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Residence permit application for persons employed as a specialist

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you work as a specialist, a consultant, a teacher or belong to the top or middle management of a company and have a contract of employment with an employer operating in Finland or have accepted a binding job offer. A specialist is a person who comes to Finland to work with expert tasks that require special expertise (highly skilled worker). You are also required to have a higher education degree. This application form is also meant for you if you are applying for an EU Blue Card.

  • Expected processing time

    First permit 3 months / extended permit 4 months

  • Electronic application fee

    First permit 400 € / extended permit 200 €

  • Paper application fee

    First permit 470 € / extended permit 200 €

EU Blue Card

This is what you should do

1

Make sure you meet the requirements for the residence permit you are applying for.

2

Make sure you have all the attachments needed. If necessary, have them translated and legalised.

3

Fill in your application.

4

Pay for your application in the e-service Enter Finland, at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

5

If you are abroad, visit a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). If you are already in Finland, book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

6

Wait for a decision. The Finnish Immigration Service will contact you if necessary.

General requirements for entry into Finland

Make sure you meet the general requirements for entry into Finland before you submit an application.

Requirements

You must also meet the following requirements:

Right to work

  • You cannot start working before you get an EU Blue Card.
  • Your right to work gives you the right to perform the highly qualified employment duties for which you have been granted a residence permit.
  • If you apply for an extended permit, check if you have the right to work while your application is being processed.

General attachments

  • Valid passport (you must present it when you submit the residence permit application)
  • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop, OLEL_PK
  • Colour copies of the passport page containing personal data and of all passport pages that contain notes
  • Document showing that you are legally staying in the country where you submit the application
  • Form MP_1 (if you already are in Finland and apply for your first residence permit)

Application-specific attachments

  • Employment contract or a binding job offer, stating your duties and salary.
  • Evidence that you have completed a higher education degree (diploma, certificate or other document, issued by a competent authority, demonstrating formal qualifications and showing that you have completed a (module-based) degree programme after upper secondary level in an educational institution recognised in that country as an institution of higher education and that the degree involved a minimum of three (3) years of study).
  • Document concerning the EU Blue Card issued to you by another EU Member State and your work duties in that country for a minimum of 18 months (if you are already in Finland and you are applying for your first residence permit).
  • Documents showing that you have not been in Finland for more than one month (if you are already in Finland and you are applying for your first residence permit).

 

Residence permit application for persons employed as a specialist, OLE_TY2

Fill in an electronic application
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