Here you can find information and advice on work permits, integration services and the recognition of a foreign qualification.
If you are an EU citizen
As an EU citizen, you do not need a work permit in Finland. You are allowed to start working as soon as you arrive.
You can find more information and instructions on employment or entrepreneurship on the InfoFinland website. The site is available in multiple languages.
EU citizens | InfoFinland
If you are not an EU citizen or not from a Nordic country
If you are from another country, you need a residence permit in Finland.
If you are applying for a residence permit for work, you need to have a job in Finland. The type of permit depends on what kind of work you will be doing.
More information on permits and instructions for applying for them are available on the InfoFinland website. The site is available in multiple languages.
Work in Finland | InfoFinland
If you want to work as an entrepreneur, you need an entrepreneur’s residence permit.
More information on entrepreneurs’ permits and instructions for applying for them are available on the InfoFinland website. The site is available in multiple languages.
Entrepreneur in Finland | InfoFinland
Employer's role in the permit process
On this page, you’ll find information on hiring an employee from abroad and the employer’s role in an employee’s residence permit process. The website is available in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian.
On this page, you will find advice for employers on international recruitment, information on Talent funding, tips for using Finnish or Swedish at the workplace and support for employees’ integration. The website also includes regional services for employers. The website is available in Finnish and English.
You can apply for Finnish citizenship if you have lived permanently in Finland for a sufficient number of years and have satisfactory oral and written skills in Finnish or Swedish. It is also possible to get citizenship through your parent if they are a Finnish citizen.
You can demonstrate your language skills with:
- a National Certificate of Language Proficiency when you complete the oral and written part of the test at least with proficiency level 3
- a Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate when you complete the test at least on a satisfactory level
- a diploma or certificate approved by the Finnish Immigration Service
For more information on other conditions and applying for citizenship, visit the InfoFinland website. The site is available in multiple languages.
How to apply for Finnish citizenship? | InfoFinland
Recognition of a foreign qualification: paths to different professions
Many jobs can be done in Finland with professional skills acquired in another country.
However, some professions are regulated, which means that they require a certain degree or education under the law. Qualifying for these professions in Finland have certain processes to recognise a professional qualification acquired abroad.
You can apply for the recognition of a professional qualification if
- you are an EU or EEA citizen or a Swiss citizen and
- you have qualified for the profession in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland.
You can apply for the recognition of higher education studies if
- you are a non-EU or EEA citizen or
- you have completed your degree outside the EU or EEA.
Sometimes an applicant may be assigned supplementary studies, an adaptation period or an aptitude test.
Some professions also include a language proficiency requirement. These are described in more detail in Language proficiency requirements for different professions in Finland.
See the following pages for more information on the recognition of professional qualifications and foreign higher education degrees.
Read more about the recognition of professional qualifications on the following sites
All official decisions are subject to a fee.
general information, guidance and links about the recognition of degrees
Foreign diploma or degree in Finland | InfoFinland
- flow chart on the recognition of degrees completed abroad; image also available in Russian and Arabic
• list of regulated professions and sectoral decision-making authorities; language requirements are available on the profession-specific pages
Regulated professions in Finland | Finnish National Agency for Education
• service guide for the recognition of qualifications
Service guide for the recognition of qualifications | Finnish National Agency for Education
• applying for a decision on recognition and application form
Applying for a decision on recognition of a qualification | Finnish National Agency for Education
• applying for an advisory statement on a foreign vocational qualification
Advisory statements on vacational qualifications completed abroad | Finnish National Agency for Education
- information on the recognition of healthcare qualifications and instructions for applying for a professional practice right
Language certificates: YKI and VKT
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