Thursday. 23.05.2019
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Finland makes access to citizenship easier for children of female partners

The new Maternity Act provides that any child born to a female couple can get the Finnish citizenship if the couple has received assisted fertility treatment in health care after 1 April 2019

Finland makes access to citizenship easier for children of female partners

A child born to a same-sex female couple can now obtain Finnish citizenship directly. This change is part of the new Maternity Act that entered into force in Finland on 1 April 2019.

As the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) remarked on its customer's bulletin, under the new Maternity Act, a child’s second parent may also be a woman. Before this, a child’s second parent by law was the child’s father.

The immediate consequence of this legal change is that any child born to a female couple can get the Finnish citizenship if the couple has received assisted fertility treatment in health care after 1 April 2019. When the maternity of the second parent has been established at a maternity clinic, her Finnish citizenship will automatically pass on to the child if the child is born in Finland.

A child who is born outside Finland after 31 May 2003 can obtain Finnish citizenship by declaration. This is possible if the birth mother’s partner was a Finnish citizen at the time the child was born and her maternity has been established.

If you want to know more about how to obtain the Finnish citizenship, you can get additional information and useful links HERE

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