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Residence permit application for seasonal work

Apply for a residence permit for seasonal work if you are coming to Finland to do seasonal work that will last for 3–9 months. ‘Seasonal work’ means work that is done during certain seasons in the fields of agriculture and tourism. Jobs in forestry, crop production or at festivals are examples of seasonal work that requires a residence permit.

You must apply for your first residence permit for seasonal work abroad before arriving in Finland. If you already have a certificate or a visa for seasonal work and want to continue doing seasonal work in Finland directly after your certificate or visa for seasonal work expires, you can apply for a residence permit for seasonal work in Finland. In that case, apply for a residence permit for seasonal work before your certificate or visa expires. Check whether you have the right to work while your application is being processed.

Family members of seasonal workers cannot get a residence permit in Finland on the basis of family ties.

If your work is not seasonal or the season lasts longer than nine months, you must use the form OLE_TY1 to apply for a residence permit for an employed person (TTOL). You should also use the same form if you have a job that is not seasonal work.

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    First permit 2 months / extended permit 1–3 months

     

  • Expected processing time for paper application

    First permit 2 months / extended permit 1–3 months

  • Electronic application fee

    First permit 410 € 3–6 months, 490 € 6–9 months / extended permit 260 €

  • Paper application fee

    First permit 610 € 3–6 months, 690 € 6–9 months / extended permit 330 €

This is what you should do:

1

Make sure you meet the requirements for the residence permit you are applying for.

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

You can only apply for your first residence permit for seasonal work abroad. If you already have a certificate or visa for seasonal work and want to continue doing seasonal work after your certificate or visa expires, you can apply for a residence permit for seasonal work while you are in Finland.

4

Pay for your application in the online service Enter Finland, at a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

5

If you are abroad, contact one of the Finnish missions (embassy or consulate) abroad. If you are already in Finland, book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

6

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

7

Read what happens after you have applied.

General requirements for entry into Finland

Make sure you meet the general requirements for entry into Finland before you submit an application.

Requirements

You must meet the following requirements:

1

Your work is seasonal, takes place in a certain field, and lasts for 3–9 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.

2

You must have an employment contract in a sector that counts as seasonal work.

  • You must have confirmed employment before you may apply for a residence permit. 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 residence permit for seasonal work to work for more than one employer, you must fill in the necessary information and submit attachments about all the employers.

3

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.

Please notice that if your seasonal work will last for 6–9 months, your application for a residence permit for seasonal work will be processed in two stages. This means that an Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) will first assess whether labour force is available in Finland or within the EU/EEA for the work in question within a reasonable time. Secondly, following this, the Finnish Immigration Service makes its decision.

Income requirement

You must have secure means of support

When applying for a residence permit for seasonal work, 

  • you need to be able to earn your living in Finland through gainful employment throughout the time your residence permit is valid

  • your wages must meet at least the minimum set in accordance with the collective wage 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 residence permit for seasonal work.
  • You are only permitted to work for the employer for whose seasonal work your residence permit was granted to you. If you apply for an extended permit, check if you have the right to work while your application is being processed.

General attachments

  • Valid passport (you must present it when you submit the residence permit application)
    • Your passport must still be valid for three months after your residence permit for seasonal work has ended.
  • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
  • A copy of your passport page containing personal data and the pages with any passport entries
  • Document showing that you are legally staying in the country where you submit the application
  • Form MP_1, when applying for a residence permit in Finland

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.

In Enter Finland for Employers, your employer can also attach the following documents to your application. The attachments may not be more than 3 months old.

  • Certificate of paid taxes or certificate of tax debts
  • Certificates from an insurance company on the employer’s statutory insurance premiums regarding
    • TyEL insurance
    • accident  insurance
  • Report on recruitment of labour force from the Finnish labour market and the labour market within the EU/EEA

If it is not possible to use Enter Finland, ask your employer for the above-mentioned documents and attach them to your application.

Residence permit application for seasonal work, OLE_TY6

Fill in an electronic application

Extended permit for a seasonal worker, OLE_TY6

Fill in an electronic application