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Changing jobs

Changing jobs when you have a residence permit for an employed person

You may change jobs freely as long as you have a valid residence permit for an employed person and for a certain professional field, and your new jobs is within the same professional field. You may also have several jobs in the same professional field.

When you apply for a residence permit for an employed person and your old permit is still valid, you may continue to work in your old professional field even if we have not yet made a decision on your new application.

If your new job is in another professional field, you must apply for a new residence permit for an employed person. You are not allowed to work in the new professional field until you have been granted the relevant permit.

If you have several jobs, you may apply for a residence permit for an employed person and enter several employers and professional fields on your application. Each employer must fill in the form TEM054, and all forms must be appended to the application.

If you have been granted an employer-specific residence permit for an employed person, the permit applies only to work with the specified employer. If you wish to change jobs, you must apply for and be granted a new residence permit for an employed person before you may start in your new job.

If you do not apply for a new residence permit until your old permit has expired, you are not allowed to continue working. Your right to work is renewed when you have been granted the relevant permit.

Changing jobs when you have a residence permit for a certain type of work

When you have been granted a residence permit for a certain type of work, for example work as a specialist, and you wish to do the same type of work for another employer, you do not usually need a new residence permit. In these cases, it is enough that you have a valid permit for the same type of work.

If you have been granted a residence permit for a certain type of work and you wish to do another type of work, you usually need a new residence permit. In these cases, you are not allowed to work in your new job until you have been granted the permit.

Changing jobs when you have another type of residence permit

You are free to change jobs without applying for a new residence permit if you have any of the following permits:

  • a permanent residence permit
  • an EU residence permit granted by the state of Finland for a long-term resident who is a citizen of a third country
  • a continuous residence permit on the grounds other than working or practicing a profession
  • a residence permit on the basis of family ties
  • a residence permit on the basis of remigration
  • a residence permit on the basis of temporary protection or humanitarian reasons for immigration
  • a residence permit as a victim of human trafficking
  • a residence permit in cases where you cannot be removed from Finland
  • a residence permit for studies (limited right to work)
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