Appealing a Decision Made by the Finnish Immigration Service

Appeal to the Administrative Court

You can appeal against most decisions made by the Finnish Immigration Service or against a partial decision made by the Employment and Economic Development Office to the Administrative Court. Instructions for lodging an appeal, or appeal directions, will be enclosed with the decision. The petition of appeal should be submitted to the Finnish Immigration Service or directly to the Administrative Court during the appeal period.

The appeal period to the Administrative Court is 30 days except when it comes to asylum rejections, which according to the new regulation  is 21 days, having effect from 01/09/2016.

After the appeal has been sent, the Administrative Court may either reject the appeal or overturn the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service. In case of the second outcome, the Finnish Immigration Service must handle the case again.

Appeal to the Supreme Administrative Court

If the Administrative Court rejects your appeal, you can continue by appealing your case to the Supreme Administrative Court, if it grants you the right to do so.

The appeal period to the Supreme Administrative Court is 30 days except when it comes to asylum rejections, which according to the new regulation  is 14 days, having effect from 01/09/2016.

You cannot appeal decisions of the Supreme Administrative Court.