Seasonal work

From the beginning of 2018, people coming to Finland to do seasonal work must apply for the appropriate permit. Seasonal work refers to work in agriculture and tourism that is done at certain times of the year. The maximum length of seasonal work is nine months.

To be counted as seasonal work, the work must be based on a direct employment contract between the seasonal worker and the employer that is in Finland. The Seasonal Workers Act does not apply to temporary agency work.

The types of seasonal work for which a permit is required include forestry, crop farming and festival work. A detailed list of seasonal jobs (only available in Finnish). Forest berry pickers do not need to apply for a permit if they will work for less than three months.

Previously, seasonal workers in Finland did not need a permit for employment of less than three months. However, if they came from a country whose citizens are required to have a visa, they had to obtain a visa. Seasonal workers in Finland with jobs lasting more than three months had to apply for a residence permit for an employed person.

People coming to work for less than three months:

  • If you are coming from a country whose citizens are required to have a visa, apply for a seasonal work visa from a Finnish embassy.
  • If you are coming from a country whose citizens are not required to have a visa, apply for a seasonal work certificate from the Finnish Immigration Service.
  • If you are coming to pick forest berries, you do not need to apply for a permit for this work. However, if you are coming from a country whose citizens are required to have a visa, you must obtain a visa from a Finnish embassy.

People coming to work for three to six months:

Apply for a seasonal work permit from the Finnish Immigration Service.

People coming to work for six to nine months:

  • Apply for a seasonal work permit from the Finnish Immigration Service. Decision-making involves two phases. First, the Employment and Economic Development Office issues a partial decision. Then the Finnish Immigration Service processes the application and decides on the permit.
  • The length of the employment relationship determines the duration of the permit granted.

Only citizens of countries outside the EU and ETA are required to have a residence permit

If you are a citizen of an EU country, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein or Switzerland, you can work in Finland without a residence permit. If you stay in Finland for more than three months, you must register your residence.

Guidelines on restrictions on import of food by private persons

Foodstuffs of animal origin may not be freely imported to Finland. Import of meat, meat products, milk and dairy products from non-EU countries by private persons is prohibited.

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