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Right to work

If you plan to work in Finland, you need a residence permit in Finland.

Check your residence permit card and the decision on residence permit given to you to find out whether you have the right to work in Finland.

Unrestricted right to work

You have an unrestricted right to work if you have a valid

  • permanent residence permit (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(1));
  • continuous residence permit on grounds other than employment or self-employment (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(1), such as
    • asylum or a residence permit on the basis of subsidiary protection
    • a residence permit on compassionate grounds
    • a residence permit on the basis of remigration
    • a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national by the State of Finland;
  • residence permit on the basis of family ties (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(2));
  • residence permit on the basis of temporary protection or other humanitarian immigration (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(3));
  • residence permit for a victim of human trafficking (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(5)); or
  • residence permit issued because you cannot be removed from Finland (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(6)).

The right to work is based on the legal provision given in brackets, which is also indicated on the residence permit card.

Restricted right to work

The grounds of your residence permit determine the amount and types of work you are allowed to do. For further information on your right to work, select the link that applies to you:

Right to work without a residence permit

The citizens of EU and EEA countries and their family members have the right to work in Finland without restrictions. However, they must register their right of residence.

In some cases, you may work in Finland without a residence permit issued to you by Finland if you have a residence permit or a visa granted to you by another Schengen country.

More information:

⇒The employer is responsible for verifying the right to work

⇒Right to work while an application for an extended permit is being processed