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Frequently asked questions: Seasonal work

Who needs a permit to do seasonal work?

When you are coming to Finland to do seasonal work, you must apply for the appropriate permit for it. The term 'seasonal work permit' refers to a seasonal work visa, a certificate for seasonal work or a residence permit for seasonal work. Which seasonal work permit you need to apply for depends on the duration of your employment.

  • You need a visa for seasonal work, if you are coming from a country whose citizens are required to have a visa and will work for a maximum of 90 days. Applications for a visa for seasonal work are processed and decided by Finnish missions (embassies and consulates).
  • You need a certificate for seasonal work if you are coming from a country whose citizens are not required to have a visa and will work for a maximum of 90 days. The Finnish Immigration Service grants the certificate.
  • You need a residence permit for seasonal work if you will work in Finland for 3 to 9 months. Submit your application to the Finnish Immigration Service. If you will work for 6 to 9 months, an Employment and Economic Development Office will first make a partial decision.
  • You can also apply for the addition of a new employer to your currently valid seasonal work permit.

How do I apply for a seasonal work permit?

Use the online service Enter Finland to apply for the following:

  • certificate for seasonal work
  • residence permit for seasonal work
  • addition of a new employer.

The online service Enter Finland is the quickest and most affordable way to apply.

If you cannot use online services and the seasonal work lasts for a maximum of 90 days:

  • You can send a request for a certificate for seasonal work and the necessary attachments by email or by post to the Finnish Immigration Service.

If you cannot use online services and the seasonal work lasts for 3 to 9 months:

  • You can apply for a residence permit for seasonal work at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) abroad. You cannot send the application by email or by post.
  • If you are renewing your seasonal work permit, you can also apply for the permit in Finland by submitting the application at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

If you cannot use online services and you want to apply for the addition of a new employer:

  • Send the application form and the form TY6_plus by email to the address migri@migri.fi.

You can only apply for a seasonal work visa at a Finnish mission abroad.

Can a seasonal worker have several employers?

Yes, it is possible to have more than one employer. Those who will work on berry farms, for example, can sign an employment contract with several companies already before they start working.

If you intend to work for several employers, provide the information and attachments on each employer at the application stage. You can supplement your application while it is still being processed by the Finnish Immigration Service. 

If you get employed by a new employer who is not yet registered in your seasonal work permit, you can apply for the addition of the employer to your permit. You can work for the new employer for as long as your current seasonal work permit is valid. For more information, see: How to apply for the addition of a new employer

If your employment with the new employer will last longer than your seasonal work permit is valid, you must apply for a new seasonal work permit, not the addition of a new employer.

Does the employer have to pay the minimum wage according to the collective agreement?

A seasonal worker who comes to Finland must have sufficient financial resources secured by income from gainful employment, and your wage must be at minimum in accordance with the collective agreement that applies to your employment relationship.

What details does my employer need to provide for the application?

The employer must always fill in the terms of employment in an application concerning seasonal work. The fastest way to do this is to log in to Enter Finland for Employers and fill in the details under 'waiting for work conditions'. 

If the employer cannot use Enter Finland for Employers, the employer must use the paper form TY6_plus to submit the terms of employment. The form covers basic information about the employer, the employee and the terms of employment. 

What attachments do I need when I apply for a certificate for seasonal work?

Attach the following documents to your application:

  • copies of the passport page containing personal data and of all passport pages that contain markings.

When you apply for a permit in Enter Finland, you can give your employer permission to supplement your application in Enter Finland for Employers. Your employer needs to supplement your application with the following information:

  • Information about terms of employment
    • If it is not possible to use Enter Finland, submit the supplement form TY6_plus, filled in and signed by your employer, together with your application.

Your employer can also pay for your application in Enter Finland for Employers.

  • If it is not possible to use Enter Finland, attach a copy of the payment receipt to your application. 

The certificate request is subject to a fee as provided in the decree on fees. Pay the processing fee into the bank account of the Finnish Immigration Service before you submit the certificate request.

  • DanskeBank FI59 8129 9710 0117 35 or
  • Nordea FI86 1804 3000 0154 04

Write your name and the reference ‘Certificate for seasonal work’ in the message field. 

If you are going to work for more than one employer, you must submit the necessary details and attachments about all the employers. You can supplement your application while it is still being processed by the Finnish Immigration Service. 

"The applicant must have appropriate accommodation." What does this mean?

The living conditions must fulfil the generally recognised health and safety requirements for housing in Finland. The accommodation must be warm, fire safe and equipped with sufficient toilet and bathroom facilities. It must also have warm water for washing and enough room to sleep in. 

How can I follow the processing of my application?

When you apply for a seasonal work permit online in Enter Finland, you can follow the processing of your application in the online service. 

If you have applied for a residence permit for seasonal work, you can ask about the status of your application from our chatbot Kamu on our website. Kamu will check the status of your application among all other applications with the same type of matter and processing grounds. For more information, see the page migri.fi/chat1.

We update the processing status of seasonal work applications every week on the page Seasonal work.

We process applications for seasonal work in the order in which they have been submitted. However, we take into account the starting date of the employment in the processing.  

