Residence Permit Based on Employment

Before you may apply for a residence permit for an employed person, you must have a job waiting. If an employer has made you a job offer, this employer must confirm that he or she will definitely employ you. This is usually done by signing an employment contract. Your employer will confirm the information by filling in the TEM 054 form and signing it.

You cannot start working until the Finnish Immigration Service reply positively to you.

Residence permit for an employed person is usually granted for the professional field that your job belongs to. The person cannot be employed in another field. Thus you may have several jobs in the same professional field and one permit. If you have another job waiting in another professional field, you may apply for a permit for both with one application. In this case, you may be granted a permit for several lines of trade.

If by any chance you change the field the resident permit was granted to you, than an extension in the previous grounds of your resident permit will come in contradiction with the current grounds and will lead to negative decision.

In some cases a permit may be granted only for work with a certain employer. If this is the case, you may not take another job.

How to Apply for a Residence Permit Based on Employment

You are the only person who may initiate your residence permit application process.

Carefully fill in form OLE_TY1 and attach any required clarifications. Further information on these is on the application form. If information is missing from the application, its processing will be delayed.

Give your full contact details in your application.

Fill in the form in Finnish, Swedish, or English. The appendices must also be in one of the above languages. Use an authorised translator when having your documents translated.

The application must be delivered in the Finnish embassy of your country or neighbour country or in the police department of your municipality in Finland by you in person. Power of attorney do not have effect in this typical procedures.

A processing fee of 500€ is charged for the first residence permit application. The fee will not be refunded even if you receive a negative decision. The fee will be collected at the embassy or the police service point when you submit your application.

Applying for Asylum

Applying for Asylum

In order for one to apply for asylum in Finland he must reside outside of his home country or permanent country of residence and have a reason to fear for his well-being because of grounds such as but not limited to:

  • Political opinions.
  • Origin
  • Religion
  • Membership in a certain social group or
  • Nationality

A condition for applying for asylum is that because of your fear you are unwilling to turn to the country concerned for protection (Non-government organizations).

You must ask for asylum from border control authorities or the police upon your arrival in Finland or as soon as possible after arriving in Finland.

You may only apply for asylum in Finland while within the territory of the state of Finland. You may not apply for asylum from Finnish diplomatic mission abroad or by contacting Finnish authorities by regular mail or email.

Necessary Steps

  1. You may seek asylum if you have a well-founded fear of being persecuted in your home country.
  2. You must travel to Finland if you want to apply for asylum in Finland. You cannot seek asylum abroad.
  3. When you arrive in Finland, tell the border control authorities or the police as soon as possible that you want to seek asylum.
  4. The authority that receives your asylum application registers your basic details, takes your fingerprints and checks the necessary registers
  5. Your application is placed in a queue at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).
  6. You are placed in a reception centre where you will live and wait for your asylum interview.
  7. The Finnish Immigration Service will let you know as soon as possible when your asylum interview will be held. You do not need to contact the authorities and ask when your asylum interview will be held.
  8. At the asylum investigation, the Finnish Immigration Service first establishes your identity and travel route and decides whether your application can be processed in Finland.
  9. At the asylum interview you must tell about your reasons for seeking asylum in as much detail as possible. Bring all evidence with you that prove that you are telling the truth. In addition hire us and we will guide you through your interview as we have done with many other successful applications
  10. The Finnish Immigration Service examines whether you can be granted international protection or a residence permit on other grounds.
  11. The Finnish Immigration Service examines whether you can be granted international protection or a residence permit on other grounds.
  12. The Finnish Immigration Service examines whether you can be granted international protection or a residence permit on other grounds.
  13. If you receive a negative decision on your application, you can appeal against the decision to an administrative court.
  14. If you are allowed to stay in Finland, you will be placed in a municipality. This means that you will have a place to live in a municipality as soon as a municipality can receive you.

What You Need to Know

EU Dublin Regulation is one of the main reasons asylum applications are not examined. Your fingerprints are available to all the EU countries. If you have applied to one of the 28 countries and you have been rejected, the other countries automatically have all the information in the system, which prohibits you the basic examination of your new application.

  1. Your application will not be processed in Finland if you already have the right of residence in another safe country or if another country is responsible for examining your application under the EU Dublin Regulation.
  2. If you are not allowed to stay in Finland, you can apply for assisted voluntary return. You may get assistance for returning home through the system of assisted voluntary return.
  3. The procedure of your application may take more than 9 months, depending on the case. It is expected that this will change soon for better.

