Request for a certificate for seasonal work

Apply for a certificate for seasonal work if you are a citizen of a visa-free country and going to arrive in Finland for seasonal work for a maximum of 90 days. You need to have visa-free days at your disposal for the whole period of validity of your certificate for seasonal work. A certificate for seasonal work does not extend your visa-free stay in Finland.

If you need a visa to enter Finland, apply for a seasonal work visa at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). If your seasonal work lasts for more than 90 days, apply for a residence permit for seasonal work using the form OLE_TY6. Apply for the seasonal work permit according to the actual length of your employment relationship. If the total length of your seasonal work in Finland exceeds 90 days, do not request a certificate for seasonal work. Instead, apply for a residence permit. If you are going to work as a picker of wild berries, you do not need to apply for a permit.

If you are staying in Finland with a visa or a residence permit and have a pending application for a residence permit in Finland, you cannot get a certificate for seasonal work. If you do not have a residence permit in Finland, you can use our Application Finder to check which permit you need to work in Finland.

If you already have a valid residence permit in Finland, check whether you have the right to work.

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    12 months

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    2–3 months

  • Electronic processing fee

    75 €

  • Processing fee for paper application

    175 €

This is what you should do:

1

Make sure you meet the requirements for seasonal work.

2

Make sure you have all the attachments needed for the application and that they are up to date. If necessary, have them translated.

3

Fill in your application.

4

Pay the processing fee of your application in advance to the account of the Finnish Immigration Service, following the instructions on the application form. If your employer has paid the processing fee for you, ask him or her to give you a receipt of the payment. Attach the receipt to your application.

5

Send your application to the Finnish Immigration Service according to the instructions on the application form.

6

Wait for a decision. The Finnish Immigration Service will contact you if necessary.

Requirements

You must meet the following requirements:

1

You have a valid passport.

2

Your work is seasonal, takes place in a certain field, and lasts for 90 days at most. 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.

3

You must have a signed employment contract or a binding job offer.

  • You must have confirmed employment before you may apply for a certificate for seasonal work. If you have been offered work by an employer, the employer needs to confirm that you will really be hired. This is usually done in the form of an employment contract.
  • If you wish to apply for a certificate for seasonal work to work for more than one employer, you must fill in the necessary information and submit attachments about all the employers.

4

You have appropriate accommodation. Your living conditions must meet the generally recognised health and safety requirements applied to housing in Finland. The apartment must be warm, and it must have good fire safety and adequate sanitary facilities. There must also be warm water for washing and a sufficient sleeping area.

Income requierement

You must have secure means of support.

When you are requesting for a certificate for seasonal work, 

  • you need to be able to earn your living in Finland through gainful employment throughout the time your certificate for seasonal work is valid
  •  your wages must meet at least the minimum set in accordance with the collective agreement applicable to your employment contract.

If there is no collective agreement for the job, your gross wage must be at least EUR 1,252 per month in 2021. This is the daily allowance employees are entitled to in accordance with the work requirement, which is laid down in the Unemployment Security Act.

Right to work

  • You cannot start working before you get a certificate for seasonal work.
  • You are only permitted to work for the employer for whose seasonal work your residence permit was granted to you.
  • If your employment ends while your certificate for seasonal work is still valid and you want to apply for a new certificate to do seasonal work for a new employer:

    • Make sure you have enough visa-free stay left. As an employee, you are responsible for checking how much visa-free stay you have at your disposal. If you work after your visa-free stay has expired, you and your employer may commit a violation of the Aliens Act.

    • Apply for a new certificate before the validity of your previous certificate expires, so that your right to work will continue without a break.

    • If your visa-free stay has already expired, you can apply for a residence permit for seasonal work in Finland in the service of a specific employer. 

The family members of seasonal workers cannot get residence permits in Finland on the basis of family ties.

General attachments

  • A copy of your passport page containing personal data and the pages with any passport entries

Application-specific attachments

When you apply for a permit in Enter Finland, you can give your employer permission to supplement your application in Enter Finland for Employers. Your employer needs to supplement your application with the following information:

  • Information about terms of employment
    • If it is not possible to use Enter Finland, submit the supplement form TY6_plus, filled in and signed by your employer, together with your application.

Your employer can also pay for your application in Enter Finland for Employers.

  • If it is not possible to use Enter Finland, attach a copy of the payment receipt to your application. 

Request for a certificate for seasonal work, TOD_P_KAUSI

Fill in an electronic application