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Certificate of the right to work

There are different kinds of certificates of the right to work. What kind of certificate you will be issued with depends on the situation of your asylum application. 

On this page, we have listed all the different certificates, their descriptions, and clarifications of what kind of situation the certificate is issued in.

An asylum seeker’s right to work is based on the Finnish Aliens Act. According to the Aliens Act, an employee is not required to have a certificate of his or her right to work. The employer can verify his or her employee’s right to work by asking the employee about it.  However, the employee or the employer may also request for a certificate.

The certificate shows the situation of your right to work at the date that the certificate was issued. You can check this date at the top of the certificate. If you receive information that the situation of your application has changed after this date, also your right to work may have changed. 

Certificates showing that you do not have a valid right to work

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You will receive this certificate, if  

  • your right to work has not yet begun. You do not yet have a valid right to work, because you have submitted your application less than three or less than six months ago.

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You will receive this certificate, if

  • your right to work has not yet begun.   
    • You do not yet have a valid right to work, because you have submitted your application less than three or less than six months ago, and
    • you have already received a negative decision from the Finnish Immigration Service, and you can be removed from the country.

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You will receive this certificate, if

  • you do not have a valid right to work. You may not work in paid employment, because at the moment you do not have a pending asylum application or a residence permit that would give you the right to work.

Certificates showing that you have a valid right to work

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You will receive this certificate, if

  • you have a valid right to work. You may work in paid employment, because
    • you have already received a decision on your application from the Finnish Immigration Service, and you have submitted a separate residence permit application that has not yet been decided
    • the decision has not yet become final, or
    • you have not received an enforceable negative decision. At the moment, you cannot be removed from the country.

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You will receive this certificate, if

  • you have a valid right to work. You may work in paid employment, because
    • You have not received a decision on your asylum application from the Finnish Immigration Service.

Certificates for persons who have submitted their asylum application before 1 June 2019

Due to amendments to the Aliens Act entering into force on 1 June 2019, there have been changes in an asylum seeker's right to work. Because of this, your right to work is different, if you have submitted your asylum application before 1 June 2019 and received a negative decision. In this case, your right to work is also affected by whether it has been possible to remove you from the country

  • on 31 May 2019 or later, or
  • before 1 June 2019.

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You will receive this certificate, if

  • you have a valid right to work. You may work in paid employment, because
    • you have received a negative decision from the Finnish Immigration Service, and
    • the decision has become enforceable after 31 May 2019. It has been possible to remove you from the country after 31 May 2019 at the earliest.

You will receive this certificate in the following cases:

  • You have a pending asylum application and have received a negative decision on the application from the Finnish Immigration Service after 31 May 2019, or
  • you have received a negative decision from the Finnish Immigration Service on your previous asylum application or residence permit application, and the decision has become enforceable after 31 May 2019, or
  • you have received a negative decision from the Finnish Immigration Service on your previous asylum application or residence permit application, and the decision has not yet become enforceable.

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You will receive this certificate, if

  • you have a valid right to work. You may work in paid employment, because
    • you have received a negative decision from the Finnish Immigration Service, and
    • the decision has become enforceable before 1 June 2019, which means that it has been possible to remove you from the country before 1 June 2019, and
    • the decision has not yet become final.

Certificate for persons with a residence permit in Finland

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You will receive this certificate, if

  • you have a valid residence permit in Finland. Please check your residence permit card or your decision to see whether you have the right to work in Finland.