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Residence permit application for work in the field of science, culture or arts

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are going to work professionally in the field of culture or arts.

Apply for a residence permit with this application also if:

  • You are coming to Finland in order to conduct scientific research.
  • You have an agreement with a research organisation and you have sufficient financial resources secured by income from gainful employment.
  • Your highest degree is a bachelor’s degree.

If you do not have an agreement with a research organisation or if your means of support are not secured with income obtained through gainful employment, apply for a residence permit on other grounds.

If you are coming to Finland to conduct scientific research and you have completed a master’s degree, check whether you meet the requirements for a residence permit for researchers

 

  • Expected processing time for electronic application

    First permit 1 - 6 months / extended permit 1 - 3 months

  • Expected processing time for paper application

    First permit 2–3 months / extended permit 2 months

  • Electronic application fee

    First permit  410 € / extended permit 260 €

  • Paper application fee

    First permit 560 € / extended permit 260 €

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. If necessary, have them translated and legalised. The processing time may be longer if you have not filled in your application sufficiently.

3

Fill in your application.

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, visit a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). 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. Check the estimated processing time of your application here.

8

You should wait for the residence permit in the same country or locality where you submitted your application and proved your identity.

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 also meet the following requirements:

Right to work

 

  • If you are in Finland when you are applying for a residence permit, you have the right to work as a professional scientist, or as a professional in the field of culture or arts, already before you get a residence permit. In this case, you must reside in Finland legally (you have a valid visa or you are allowed to stay in Finland without a visa). However, your right to work will end after three months at the latest, or even earlier if your visa expires.
  • Your right to work gives you the right to perform the work for which you have been granted a residence permit.
  • 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)
  • Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop, OLEL_PK
  • Colour copies of the passport page containing personal data and of all passport pages that contain notes
  • Document showing that you are legally staying in the country where you submit the application
  • Form MP_1 (if you already are in Finland and apply for your first residence permit)

Application-specific attachments

 

  • Employment contract, a binding job offer or some other legal contract (the main terms and conditions of the employment relationship)
  • Degree certificate
  • Evidence of your work experience in the field of science, culture or arts (certificates of employment from your previous employers or equivalent evidence)

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. When you work professionally in the field of science, culture or arts, your means of support may consist of a scholarship.
  • Read more on the page Income requirement.


Residence permit application for employment of another kind, OLE_TY5

Fill in an electronic application

Extended permit for other employment, OLE_TY5

Fill in an electronic application