Finnish Work Permit
European (EFTA, EEA) Member Countries
Citizens of the vast majority of EU/EEA member states do not need any special visa or permit in order to undertake paid employment in Finland. Although citizens of newer members of the EU (states that joined in 2004 onwards) must register with an employment office.
EEU/EEA citizens must only register their right to reside in Finland at a local police station, if the duration of employment is longer than three months. A special residence or work permit is not required.
The right to reside in Finland is valid generally until further notice. The employee is entitled to apply for permanent right of residence after five years of continuous residence in Finland.
Schengen Visa Information
As a visitor to the Schengen area, there are many advantages of this unified visa system. With a Schengen visa, it is possible to enter one country and travel freely throughout the Schengen zone due to the fact, that there are no internal borders, no or few stops and checks. An internal air, road and train travel are handled as domestic trips.
It is necessary to apply for a Schengen visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is the main destination of the trip. In case of a visit several Schengen countries without a main destination, you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your first point of entry.
Non EU Nationals
Non EU Nationals wishing to work in Finland have to obtain a residence and work permit from the Finland Immigration Service. Nationals of certain countries can visit Finland for up to three months without a visa. They are listed at the website of the Finland Immigration Service. For further information on visa requirements, check with the Embassy or Consulate of Finland before travel.
A ‘residence permit for an employed person’ is necessary for foreign citizens with the intention to work in Finland. As the permit is generally granted for employment in a specific field, the employee is entitled to move between jobs within the same field under the same permit.
There are also some cases where foreign citizens are allowed to work in Finland without a residence permit for an employed person. For example, this could be if the applicant has received a residence permit on humanitarian grounds, or if they are coming to work as an athlete or an artist. Find more detailed information on the Finnish Immigration Service website.