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

If you want to do seasonal work for an employer 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.

The term 'seasonal work permit' refers to a seasonal work visa, a certificate for seasonal work or a residence permit for seasonal work. 

A new employer can be added 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 permit. In that case, you cannot start working for the new employer before you receive a positive decision on your new permit application.

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

How to apply for the addition of a new employer

If you applied for your current certificate for seasonal work or residence permit for seasonal work online in 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 with a paper application if:

  • you have applied for your current certificate for seasonal work or residence permit for seasonal work with a paper application, or
  • you have arrived in Finland with a seasonal work visa.

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

1

Apply for the addition of a new employer using the same Enter Finland account that you used when you applied for your current certificate for seasonal work or residence permit for seasonal work. Open the application of your current seasonal work permit. You will find it on the page ‘My applications’ for one month after receiving a decision. After that, the application is moved under ‘Previous applications’. Open your latest application and click the button that says ‘Apply for the addition of a new employer’.

  • If you did not apply for your current seasonal work permit in Enter Finland, fill in a paper application. Please read the instructions on how to submit a paper application.

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 EUR 65 in Enter Finland. You can also pay the processing fee into the bank account of the Finnish Immigration Service: FI59 8129 9710 0117 35 or FI86 1804 3000 0154 04. When you make the payment, write your name in the message field. Attach a copy of the payment receipt to your application.

6

Submit the application in Enter Finland.

7

As soon as the Finnish Immigration Service has processed your application, you will get a certificate in Enter Finland stating that a new employer has been added to your seasonal work permit. 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.

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 (EUR 175) into the bank account of the Finnish Immigration Service: FI59 8129 9710 0117 35 (DanskeBank) or FI86 1804 3000 0154 04 (Nordea). When you make the payment, write your name in the message field. Attach a copy of the payment receipt to your application.

6

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

7

As soon as the Finnish Immigration Service has processed your application, 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.

When does the right to work begin?

You do not need to visit a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity. You can start working for the new employer:

  • when you have submitted your application online in Enter Finland and included all the necessary information in the application, or
  • if you apply on paper, as soon as your application has reached the Finnish Immigration Service, 

and when all the following requirements are met:

  1. You have added to your application the supplement form TY6_plus, filled in by your employer, and the form has been signed by a person who has the authority to sign on behalf of the company.
  2. You have paid the correct processing fee in Enter Finland, or a receipt of the paid processing fee has been added to your application. The receipt must show your name and that the fee has been paid into the bank account of the Finnish Immigration Service. Our bank accounts numbers changed in 2020, but we have been receiving a lot of processing fees concerning certificates for seasonal work into our old bank account. Please ensure that you are using the new bank account numbers.
  3. When your work consists of seasonal work in an employment relationship in a professional field covered by the Seasonal Workers Act for an employer established in Finland. 
  4. When the professional field in which you are working remains the same, if you have a valid residence permit for seasonal work which requires a partial decision and the period for which the new employer will be added exceeds 6 months. Check your partial decision to see the professional field for which your residence permit has been issued.
  5. When it is possible to add a new employer. In other words, you have a seasonal work permit which is valid at the time you apply for the addition of a new employer, and you are applying for the addition of a new employer for a time period when your seasonal work permit is still valid.
  6. If you are employed by a temporary-work agency, the contract between the temporary-work agency and the user company is added to your application. The contract must contain information about the parties of the contract, the period of validity of the contract and the work of the applicant in the work location. 

It is not possible to print out a certificate of a pending application when you have applied for the addition of a new employer. Your new employer can check the instructions on this website to find out if you have the right to work. The right to work begins when the abovementioned requirements are met.

If you have a residence permit for seasonal work that is valid for 6–9 months and your new job takes 6–9 months,

you can apply for the addition of a new employer only if your new job is in the same professional field for which your currently valid residence permit for seasonal work was issued. Check your partial decision to see for which professional field your residence permit for seasonal work has been issued. If you plan to work in a different field than your current residence 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 job 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. 

In addition, the amendments have brought along the following changes:

  • Employers are able to notify authorities of the terms of employment for several seasonal workers at one time.
  • Seasonal workers returning to work for a previous employer
    • A seasonal worker will not need to fill in all the sections on the application form when he or she returns to work for a previous employer. 
    • Leaving certain sections of application forms empty as appropriate will be possible in Enter Finland in 2022. We will publish more detailed information on the timetable as soon as it becomes available. In any case, we recommend submitting your application online in Enter Finland because online applications are less expensive for the customer and faster to process than paper applications.
    • As of 17 June 2021, it is possible to leave some sections of a paper application empty. Please read the more detailed instructions for seasonal workers returning to work for a previous employer.

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