Income requirement for persons who apply for a residence permit on the basis of work
If you apply for a residence permit in order to work in Finland, you need to be able to support yourself in Finland with your salary throughout the time your residence permit is valid. The minimum salary required for a residence permit may change, because the Finnish Immigration Service reviews it every year.
Specialists and EU Blue Card holders are required to earn a higher salary. For unsalaried jobs (au pair, voluntary work, Working Holiday), the income requirement is defined separately.
When you apply for an extended permit, the Finnish Immigration Service will get information about your salaries and benefits from the Incomes Register. Therefore, you do not need to attach certificates of salaries or benefits to your application. If we need further information, we will send you a request for additional information. Read more on the page Incomes Register.
Sufficient financial resources from work
If you apply for a residence permit in order to work full-time, your salary must at least correspond to the salary specified in the collective agreement that applies to your employment relationship.
If there is no collective agreement in your sector or if you work part-time, your gross salary must be at least EUR 1,331 per month in 2023. This sum meets the condition regarding previous employment (in Finnish: ‘työssäoloehto’) under the Unemployment Security Act.
Specialist and EU Blue Card
If you apply for a residence permit as a specialist, you are required to earn a salary that is higher than the average. Your gross salary must be at least approximately EUR 3,000 per month.
If you apply for an EU Blue Card, your gross salary must be at least EUR 5,209 per month in 2023. This is the national salary threshold applicable in Finland in 2023, and it is reviewed annually. Potential employee benefits and daily allowances do not count as salary.
Athlete, coach or trainer
If your accommodation benefit or some other benefit is considered to form a part of your salary, you must attach a document on the taxable value of the benefit to your residence permit application. It is not possible to replace a salary in money with other fringe benefits (such as game or training outfits) or with health care or reimbursement of expenses. All fringe benefits included in the player contract must be shown on your payslip as taxable income.
If you apply for a residence permit for au pair status, your host family must provide you with room and board, insurance and pocket money.
In addition to your room and board, your host family must give you at least EUR 280 (net) per month in pocket money. The host family must also present documentation of your insurance.
If you apply for a residence permit for a Working holiday, you must have sufficient funds to be able to live in Finland. You have to have about EUR 2,000 in your bank account for the first three months.
If you apply for a residence permit for a Working holiday, you must have sufficient funds to be able to live in Finland.