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Seasonal worker applying for a permit from abroad - if your employment contract is for longer than 3 months you must apply for a seasonal work permit

15.6.2021 10.06

From 1 July 2021, you can no longer arrive in Finland on a seasonal work certificate if your employment lasts more than 3 months.

Exceptional procedure no longer used

In our customer bulletin of 17 February 2021, we announced that you may come to Finland on a seasonal work certificate and apply for a seasonal work permit while in Finland if you were not able to book an appointment at a Finnish mission abroad for identification. 

This was an exceptional arrangement in place temporarily because of the coronavirus pandemic, and this procedure will no longer be in use from 1 July 2021 onwards. During this spring, it has been difficult to book appointments at local Finnish missions for identification, which is why the exceptional procedure was taken into use. From 1 July 2021, normal services will resume.

If your employment contract is for longer than 3 months,

you must apply for a seasonal work permit. Book an appointment at your nearest Finnish missions for identification.

If you request for a seasonal work certificate and your employment contract is for longer than 3 months, you are likely to receive a negative decision.

If you have already arrived in Finland on a seasonal work certificate and your employment contract is for longer than 3 months,

submit your seasonal work permit application here in Finland. The ending of the exceptional procedure does not affect you. 

Further information

The contact details for Finnish missions abroad can be found on the website finlandabroad.fi.

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