Free Advice for Foreigners
Free Movement (Vapaa liikkuvuus) gives advice to foreigners and their supporters. When giving advice we discuss for example the asylum process and the threat of deportation as well as the process of applying for a residence permit based on work, studies or family ties. The persons who give advice are activists who know how the migration administration functions.
If you want to discuss your situation in detail you should bring all the documents related to your case. All discussions at the advice are confidential – we do not share any information with third parties. The advice is mainly given in English and Finnish. If you want to get advice in another language, please bring an interpreter or contact us beforehand.
Advice is given every Wednesday from 5 pm to 8 pm (17:00-20:00) at Coffee Without Borders (Pengerkatu 6 in Kallio, Helsinki). No need to make a booking—you can arrive directly to the reception. You can also contact us in advance by email (vapaaliikkuvuus(at)gmail.com) or by telephone +358 (0) 402410662.
Tampere group provides advice in Tampere. You can reach us through Facebook by name Vapaa Liikkuvuus Tampere, by email counselingtampere (at ) riseup.net or through phone +358 (0) 402410662. We will get back to you as soon as possible and also face-to-face meetings are arranged when needed.
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 by law in The Finnish Aliens Act? 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 anxiety 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 Act.
Who are we?
We are a network of migration activists that has been active since 2006. We have organised 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 provided as voluntary work and is free of charge. We are a fully independent organisation 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.