Working in Finland

To work in Finland, you must be issued a residence permit by the state of Finland.
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To work in Finland, you must be issued a residence permit by the state of Finland.

Residence permit for an employed person

An employed person need a residence permit if they are not allowed to work with another residence permit or without one.

Residence permit for certain type of work

Individuals entering Finland to work in any of the following capacities, do not need a residence permit for an employed person. They will, however, need a residence permit. The permit will be issued separately for each case mentioned. The decision is made by the Finnish Immigration Service:

·         a specialist

·         a researcher

·         an employee for a religious or non-profit association

·         an athlete, coach or trainer, or sports judge or referee

·         a traineeship or a transfer within a company for no longer than a year

·         a person who has completed a degree or qualification in Finland

·         work in the top or middle management for a company

·         a visiting teacher, lecturer, instructor, consult, or research worker, and the duration of your job is no longer than one year

·         an employee for a religious or non-profit association

·         work in the field of science, culture, or arts (does not apply to musicians playing in restaurants)

·         work in an international organization or in a position related to official co-operation between states

·         work in the field of mass media, and your employer does not have an office in Finland

·         tasks that involve the studying of markets, preparation of a company’s location in Finland, negotiation for or acquisition of orders, supervision of the delivery of orders, or the performance of other similar tasks, and your employer does not have an office in Finland

·         tasks that are part of the delivery contract for an individual machine, device, production line, or expert system that has been imported to or is to be exported from Finland, as long as the job takes no longer than six months

Working without a residence permit

Individuals may work in Finland without a residence permit in certain cases.

Secure means of support through gainful employment

If you apply for a residence permit to work in Finland, you need to earn your living in Finland through gainful employment throughout the validity period of your residence permit.