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Right to work while your application for an extended permit is being processed

The most important thing is that you submit your application for an extended permit in good time. In other words, before your previous residence permit expires. If your previous permit expires, your right to work that was included in that permit expires too.

In such a case, your old permit no longer entitles you to work.

In what conditions can I continue to work while my extended permit application is being processed?

You may continue working while your application for an extended permit is being processed if you applied for it before your first residence permit expired and you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You have a residence permit for an employed person (TTOL) and you still work for the same employer or in the same field of work.
  • Your right to work is based on another residence permit, such as a residence permit on the basis of family ties or studies.

If we decide not to grant you an extended permit and you appeal this decision, you may continue working until your appeal has been processed.

Please notice this exception: If you have completed a degree in Finland and are applying for an extended permit for work or to look for work and receive a negative decision, you are not allowed to continue working even if you appeal the decision.

Example: You have a residence permit on the basis of family ties, and your permit gives you the right to work. Before the permit expires, you apply for an extended permit for studies. The residence permit for studies only includes a limited right to work. If you get a residence permit for studies, you will only be able to work within the limits set by that permit. If you are not granted a permit for studies, your right to work based on your previous permit continues until your possible appeal has also been processed.

Seasonal work

You may continue working while your application for an extended permit is being processed, if you already have a residence permit for seasonal work and are now applying for an extended seasonal work permit to continue working for the same employer and submit your application before your first seasonal work permit expires.

In contrast, if you have been working in Finland with a seasonal work visa, a certificate for seasonal work or a residence permit for seasonal work and are now applying for a residence permit for an employed person to continue working for the same employer, your right to work ends when your visa, certificate or residence permit expires. This means that you cannot continue working while your application for a residence permit for an employed person is being processed.

When my first residence permit expires, when does my right to work end?

If you have received a residence permit on one of the following grounds, your right to work ends when your residence permit expires:

  • You are a visiting professor or lecturer, consultant, instructor or researcher and the length of your employment contract does not exceed one year.
  • You perform work that includes the delivery of an individual imported or exported machine, equipment, production line or expert system and the length of the work does not exceed six months.
  • You are doing international practical training in Finland and the length of the training does not exceed 18 months.
  • You are doing international practical training in Finland as an internal transfer within an international company and the length of the training does not exceed one year.
  • You are working as an au pair.

If you have a residence permit for an employed person that is limited to a certain industry or a certain employer and there is a change of industry or employer, you may start the new work only after you have received the new permit.

Certificate for seasonal work and visa for seasonal work

Your right to work ends when your certificate for seasonal work or your visa for seasonal work expires.

Your right to work ends even if you apply for a residence permit for seasonal work to continue working for the same employer after your certificate for seasonal work or visa for seasonal work has expired.

If you apply for asylum instead of an extended permit

If you are staying and working in Finland with a residence permit and apply for asylum (international protection) instead of an extended permit, your right to work based on your residence permit ends when the residence permit expires.

Read more about the right to work when applying for international protection.

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