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Working in Finland

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.


Get ready

Check that you have all the necessary attachments and information before you begin. You must have at least:

If other attachments are required, this will be indicated in the application.


Complete the application and select your service point

Complete the application form and attach all the required documents. Select your service point. The service point is where you prove your identity. You will find more information at migri.fi/en/identification. 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.


Pay and submit your application

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.


Visit the selected authority to identify yourself

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.


Follow the processing of your application

You can follow the processing of your application in the e-service.

The application is processed in two stages:

  1. The work permit unit of the Employment and Economic Development Office makes a partial decision on the application. The Employment and Economic Development Office will decide, among other things, whether you have sufficient means of support and whether the employment is temporary or continuous.
  2. When the partial decision has been made, the Finnish Immigration Service will process the application and make its decision. In some cases you may be heard before the decision is made, either in writing or at an interview.
If further information or documents are required for your application, we will send you a request primarily through the e-service. If necessary, the request will be sent to your employer. You will receive a notification when a decision has been made and can be read online.

Create a new application

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You have already created a user account and want to create a new application or check the progress of pending applications.