If an applicant does not have a higher education degree but still wants to apply for a residence permit as a specialist, the application must clearly explain why the work is an expert task that requires special expertise and why the applicant is qualified for the work. Special expertise can also be shown through an extensive employment history, in which case the applicant must submit his or her curriculum vitae, certificates of employment and other certificates of his or her studies in the field. It is always decided case by case whether an applicant who does not have a higher education degree meets the requirements for special expertise.
Obtaining a residence permit as a specialist is possible only if the specialist’s gross income is at least EUR 3,000 per month. If the salary is lower than that, the applicant needs to apply for a residence permit for an employed person. If the applicant is a consultant who is coming to Finland for no more than a year, he or she can apply for a residence permit as a consultant with the same application form than specialists. In that case, he or she must state clearly as additional information in the form that he or she is applying for a residence permit as a consultant.