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Residence permit for a special expert
This application form is for you if you have signed an employment contract with a company operating in Finland or have accepted a binding job offer and you will work in Finland as a special expert or as a member of corporate middle or senior management. A special expert is a person who has been hired to work in Finland in duties requiring special expertise ('highly skilled worker'). In general, this means that you are required to have a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification.
This form is for you also if you will work in Finland as a consultant, a teacher or a trainer for less than a year.
If you are a managing director or some other director in a limited company that has been established recently and you own shares in the company, you need to apply for a residence permit for an entrepreneur.
Instead of a residence permit for special experts, you can also apply for the EU Blue Card with this form. The EU Blue Card makes it easier to move from one EU country to another for work. You can be issued with the EU Blue Card if you meet the following requirements:
- your work demands a high level of competence or special expertise
- you have a higher education degree
- you will be paid a gross minimum salary of EUR 4852 per month
- your work in Finland will last for at least a year.
If you do not meet the requirements for the EU Blue Card, you can apply for a residence permit for a special expert.
Check that you have all the necessary attachments and information before you begin. You must have at least:
- a valid passport
- an employment contract
- a degree or qualification certificate or some other document demonstrating special expertise.
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, you must visit the service point you selected in order to prove your identity, to present the original copies of the attachments required for your application and to have your fingerprints taken. 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
It takes one month on average to process the application. You can follow the processing of your application in the e-service. 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.