Coming to Finland from abroad

Here you will find the steps towards starting a life and a career in Finland.

Finland is one of the world's best countries to work and live. Working life in Finland is equal and fare.

Find in advance if there is work available in Finland in the field of your expertise and start searching before you move. At the Job Market Finland, you will find the current vacancies. EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal, maintained by the European Commission, also provides combined information on vacancies and the job market situation in Finland. If you want to become an entrepreneur, find out what the establishing a company entails. 

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Ensure that your professional competence will be recognised 

A professional qualification requirement is set for certain professions; in such cases you need to have your vocational or academic degree recognised. Find out which party is responsible for the recognition of your degree or trade/profession. Furthermore, a professional competence license is required in some branches. Such licenses refer to tests on professional skills, which, after you have passed them, give you the licence to practice a certain profession. 

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Make sure that your permissions are in order 

The permissions and registrations required depend on your citizenship. If you have arranged with an authority in your native country (an EU/EEA country or Switzerland) that you will search for work in Finland, report in person at a TE Office within seven days after you leave your country and bring a U2 form with you, in addition to your ID card. In doing so, you will be eligible for unemployment benefit from your native country for the period during which you are seeking work in Finland. Make sure that your passport or your official EU identity card are valid for the period during which you stay in Finland.  

If you are a EU citizen or a citizen of Liechtenstein, Switzerland or one of the Nordic countries, you need not to have a residence permit. You can move to Finland and search for work during three months. Citizens of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland) shall register their stay with a magistrate. If you are a citizen of the EU, Liechtenstein or Switzerland and stay in Finland for longer than three months, you need to register your right to stay in Finland with the Finnish Immigration Service.  

If you are a citizen of a country other than the EU, Liechtenstein, Switzerland or the Nordic countries, you need to apply, for a residence permit for an employed person in your native country. Before you can be granted a permit, you must secure a job in Finland. On arrival, register with a magistrate and submit a notice of change of address, if you plan to say in Finland for at least twelve months. 

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When you start working in Finland 

First, sign an employment contract on a paper with your employer. Such a contract will determine the terms of your employment which you agree with your employer. Open a bank account; you need one for your salary/wage payment. Clarify any issues related to taxation, order a tax card form a tax office and submit it to your employer, which will withdraw the percentage of your salary/wages determined by your tax card. Improve your linguistic skills – mastering the Finnish or Swedish language is the key to integration. 

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Integration services to help you

When you come to Finland as an immigrant, it is important to become integrated, that is, to adopt the knowledge and skills needed in the Finnish society. There are various services available to help you become integrated. Family members moving here with you may also be entitled to integration services.

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