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Asylum seeker’s right to work in seasonal work

The legislation on an asylum seeker’s right to work has been temporarily amended as of 29 June 2020. The act will remain in force until 31 October 2020. The amendment will temporarily extend an asylum seeker’s right to work in fields that offer seasonal work.

The amendment applies to work in fields offering seasonal work, i.e. in tasks in agriculture, forestry, horticulture or fisheries. Such tasks include, inter alia:

•    Working in agriculture, such as crop production, animal feed production and farm animal care.
•    Horticultural work on fields and in greenhouses.
•    Professional fishing and fish farming.
•    Foodstuff processing that takes place at farms
•    Forestation and sowing, work at forest nurseries and the tasks of felling, pruning, bucking up and measuring trees and forest haulage.

The amendment does not apply to all asylum seekers 

The amendment does not apply to an asylum seeker whose situation is one of the following:

  • The asylum seeker does not work in the field of agriculture, forestry, horticulture or fisheries. 
  • The asylum seeker has applied for asylum or submitted a renewal application after the law entered into force on 29/6/2020.
  • Please note that an asylum seeker’s right to work will not be resumed if it has already expired due to an enforceable decision to remove them from the country before the entry into force of the law on 29/6/2020.

If the amendment does not apply to the asylum seeker you are planning to employ, you can find more about an asylum seeker’s right to work on our website: migri.fi/en/asylum-seeker-s-right-to-work.

How to check an asylum seeker’s right to work in seasonal work:

  • Ask the asylum seeker to present a valid customer card of a reception centre. The card will be valid until 31/10/2020.
  • Check that there is a sticker on the card with the text: Kausityö 2020 and migri.fi/tyo-oikeus. The sticker indicates that the asylum seeker has a right to work in the fields of agriculture, forestry, horticulture and fisheries. 
  • You or the asylum seeker need not request a separate certificate of an asylum seeker’s right to work in seasonal tasks. 
  • The sticker does not indicate if the asylum seeker has the right to work after 31/10/2020.
  • Not having the card does not automatically mean that the asylum seeker does not have a right to work, because the reception centre only adds the sticker if the asylum seeker has requested them to do so. You can advise the asylum seeker to ask for a sticker at the reception centre. 
  • The sticker does not indicate whether the asylum seeker has the right to work in any other field. The right to work in other fields can be proved as before, by asking about the right to work from the asylum seeker. If necessary, you can request a certificate of the right to work from the Finnish Immigration Service: migri.fi/en/certificate-requests.
     

Customer bulletin for asylum seekers in different languages

Finnish

Turvapaikanhakija: Työnteko-oikeutesi laajentuu tilapäisesti, jos työskentelet maa-, metsä-, puutarha- tai kalatalouden tehtävissä

Swedish

Asylsökande: Din rätt att arbeta utvidgas tillfälligt om du arbetar i uppgifter inom jordbruk, skogsbruk, trädgård eller fiskerinäring

English

Asylum seeker: Your right to work will be temporarily extended if you are working in the field of agriculture, forestry, horticulture or fisheries

Arabic

طالب اللجوء: إن حقك في العمل سوف يتوسع بشكل مؤقت، في حال كنت تعمل في مجال أعمال الزراعة-، أو الأحراج-، أو البستنة-، أو في صيد الأسماك 

Dari 
پناهجو: اگر در مشاغل مربوط بە زراعت، جنگلداری، باغداری یا پرورش و صید ماهی کار می کنید، حق کار کردن شما بە طور موقت افزایش پیدا می کند 

Spanish

Información para solicitantes de asilo: su derecho al trabajo se ampliará de forma provisional si desempeña tareas de agricultura y ganadería, silvicultura, horticultura o pesca 

Persian

پناهجو: اگر در مشاغل مربوط بە زراعت، جنگلداری، باغداری یا پرورش و صید ماهی کار می کنید، حق کار کردن شما بە طور موقت افزایش پیدا می کند 

French

Demandeur d’asile : Votre droit de travailler est provisoirement prolongé si vous travaillez dans les secteurs de l’agriculture, de la forêt, de l’horticulture ou de la pêche 

Somali

Magangelyoddoone: Xuquuqdaada shaqo qabasho waa la sii ballaariyay si kumeelgaar ah, haddii aad qabato shaqooyinka la xiriira dhulka, keynta, beerguriyeedka (jardiinooyinka) ama waxsoosaarka kalluunka

Sorani

پەناخواز: بەشێوەیەکی کاتی مافی کارکردنت فراوان دەکرێت، ئەگەر کار لە کشتوکاڵی-، دارو دارستان-، باخەوانی-، یان بەرهەمی ماسیدا دەکەیت

Turkish

Sığınma başvurusunda bulunmuş kişi: Çalışma hakkınız, tarım, ormancılık, bahçecilik ya da balıkçılık alanlarından birinde çalışmaktaysanız, geçici olarak genişletilmiş bulunmaktadır. 

Russian

Проситель убежища! Ваше право на работу временно расширяется, если Вы работаете в сельском, лесном, рыбном хозяйстве или садоводстве