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Working for a new employer while your seasonal work permit is valid

If you want to work for an employer of seasonal work who is not registered in your seasonal work permit, you must apply for the addition of the employer to your permit. If you do not apply for the addition of a new employer to your permit, you do not have the right to work for any other employers than those whose names have been marked on your seasonal work permit.

When you apply for the addition of a new employer to your permit, you are allowed to work for this new employer for as long as your current seasonal work permit is valid. 

In other words, a new employer can be added to your permit only for the duration of your seasonal work permit, not for a period exceeding that.

  • If your work for the new employer will last longer than your current seasonal work permit is valid, you must apply for a new seasonal work permit. In that case, you cannot start working for the new employer before you receive a decision on the seasonal work permit.

You can only apply for the addition of a new employer when you have a valid seasonal work permit (a visa, a certificate or a residence permit for seasonal work). You cannot apply for the addition of a new employer if you have some other residence permit for work.

How to apply for the addition of a new employer?

If you applied for your current seasonal work permit in the e-service Enter Finland, apply for the addition of a new employer in Enter Finland as well. 

You should apply for the addition of a new employer on paper 

  • if you applied for your current seasonal work permit on paper, or
  • if you arrived in Finland with a visa for seasonal work.
     

This is what you should do to apply in Enter Finland:

1

Apply for the addition of a new employer using the same account in Enter Finland that you used when you applied for your current seasonal work permit. Open the application of your current seasonal work permit. You will find it on the page ‘Previous applications’. Open your latest application and click the button that says ‘Apply for the addition of a new employer ’  

2

Mention on the application form that you are applying for the addition of a new employer to your seasonal work permit. You can work for the new employer only for as long as your current seasonal work permit is valid.

3

Attach the supplement form TY6_plus, filled in and signed by your new employer, to the application. If you are employed by a temporary-work agency, attach to your application also the contract between the temporary-work agency and the user company.

4

You do not need to attach a picture of your valid seasonal work permit in Enter Finland, even though the page ‘Attachments’ contains such instructions. You can leave that section empty.

5

Pay the processing fee of 65 € in Enter Finland. You can also pay the processing fee into the account of the Finnish Immigration Service FI59 8129 9710 0117 35 or FI86 1804 3000 0154 04.  If you pay directly into the account of the Finnish Immigration Service, please attach a copy of the payment receipt to the application.

6

Send the application via Enter Finland. 

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You can start working for the new employer as soon as you have sent the application with the required information and attached the form TY6_plus filled in by your employer to the application. You can start working before you get the decision. You do not need to prove your identity at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

  • It is not possible to print out a certificate of a pending application when you apply for the addition of a new employer. Your new employer can check your right to work by calling our customer service number for employers.
  • You should only apply for a new employer to be added to your permit if the duration of your employment contract with the new employer does not exceed the period of validity of your current seasonal work permit. If you sign a new employment contract with a new employer and have applied for them to be added to your permit and have provided the required information in your application, your right to work for this new employer will usually continue even after your seasonal work permit expires, if:
    • you apply for a new seasonal work permit before your current seasonal work permit expires. Your right to work for the new employer will also continue when you have not yet received a decision on your application to add a new employer to your permit. 

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You will get a certificate stating that a new employer has been added to your seasonal work permit via Enter Finland as soon as the Finnish Immigration Service has processed your application. We will not send you a new residence permit card.

This is what you should do to apply on paper:

1

Fill in and sign the paper application KAUSI_lisatyonantaja.

2

Mention on the application form that you are applying for the addition of a new employer to your seasonal work permit. You can work for the new employer only for as long as your current seasonal work permit is valid.

3

Attach the supplement form TY6_plus, filled in and signed by your new employer, to the application. If you are employed by a temporary-work agency, attach to your application also the contract between the temporary-work agency and the user company.

4

Attach a picture of your valid seasonal work permit to the application.

5

Pay the processing fee (165 €) into the account of the Finnish Immigration Service FI59 8129 9710 0117 35 or FI86 1804 3000 0154 04.

6

Send the application and the form TY6_plus by email to the address [email protected]

7

You can start working for the new employer as soon as you have sent the application with the required information and attached the form TY6_plus filled in by your employer to the application. You can start working before you get the decision. You do not need to prove your identity at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

  • It is not possible to print out a certificate of a pending application when you apply for the addition of a new employer. Your new employer can check your right to work by calling our customer service number for employers.
  • You should only apply for a new employer to be added to your permit if the duration of your employment contract with the new employer does not exceed the period of validity of your current seasonal work permit. If you sign a new employment contract with a new employer and have applied for them to be added to your permit and have provided the required information in your application, your right to work for this new employer will usually continue even after your seasonal work permit expires, if:
    • you apply for a new seasonal work permit before your current seasonal work permit expires. Your right to work for the new employer will also continue when you have not yet received a decision on your application to add a new employer to your permit. 

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You will get a certificate stating that a new employer has been added to your seasonal work permit to the address that you have given in your application as soon as the Finnish Immigration Service has processed your application.

If you have a residence permit for seasonal work that is valid for 6–9 months

In this case you can apply for the addition of a new employer only if your new work is in the same professional field. If you plan to work in a different field than your current seasonal work permit is granted for you must apply for a new residence permit. 

If you have a valid certificate for seasonal work or a residence permit for seasonal work that is valid for 3–6 months you can apply for the addition of a new employer even if the new work is in a different professional field.

Amendments to the Seasonal Workers Act on 17 June 2021

You can work for a new employer during the validity of your seasonal work permit if you apply for the addition of the new employer to your seasonal work permit. 

The amendments will bring along the following changes:

  • Employers will be able to notify authorities of the terms of employment for several seasonal workers at one time.
    • If the same terms of employment apply to several seasonal workers, employers will only need to submit the terms once via the e-service Enter Finland for Employers.   
    • This will be possible in 2022 when the technical system is complete. For the time being, employers must notify authorities separately of each seasonal worker’s terms of employment via the e-service. 
  • Returning to the same employer will be easier.
    • A seasonal worker will not need to fill in all the sections on the application form when he or she returns to the same employer. 
    • It will be possible to leave some sections empty when applying via Enter Finland in 2022. We will inform of the more detailed timetable as soon as it is available. However, we recommend submitting your application via Enter Finland as online applications are faster and more inexpensive to process than paper applications. 
    • As of 17 June 2021, it will be possible to leave some sections of a paper application empty. You will find more detailed information for seasonal workers returning to the same employer here

Watch a video about the amendments to the Seasonal Workers Act (duration approximately 25 minutes, in Finnish with subtitling in Finnish and Swedish).