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Certificate of the right to work

There are different types of certificates of the right to work. The contents of the certificate vary depending on the situation of your asylum application. 

On this page, we have listed the certificates and provided a description of when each certificate can be issued.

An asylum seeker's right to work is based on Finland's Aliens Act. By virtue of the Act, employees do not need a certificate of their right to work. The employer of an asylum seeker can verify the employee’s right to work by asking the employee about it.  An employer or an employee can also ask the Finnish Immigration Service to issue a certificate of the employee’s right to work.

A certificate of the right to work states the situation of your right to work at the moment the certificate was issued. The date of issue is printed at the top of the certificate. If you are told after that date that the situation of your application has changed, also your right to work may have changed.

Certificates issued when you do not have the right to work

1.

This certificate is issued when 

  • your right to work has not yet begun. Your right to work is not yet valid because you have submitted your application for less than three or six months ago.

2.

This certificate is issued when

  • your right to work has not yet begun.  
    • You do not have the right to work because you have submitted your application for less than three or six months ago and
    • you have already received a negative decision from the Finnish Immigration Service which is enforceable. Your decision will indicate when it becomes enforceable.

3.

This certificate is issued when

  • you do not have the right to work. You are not allowed to do paid work because you do not currently have an asylum application pending and you do not have a residence permit that would give you the right to work.

Certificates issued when your right to work is valid

4.

This certificate is issued when

  • your right to work is valid. You are allowed to do paid work because 
    • you have already received a decision from the Finnish Immigration Service on your asylum application but the decision has not yet become final. Your right to work ends when the decision becomes final, meaning when you can no longer appeal against it.

5.

This certificate is issued when

  • your right to work is valid. You are allowed to do paid work because
    • you have not yet received a decision from the Finnish Immigration Service on your asylum application.

Certificates issued when you have submitted your asylum application before 1 June 2019

Amendments to the Aliens Act entered into force on 1 June 2019 and led to changes in asylum seekers’ right to work. Due to the amendments, your right to work is different if you have submitted your asylum application before 1 June 2019 and have received a negative decision. In that case, your right to work will also depend on whether your decision was enforceable

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

Your decision indicates when it becomes enforceable.

6.

This certificate is issued when

  • you have received a negative decision from the Finnish Immigration Service and
  • the decision became enforceable on 1 June 2019 or later. 

Your right to work is valid if 

  • the decision is not yet enforceable. If your right to work is valid, you are allowed to do work for which you get a salary or other compensation.

Your right to work has ended if

  • the decision is enforceable.

This certificate will be issued if one of the following applies to you:

  • You have a pending asylum application for which the Finnish Immigration Service has issued a negative decision on 1 June 2019 or later.
  • The Finnish Immigration Service has issued a negative decision on your previous asylum application or residence permit application and it has been enforceable on 1 June 2019 or later.
  • The Finnish Immigration Service has issued a negative decision on your previous asylum application or residence permit application and it is not yet enforceable.

7.

This certificate is issued when

  • your right to work is valid. You are allowed to do paid work because
    • you have received a negative decision from the Finnish Immigration Service, and
    • the decision became enforceable on 31 May 2019 or earlier, and
    • the decision has not yet become final.

Certificate issued when you have a residence permit in Finland

8.

This certificate is issued when

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