Open a bank account

At least the following banks operate in Oulu: Aktia Bank, Danske Bank, Handelsbanken, Nordea, Osuuspankki, POP-pankki and S-pankki. All of them offer internet banking and various types of cards.


7. Visit Customs (Tulli)

Declare any relevant goods at Customs.

Address: Poikkimaantie 16
More information at Customs website

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