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Seasonal work

When you are coming to Finland to do seasonal work, you must apply for the appropriate permit for it. ‘Seasonal work’ means work that is done during certain seasons in the fields of agriculture and tourism. The maximum length of seasonal work is nine months.

The types of seasonal work to which the Seasonal Workers Act is applied include agricultural and garden work, forestry and work in the tourism sector. See a more detailed list of seasonal jobs. The Seasonal Workers Act applies also to temporary agency work.

When you are in Finland on a seasonal work permit, your family members cannot be granted a residence permit in Finland on the basis of family ties.

You do not need a seasonal work permit if

  • You are coming to Finland to pick forest berries and your work will last less than three months
  • You are a citizen of an EU country or Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. You can work in Finland without a residence permit. If you stay in Finland for longer than three months, you must register your right of residence
  • you are a British citizen, you have resided in Finland before 31 December 2020 and your residence has been of a permanent nature. If you have arrived in Finland on 1 January 2021 or after that date, you must apply for a permit for seasonal work. For more information about British citizens’ right to work, see the page migri.fi//brexit/en

You cannot be granted a seasonal work permit in the following cases:

  • If you work as a freelancer and have not entered into an employment contract with a company operating in Finland. In that case, apply for a residence permit for an entrepreneur.
  • If you live permanently in an EU country or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you want to do seasonal work in Finland, you need to apply for a residence permit for an employed person (TTOL) by using the form OLE_TY1.

The duration of your work will affect what permit you need to apply for

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. The certificate for seasonal work proves your right to work. For your stay in Finland to be legal, you also need to have visa-free days at your disposal for the whole period of validity of your certificate. A certificate for seasonal work does not extend your visa-free stay in Finland.
  • 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.

As a seasonal worker, you must apply separately to the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) for entitlement to social security and healthcare

You do not automatically have the right to use municipal healthcare in Finland. Read more about a seasonal worker's rights on the Kela website

More information

Updates about the corona situation: migri.fi/coronavirus

For instructions about applying, see the pages migri.fi/you-are-in-finland and migri.fi/you-are-not-in-finland.

Are you an employer of seasonal workers? 

Read the instructions for employers of seasonal workers on page migri.fi/for-employers-of-seasonal-workers.

Webinar

Webinar on seasonal work on page Videos (in Finnish).