Ladies and Gentlemen,
For the benefit of the public, below is the validity and categories of residence permits in Finland, published by the Finnish immigration service
Validity and categories of residence permits
A residence permit may either be for a fixed term or be permanent. A fixed-term residence permit is granted according to the nature of residence either as a temporary or a continuous residence permit. The first residence permit is always issued for a fixed term.
The nature of residence permit is indicated in the residence permit with a letter. A continuous residence permit bears the letter A and a temporary residence permit the letter B. A permanent residence permit bears the letter P and an EU residence permit for third-country nationals with long-term EU resident status bears the letters P-EU or P-EY.
Residence permit entries
Finland introduced biometric residence permit cards at the beginning of 2012. Biometric identifiers stored on the residence permit card chip include a facial image and two fingerprints.
Residence permit stickers for travel documents are no longer issued but they may still be used until the expiry date of the sticker.
For more information, you can visit the Finnish immigration service web site