Right to work
If you plan to work in Finland, you need a residence permit in Finland.
Check your residence permit card and the decision on residence permit given to you to find out whether you have the right to work in Finland.
Unrestricted right to work
You have an unrestricted right to work if you have a valid
- permanent residence permit (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(1));
- continuous residence permit on grounds other than employment or self-employment (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(1), such as
- asylum or a residence permit on the basis of subsidiary protection
- a residence permit on compassionate grounds
- a residence permit on the basis of remigration
- a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national by the State of Finland;
- residence permit on the basis of family ties (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(2));
- residence permit on the basis of temporary protection or other humanitarian immigration (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(3));
- residence permit for a victim of human trafficking (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(5)); or
- residence permit issued because you cannot be removed from Finland (Aliens Act, section 78(3)(6)).
The right to work is based on the legal provision given in brackets, which is also indicated on the residence permit card.
Restricted right to work
The grounds of your residence permit determine the amount and types of work you are allowed to do. If you wish to work within a sector that is different from the one that your residence permit has been granted for, you will usually have to apply for a residence permit for an employed person (TTOL). In some of the roles listed below you can only work for a restricted period of time. If the duration of your work exceeds the time limit set for that particular type of work, you need to apply for a residence permit for an employed person.
For further information on your right to work, select the link that applies to you:
- Au pair
- Working holiday
- Seasonal work
- Employee of a religious community or a non-profit association
- Internship through an exchange programme
- Intra-corporate transfer (ICT)
- Intra-corporate transfer (mobile ICT)
- Work in the field of culture or arts
- Work in the field of mass media
- International organisations and cooperation between states
- Preparation of a company’s arrival in Finland and supervision of orders
- Delivery of a machine or a system
- Athlete, coach or trainer
- Degree completed in Finland
- EU Blue Card
- Top and middle management
- Visiting consultant or instructor
- Asylum seeker
- Established intimate relationship
Right to work as a family member of a diplomat
If the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has issued you with a residence permit and you have questions concerning your right to work that may be included in the permit, you should contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Finnish Immigration Service cannot answer questions concerning permits issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
If you wish to work in Finland, you can submit a residence permit application to the Finnish Immigration Service either on the basis of work or on the basis of family ties. A residence permit granted on the basis of family ties always includes an unrestricted right to work.
If the Finnish Immigration Service grants you a residence permit, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will withdraw the permit issued by the Ministry.
British citizens have the right to work in Finland if
they have lived permanently in Finland before 31 December 2020. They also have the right to work if they have arrived in Finland at the end of 2020.
Their right to work will expire on 1 October 2021 if they do not apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement by 30 September 2021. If an employee has already applied for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, his or her right to work is valid until he or she receives the decision on his or her application. If he or she is granted the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement, his or her right to work in Finland will continue without restrictions.
If the employee is not granted the right of residence under the withdrawal agreement and he or she receives a negative decision, his or her right to work will continue until the decision is legally valid.
British citizens do not have the right to work in Finland if
they have arrived in Finland for the first time on or after 1 January 2021. They must apply for a residence permit and wait for a decision on their application. They do not have the right to work during the processing of the application.
- However, they have the right to work if they work in a task that allows them to work without a residence permit.
Right to work without a residence permit
The citizens of EU and EEA countries and their family members have the right to work in Finland without restrictions. However, they must register their right of residence or apply for a residence card for a family member.
In some cases, you may work in Finland without a residence permit issued to you by Finland if you have a residence permit or a visa granted to you by another Schengen country.