This form is for you if you are applying for a residence permit for an employed person. You are coming to Finland to work for a Finnish employer or other employer operating in Finland and you have signed an employment agreement or accepted a binding job offer.
A residence permit for an employed person is connected with labour market testing: when the availability of labour force is assessed, the employer must establish whether there is available labour force in Finland or within the EU/EEA for the work in question within a reasonable time (Aliens Act, section 73(1)).
If you are self-employed, you need to apply for a residence permit for a self-employed person.
Check that you have all the necessary attachments and information before you begin. You must have at least:
Complete the application form and attach all the required documents. Select your service point. The service point is where you prove your identity within three months of submitting your application. If you are applying for a permit abroad, visit a Finnish embassy or consulate. If you are applying in Finland, visit a Migri service point. Please take into account that the service points can be very busy. If you are in Finland, you can book an appointment before submitting an application in Migri's appointments system. If you are abroad, contact the embassy or consulate directly.
The processing of an application is subject to a fee. You can pay the processing fee with most credit cards, or use the online banking services provided by Finnish banks. You can also pay the processing fee at the embassy or at the Migri service point during your visit to prove your identity.
When you have submitted your application via the e-service, visit Migri or the embassy to prove your identity and to present the original versions of any attachments required for the application. Remember to take a passport photo with you. Passport photo guidelines can be found on the website of the Finnish police.
It takes four months on average to process the application. You can follow the processing of your application in the e-service.
The application is processed in two stages: