Free advice for foreigners on Wednesdays


Vapaa liikkuvuus, The Freedom of Movement network gives advice to foreigners every Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm (17:00-19:00) at Kaarlenkatu 15 Helsinki. You can arrive directly to the reception. You can also contact us in advance by email (vapaaliikkuvuus(at) 

When necessary the reception may last longer. We can best advise you if you bring along documents connected to your case.

Why do we give advice?

Do you know how to get a work permit in Finland?
Have you received a negative asylum decision and are afraid of deportation?
Are you unsure about how to apply for a student permit extension?
Do you want to know how family ties are defined in Finnish Aliens law?
Do you find it difficult to fill out the Immigration office’s forms?

The legislation, permit procedures and bureaucracy connected with immigration may sometimes feel too heavy and difficult to comprehend. Immigration officials’ decisions may also cause anxiousness and confusion.

It is easier to solve problems together with others! The best form of anti-racism is to build common networks, struggles and action with immigrants. Racism must be opposed in all its forms, also when it is hidden in the Aliens Law.

Who are we?

We are a network of migration activists that has been active since 2006. We have organized resistance against deportations, campaigned for asylum seekers’ right of stay and defended Roma migrants’ right to accommodation in Helsinki.

We also provide and share information on migration controls and their consequences as well as struggles against controls in Finland and around the world.

What kind of advice do we give?

We advise foreign citizens on questions related to residence permits and the Aliens Law. When necessary, we can consult a lawyer or direct you to legal counseling. Friends, relatives and supporters of foreign citizens are also welcome to ask about or discuss matters related to migration.

The advice is given as voluntary work and it is free of charge. We are a fully independent organization and we have no ties to the immigration administration.

All discussions are confidential. We do not share any information concerning discussions with outsiders unless it is specifically agreed.

The primary languages of communication are English and Finnish. You can also bring along your own interpreter.