We try to process applications submitted for the same employer at the same time. 

The legal processing time for seasonal work applications is 90 days.  

I have a residence permit in another EU country. Can I apply for a seasonal work permit?

No, you cannot. If you want to do seasonal work, you must apply for a residence permit for an employed person with the form OLE_TY1.

I am currently working in Finland with a residence permit for seasonal work. I would like to keep doing seasonal work in Finland. The work lasts for 2 months. Can I apply for a certificate for seasonal work?

No, you cannot. Applying for a certificate for seasonal work in order to continue your stay is not possible. Depending on the length of the employment relationship, you need to apply for either a residence permit for seasonal work or a residence permit for an employed person. If you have a residence permit in Finland granted on other grounds or if you have a pending residence permit application in Finland, you cannot apply for a seasonal work certificate, either.  

How can I pay the processing fee?

There are different ways to pay the fee.

Certificate for seasonal work:

  • You can pay online in Enter Finland with the most common credit cards or with Finnish online banking credentials.
  • You can also pay by bank transfer directly to the bank account of the Finnish Immigration Service: FI59 8129 9710 0117 35 or FI86 1804 3000 0154 04. Write your name and the reference ‘Certificate for seasonal work’ in the message field.
  • After making the payment, log in to Enter Finland and attach a receipt of the payment to your application. Attach to your application a copy of the receipt also when you are applying with a paper form.

Our bank account numbers changed in 2020 but many processing fees concerning certificates for seasonal work have still been paid into our old bank account. Please make sure that you are using the new bank account numbers.

Residence permit for seasonal work:

  • You can pay online in Enter Finland with the most common credit cards or with Finnish online banking credentials.
  • After you have filled in your application for a residence permit for seasonal work or submitted it in Enter Finland, you can pay the fee when you visit a Finnish mission or a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity.

I am a freelancer doing seasonal work in Finland. Can I get a certificate for seasonal work or a residence permit for seasonal work?

You cannot apply for a certificate or a residence permit for seasonal work without having signed an employment contract with an employer who operates in Finland.

To be eligible for a certificate or a residence permit for seasonal work, the employee must have signed an employment contract with the employer.

To work as a freelancer in Finland, apply for the residence permit for entrepreneurs.

I am going to return to the same employer for whom I worked 3 years ago. How do I apply for a seasonal work permit?

When you apply for a certificate for seasonal work or a residence permit for seasonal work, you do not need to fill in all the sections in a paper application if: 

  • you intend to work for an employer for whom you have worked previously within the past 5 years and 
  • that employer was registered in your seasonal work permit at that time. 

The application process is otherwise the same as when applying for a seasonal work permit to work for a new employer.

Unlike paper application forms, the Enter Finland service does not currently allow applicants to skip certain sections of application forms. We still recommend that applicants use Enter Finland, because the fee charged for online applications is lower, and online applications are easier to process than paper applications.

When applying for a seasonal work permit using a paper application, you do not need to fill in the following sections of the application form:

When you apply for a certificate for seasonal work:

  • select ‘Yes’ in section 6.4 of the form TOD_P_KAUSI ("Are you returning to the same employer and to work that you have been granted a seasonal work permit during the past 5 years?")
  • If you answer ‘Yes’ in section 6.4, you do not need to fill in section 6.5 concerning accommodation.

See our website for detailed instructions for requesting a certificate for seasonal work.

When you apply for a residence permit for seasonal work:

  • select ‘Yes’ in section 8.2 or 8.3 of the form OLE_TY6. The relevant section depends on whether you are applying for your first residence permit or an extended permit.
  • If you answer ‘Yes’ in section 8.2 or 8.3, you do not need to fill in section 9 concerning the conditions of employment.

See our website for detailed instructions on how to apply for a residence permit for seasonal work.

I came to Finland with a seasonal work permit to work on a strawberry farm. This season there were not enough strawberries, so I went to pick wild berries. Does this affect my possibilities to return to Finland for seasonal work next year?

Yes, it does. Picking wild berries does not count as seasonal work. Your income during the validity of your seasonal work permit must come from seasonal work and from the employer whose name has been marked on your seasonal work permit. In general, we cannot take into account income from other sources than seasonal work when assessing whether a person can be granted a seasonal work permit next year.

However, when processing seasonal work applications in 2022, we will take into account that in 2021 the strawberry season was short. If you apply for a seasonal work permit for the year 2022, describe in your application why your income in 2021 was

  • lower than your employer had stated in the attachments to your seasonal work application, and
  • why your employment relationship was shorter than usual.

Attach a payslip from your employer to your application. The payslip must show in detail

  • how much you got paid in total
    • The pay slip must show your net and gross salary during the pay period, including all benefits and deductions. The pay slip must also state how the salary was determined.
  • how much you worked altogether, and
  • when exactly you worked in 2021.

I would like to know the rights that a picker of wild berries has in Finland. Whom can I ask about this?

You can contact the TE Office of Northern Ostrobothnia which supervises matters related to wild berry picking. The rights of pickers of wild berries are laid down in the Act on the legal status of foreigners picking natural products. The Finnish Immigration Service does not apply or interpret this Act.

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