Request for a certificate for seasonal work

Use this form to request 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:


Make sure you meet the requirements for seasonal work.


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


Fill in your application.


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.


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


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


You must also meet the following requirements:


You have a valid passport.


Your work is seasonal, takes place in a certain field, and lasts for 90 days at most. Jobs in forestry, crop production or at festivals are examples of seasonal work that requires a residence permit. A detailed list of seasonal jobs (only available in Finnish).


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.


You have appropriate accommodation.

Income requirement

You must have secure means of support

  •  If you apply for a residence permit in order to work in Finland, you need to be able to earn your living in Finland through gainful employment throughout the time your residence permit is valid. The minimum salary from gainful employment is reviewed annually.

    Read more on the page Income requirement.

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, read the instructions on the page The employer is responsible for verifying the right to work.

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

Seasonal workers should apply to Kela for access to social security and health services

As a seasonal worker, you do not automatically have the right to use municipal healthcare in Finland. You must apply to the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) for entitlement to healthcare. Kela will give you a certificate.

In the case of an emergency, you of course have the right to seek medical care. In such situations, the health care staff will check your entitlement to healthcare from Kela.

Read more about seasonal workers’ rights on Kela’s website.

General attachments

  • Colour copies of the passport page containing personal data

Application-specific attachments

  • Supplement form TY6_plus, filled in and signed by your employer
  • Copy of the payment receipt

Request for a certificate for seasonal work, TOD_P_KAUSI

Fill in an electronic application