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

Address: Mäkelininkatu 33
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 (Maistraatti)

The Local Register Offices maintain their regional Population Information System. All persons moving permanently to Finland are entered into the Population Information Systen and given their personal identity code.

Address: Isokatu 4
More information at Maistraatti homepage

With Posti's online Moving Home service, you can easily place a change of address notification to both Posti (mail service) and the Population Register Center 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: Torikatu 34 B
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: Torikatu 34-40
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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