Appealing a Decision Made by the Finnish Immigration Service

Appeal to the Administrative Court

You can appeal against most decisions made by the Finnish Immigration Service or against a partial decision made by the Employment and Economic Development Office to the Administrative Court. Instructions for lodging an appeal, or appeal directions, will be enclosed with the decision. The petition of appeal should be submitted to the Finnish Immigration Service or directly to the Administrative Court during the appeal period.

The appeal period to the Administrative Court is 30 days except when it comes to asylum rejections, which according to the new regulation  is 21 days, having effect from 01/09/2016.

After the appeal has been sent, the Administrative Court may either reject the appeal or overturn the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service. In case of the second outcome, the Finnish Immigration Service must handle the case again.

Appeal to the Supreme Administrative Court

If the Administrative Court rejects your appeal, you can continue by appealing your case to the Supreme Administrative Court, if it grants you the right to do so.

The appeal period to the Supreme Administrative Court is 30 days except when it comes to asylum rejections, which according to the new regulation  is 14 days, having effect from 01/09/2016.

You cannot appeal decisions of the Supreme Administrative Court.

Public Legal Aid

Legal aid is a government tool, which has been established to help people with financial difficulties and to guarantee one’s access to appropriate legal representation. Many of us encounter different legal problems, especially in a society where many of us have such diverse backgrounds.

Individuals in need of professional assistance have the possibility to hire a representative fully or partially, depending on the income, at the expense of the state. In Finland, you can appeal for almost any decision. Legal aid covers almost every legal matter you may oppose if your financial situation allows it.

If you have insurance which covers legal expenses, legal aid cannot be granted. In the same grounds companies or corporations cannot be covered for their legal expenses by state founds.

Furthermore, there are no geographical restrictions when it comes to granting legal aid. This means that you might be entitled to legal aid in order to appeal a case although you are not residing in Finland and even more if you have never been here but your application has been rejected on specific grounds.

Are you eligible?

Legal aid can be given both in court proceedings and in other matters. The nature and significance of the matter have an effect on the coverage of legal aid .In order for one to be eligible, must fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Your legal case must be resolved in the court.
  2. The amount of your monthly income must be less than six hundred (600) euros for you to entitled full legal aid, except if otherwise instructed so because of the nature of the case. You can deduct from your net salary the following monthly expenses.
  • Rent or equivalent of the rent
  • Electricity bill (if not included in the rent)
  • Water bill (if not included in the rent)
  • Loan monthly payment
  • Monthly medical expenses
  • Underage children (-300 euros for each underage children)
  • Children day-care monthly expenses
  • Other expenses (for example bureau office, loan arrangements, payment plan etc.)

If you are facing few of these monthly payments and after you deduct them from your net salary the result is less than six hundred (600), in a case which will go through court state will cover all your legal costs.

  1. The amount of your monthly income can be more than six hundred (600) euros and still you can be eligible for partial legal aid. That means legal aid can cover over 80% or 60% of your legal costs even if you have higher income than the basic previously mentioned.

You can visit the official legal aid website here:

See if you are eligible.

Residence Permit Based on Studies

If you come to Finland to study and those studies last longer than 90 days, you must apply for a resident permit. If you are citizen of a visa-free country or a citizen of a EU Member State, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you are not required to have a residence permit for Finland.

You can submit your application online as well. Using the online system will speed up the application process.

Means of support is an essential ground in order to be granted a resident permit based on studies, and worth your attention as most of the previous mentioned resident permit are rejected because of complications that might occur in the amount (6720€) or the source (sponsor, family, etc.).

Another essential ground is to have a sufficient health insurance. Your health insurance must last at least one year (12 months) and cover up to 30.000+ euros of medical treatment if you intend to study for more than 90 days in Finland.

Steps You Must Follow

Applying for a resident permit based on studies you will have to follow the steps indicated bellow:

  1. After you have applied to an educational institute, you receive a letter of acceptance.
  2. Fill in your resident permit application online and make sure you have attached all the documents.
  3. Go to a Finnish embassy (or consulate) and provide them all the information needed.
  4. You will have to wait for the application to be processed.
  5. Once you receive that the decision has been made if positive than you proceed collecting you resident permit from the embassy. If negative you have to draft an appeal or let us do it for you by contacting us here.
  6. You can move to Finland.

Students Have the Right to Work

With a student residence permit you will have the right to work if such work is part of a traineeship required for a degree or is on a research paper required for the studies. You may perform other kinds of work for 25 hours a week on average during the academic term. The number of working hours is not restricted on a weekly level, which means that you can work periodically during the academic term according to your situation, so that you work for 25 hours a week on average.

You have full freedom to work at the times when your educational institution offers no instruction, that is, during summer and Christmas holidays.