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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. If you are a citizen of a visa-free country, you are allowed to stay in Finland for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days. You must yourself make sure that you 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 come from a country whose citizens are required to have a visa, you must apply for a visa for seasonal work 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. You will find the application on the page migri.fi/en/residence-permit-for-seasonal-work. Apply for a certificate or residence permit for seasonal work 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 staying in Finland with a residence permit or have a pending application for a residence permit in Finland, you cannot get a certificate for seasonal work. The certificate for seasonal work is meant for you only if you are coming to Finland visa-free to do seasonal work for a maximum of 90 days. If you have been granted a residence permit on the basis of work and you want to continue working in Finland after your residence permit has expired, you must apply for an extended permit.

The certificate for seasonal work is always bound to a certain employer. In other words, you may only work for those employers whose names have been marked on your seasonal work permit. If you want to add a new employer of seasonal workers to your valid certificate for seasonal work, you can apply for the addition of a new employer (migri.fi/en/new-employer).

You will receive a decision on your application for seasonal work certificate within 90 days of submitting your correctly filled-in application and all documents required by the Seasonal Workers Act to the Finnish Immigration Service.

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    1-3 months

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    1-3 months

  • Electronic processing fee

    75 €

  • Processing fee for paper application

    250 €

Before submitting an application, find out when you can apply for a seasonal work permit and what type or work is considered seasonal work. All work that is done during high seasons is not considered seasonal work. A seasonal work permit can be either a visa for seasonal work, a certificate for seasonal work, or a residence permit for seasonal work. 

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 TOD_P_KAUSI.

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 pays the processing fee for you, ask him or her to give you a receipt of the payment and 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 that will remain in force for three months after your seasonal work permit expires.

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.

  • 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 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 sufficient financial resources.

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 wages must be at least 1,283 euros per month in 2022. This sum meets the condition regarding previous employment (in Finnish: ‘työssäoloehto’) under the Unemployment Security Act (1290/2002).

Right to work

  • You cannot start working before you get a certificate for seasonal work.
  • The certificate for seasonal work is always bound to a certain employer. In other words, you may only work for those employers whose names have been marked on your certificate for seasonal work. If you want to add a new employer of seasonal workers to your valid certificate for seasonal work, you can apply for the addition of a new employer.
  • If you are applying for a residence permit while your certificate for seasonal work is still valid and you wish to continue working in Finland after the expiry of the certificate, you need to check whether you have the right to work while your application is being processed. You can do this on the page Right to work while an application for an extended permit is being processed

General attachments

  • A copy of your passport page containing personal data and the pages with any passport entries. Your passport must be valid for 3 months after your seasonal work permit expires.

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.
    • If you are employed by a temporary-work agency, the contract between the temporary-work agency and the user company must be attached to the 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. You will have to pay a processing fee, as laid down in the Government Decree on Fees. Pay the processing fee into the bank account of the Finnish Immigration Service before sending the request.

DanskeBank FI59 8129 9710 0117 35 or

Nordea FI86 1804 3000 0154 04

Write your name and the reference  ‘Certificate for seasonal work’ in the message field. 

Our bank account numbers changed in 2020, but many payments of processing fees for seasonal work certificates have still been made to the old bank account. Please make sure that you use our new bank account numbers. 
 

Applications

Request for a certificate for seasonal work, TOD_P_KAUSI

Fill in an electronic application