Hi to the readers and specially to all pinoys (Phil.citizen) in the forum
Just to continue my thread based on my experiences here in Finland
Ok about KELA, the main requirement is the residence permit card. I got mine after 3weeks(residence permit card) my husband called KELA office and they gave us an appointment 1week after. So we went to Kela office on February and we asked a lot about my benefits as a pregnant woman that time.
So the girl said, we can do the application now for the CHILD BENEFITS And about the maternity benefits, I dont think you are entitle to have it because you came here december and it should be 154days of stay before the delivery (april19 duedate).
My husband asked about the maternity box, the girl said yeah it's the same thing 154days of stay.
Ok my husband asked, can I buy the box because it's a good feeling for my wife to feel that she's part of the system. And it's like a souvenir. The girl said no, were not selling it.
She told to my husband, you can apply for the paternity benefits and put it to her account because she cannot get that maternity benefits.
My husband said like this, we cannot change the system that she's a part of it, if it's possible to grant her the box because it's a good feeling for her to get a gift from the government, and I paid tax for all my life as a Finnish citizen, that's my only thing to ask, I hope you can give it to her, if not give me a chance to buy it. And the girl said, I will discuss this to our head department if she can get it, but selling is really not possible . So it ended there.
After 2weeks, I got the kela card and also the letter stating that, I am not entitled to grant the maternity benefits, but I can get the maternity box hihihi ofcorse I'm so happy even though we have a lot of babies clothes already, yeah I'm so happy, my husband was right, it's a different feeling
I'm a happy mom now with my 4mos old healthy baby boy ,thanks God.
I stayed 4days in the hospital. I could say that everything was great. The midwife and nurses were extremely kind and helpful. I'm so happy even though I'm far from my comfort zone (family) I'm thankful because of these people in the hospital. As a first time mom, they teached me how to do this, do that, and everything how to take good care of my baby. I cried and cried(due to hormones) but they were there to make you feel better. If I'm not mistaken my husband paid 44€ per day in the hospital( 44€ night and day, and everytime you will go to the hospital for checkup) the payment for the delivery was paid by KELA. that was a big help because my husband told me that he saw the bill and it cost like more or less than 4K€. The hospital gave us, our baby's BIRTHCertificate with his identity code, NO NAME at first I was confused because they will only call the boy"by my surname and the word pojke ". And I asked why no name? Hahaha... And they explained that you will give the name when you go to maistraatti and they will put that in the system, it's only the child's personal number is important in the hospital., and i said Ok ok...hahaha.
We got the letter from maistraatti, asking about the Child's information. I read about baptism. And I asked my husband if it's a must to do it (No! It's not a must) what's important is to send back that paper to maistraatti within 2months or else, the child will not be registered in the system or getting a KELA card. In our case ,our baby was baptized at home ,a simple celebration and then the priest took the paper and he's the one who send it to maistraatti. After that we got our baby's KELA card.
6weeks after the delivery, we went to neuvola for my postnatal checkup, and we talked about benefits, she knew that I'm not entitled to maternity benefits because of the length of my stay and she was shocked of the news that I got the maternity box. And she said that's good to know for the first time. AND she opened about this benefits after post natal checkup. I can get the benefits but I need to send the medical certificate that they gave me to KELA after that check up,and so we did. I dont know if I will be able to get that or not, to be honest we just forget it, because we didn't get any letter from Kela about that up to now.
We got the child benefit . (90€) every 26th of the month.
PREPARATION: EXTENSION OF MY RESIDENCE PERMIT /family ties, will expire on Jan 2019.
I already booked my appointment this November 7,2018. 2days before our 2weeks vacation in gran canaria.
These are my thoughts, if ever i will get my extension I'm sure it's 4yrs ,in my RP card im still using my name (single) unless I will change the surname in my passport and report it to maistraatti so they will change. And so I talked to my husband about this situation, that I want to use my married name ASAP before my appointment date.
To the Filipino readers just go to the website of Philippine embassy in Oslo Norway how to report the marriage and BIRTH OF CHILD which I've already done last month. Since we don't have Philippine embassy here in Finland the consulate in Helsinki will do the legalization and they will be the one who will report those papers in the embassy. But be sure that after you will get the marriage certificate and birth certificate in maistraatti, you need to send it first to Finnish foreign ministry for them to legalize before sending it to the consulate in Helsinki.
My son already had his finnish passport, and I want to get him a Philippine passport too.
Since we don't have Philippine embassy here it's not possible to get a passport in honorary consulate in Helsinki , unless the Philippine embassy in Oslo will have their outreach program once or twice a year in Finland. So my husband booked a ticket to oslo this 23 and 24 of August for 2days only to get our child a passport and for me to change my surname in the passport.
It says there in the site that no appointment needed when visiting the Phil. Embassy in oslo but ofcorse to make sure I already called them if It's open at the said date because I told to them that it's only because of passport that's why we will travel and hoping to get the new passport before my appointment on November and our vacation at the same month. (Passport processing 4 to 6weeks ).
Have a nice day everyone..be patient and be positive
Goodluck to all of us