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First residence permits
Working in Finland

Working in Finland

You need a residence permit in Finland if your stay exceeds 90 days. In some cases, you need to have a residence permit for a shorter stay if you work in Finland. More information can be found on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.

If you are an employer, you can't apply for a residence permit for your employee through your own Enter Finland account. Your employee must create a personal account and use it to send the application. This also applies to friends, relatives or colleagues.

If you have family members who will move to Finland with you, they can apply for a residence permit at the same time. The goal of the Finnish Immigration Service is to make a decision on your whole family's applications simultaneously, but this is not always possible. You must be able to support the livelihood of both yourself and your family in Finland. Your spouse must make their own account to send their application. You may send the application for your child through your own account. 

Residence permit for an employed person

You are employed by a Finnish employer or an employer operating in Finland and cannot apply for a residence permit with any other application form mentioned on this page.

Residence permit for a person employed as a special expert

You are a specialist, visiting teacher, lecturer, instructor or consultant or you work in the top or middle management for a company; or you are a specialist applying for an EU Blue Card.

Residence permit for seasonal work

Your work is seasonal, takes place in a certain field, and lasts for 3–9 months. Jobs in forestry, crop production or at festivals are examples of seasonal work that requires a residence permit.

Residence permit for a trainee

You are a trainee (an intern).

You will take part in an exchange programme of a non-governmental organisation or come for a Working Holiday, or you will volunteer as part of a volunteer programme of the Europan Union.

Residence permit for a researcher

You are a researcher or a scientist.

Residence permit for an au pair

You will work in Finland as an au pair.

Residence permit for entrepreneurship, or Finnish Startup Permit

You are an entrepreneur, or you own and work in a limited company (osakeyhtiö, oy).

You are a startup entrepreneur with a positive Eligibility Statement from Business Finland and you wish to apply for the Finnish Startup Permit.

Residence permit for an athlete or a coach

You work as a professional athlete, coach or a sports judge or referee.

Residence permit for other employment

You are in the service of a religious community or a non-profit association, or work professionally in culture. You are transferring in your company. You work in an international organisation or in the mass media and your employer is not Finnish. You have received a degree in Finland or will come to Finland to install a specific machine or device. You have other gainful employment that requires a residence permit.