Working in Finland

If you intend to work in Finland, you usually need a residence permit based on employment, granted by the state of Finland.

If you intend to employ yourself in Finland, you need a residence permit for a self-employed person, granted by the state of Finland.

Working in Finland with a permit granted by another country is usually not allowed, especially if the duration of the job is longer than three months.

When is a residence permit not necessary?

In some cases it is sufficient that you have a residence permit or a visa granted by another Schengen country, or that you are allowed to reside in Finland without a visa. In these situations the right to work is limited to certain jobs, and it applies for a maximum of three months, yet no longer than your visa is valid.

Which permits include a right to work?

If you have another type of a residence permit granted by the state of Finland, you may have the right to work. If this is the case, you do not need any other residence permit to be allowed to work. You can check from your residence permit and the residence permit decision whether you have the right to work in Finland.

If you have been granted a residence permit on the grounds of being a victim of human trafficking, you have the right to work in Finland without limitations.

Can an asylum seeker work in Finland?

More information on an asylum seeker’s right to work is available in section Asylum in Finland.

What if I have a degree from Finland?

If you have completed a degree or qualification in Finland and you have a job, you must apply for a residence permit on the basis that you have a degree from Finland.

Citizens of the EU/EEA member states

If you are a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland you will not require a residence permit for Finland.

Employee needs a residence permit

If you intend to work in Finland, you need a residence permit granted by the state of Finland

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