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Finland Immigration Information - Work Permit
 
 
 

General

Employment of a foreign national in Finland requires a residence permit which is applied for before arriving in Finland from a Finnish mission abroad. Private entrepreneurship or the exercise of a profession in Finland requires a separate residence permit intended for entrepreneurs.

Residence permits for employees or entrepreneurs are not required for nationals of EU-member states or nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Note: EU-member states: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

EU and EEA Nationals

EU and EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) nationals can freely work in Finland if the work lasts for a maximum of three months. After that, they must register their right to reside in Finland, but they do not need a special residence permit.

The employee must go to the local police department to register his or her right to reside in Finland. The police register the right of residence of an employed person in the Register of Aliens and issue a registration certificate verifying the registration. When necessary, the employee must also present a doctor's statement testifying to his or her state of health.

Unless it is withdrawn, registration by a person with the right to reside in Finland is valid until further notice. After four years of residence in Finland, the employee can be granted a permanent right of residence.

Residence Permits

If you intend to stay in Finland for longer periods you will need a residence permit. There are exceptions to this rule for the nationals of other Nordic countries, EU and EEA states.

As a rule, the first residence permit must be applied for from a Finnish embassy within the applicants native country. The embassy will provide application forms and further information on the application process. A final decision will be given by the Application forms in Finland.

Grounds for issuing Residence Permits

A residence permit can be issued in the following cases:

  • family ties in Finland;
  • Finnish descent;
  • remigration to Finland;
  • humanitarian reasons;
  • other special conditions regarding studies or employment.

Nationals of Nordic Countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland) may freely enter Finland and reside there without a residence permit. They are also not required to present a work permit incase they decide to take up paid employment.

EU and EEA nationals may reside, work, practice a profession or study in Finland for three months without a residence permit. If their stay exceeds the three month limit, they will be required to apply for one. The local police have the authority to grant permits.

Appying for a Residence Permit

The first residence permit is applied for from a Finnish embassy within the applicants native country. The embassy provides application forms and further information on the application process.

In some cases the application for a residence permit can be submitted on the grounds of family ties by the applicants relative residing in Finland. The application can be handed to the local police.

Decisions regarding residence permit applications are made by the Directorate of Immigration (UVI).

Anyone applying for a residence permit, or their representative, must provide a photo for the photo sticker conforming to the photo guidelines issued by the police, as of 1 October 2006. All residence permits issued following an application lodged after 30 November 2006 will have a photo.

The issuing of separate residence permit stickers for children, reagrdless of whether they already own a passport or other travel related documentation will also be implemented. The sticker for minors significantly reduces the illegal transport of children across borders and consequently prevents child trafficking. Each under-aged child will be required to fill out a separate residence permit application starting on the 1st of December 2006.

Everyone applying for a residence permit must fill in a separate form. This applies to all children too. The application is subject to a fee, which will be charged for children too, even if they are entered in the passport or other travel document of a parent or guardian.

The application form for a residence permit (UVI101) and a list of the required attachments is available from diplomatic missions or it can be printed out from the Directorate of Immigration’s website at www.uvi.fi.

In order for a residence permit to be granted, the applicant must have a valid passport or other travel document. For a child who has no travel document, the residence permit sticker with photo will be attached to the parent’s or guardian’s travel document.

In Finland, the residence permit sticker with photo is in Finnish or Swedish, depending on which language the applicant chooses on the application form. There is no provision for residence permit stickers in English, since EU legislation requires that national languages be used in each EU Member State.

Rights given by Residence Permits

If you have a residence permit, you can reside and travel in Finland for as long as the permit is valid, and you may use the residence permit as a visa for visiting other Schengen countries.

A person holding a residence permit can stay in the Schengen countries within six months for 90 days maximum, providing he or she is not subject to any prohibition from entering any of the countries.

Validity of a Residence Permit

The first residence permit is always issued for a fixed period. Permits are issued for a maximum of one year or for the duration of employment or studies. A permanent residence permit can be acquired when the individual has resided in Finland for a contiunuous period of three years.

The first residence permit is always issued for a fixed period. Permits are issued for a maximum of one year or for the duration of employment or studies. A permanent residence permit can be acquired when the individual has resided in Finland for a contiunuous period of three years.

 

 
 


 



 


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