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Changes in employment situation

If your employment continues, you can apply for an extended residence permit

If your fixed-term work becomes permanent or continues, you will need an extended residence permit. You can only apply for an extension from Finland. The extended residence permit is also fixed-term.

Apply for an extended residence permit in the Enter Finland service.Opens in a new window.

Remember to submit your application before your previous residence permit expires. If you submit your application for an extended permit late, the right to work associated with the permit has also expired. In this case, you cannot continue working with an old permit.

Updated: 19/2/2024

If you change employment, check your residence permit

If your residence permit only has the right to work in a certain sector

  • Apply for a new residence permit if you change both your job and your field of work.
  • You can continue working with your current residence permit if you only change jobs but remain in the same field.

Read more about residence permit matters related to changing jobs on the website of the Finnish Immigration service.Opens in a new window.

Updated: 1/9/2022

If you are a posted worker but move to the service of a Finnish employer

As a posted worker, you may stop working for a foreign employer and move to a Finnish job. If you move to the service of a Finnish employer, you are no longer a posted worker.

If you have an A1 certificate issued by your country of origin, notify the authority that issued the certificate.  You will be covered by Finnish social security legislation in your new job. This means you will pay social insurance contributions to Finland and you can receive social security benefits from Finland. 

Updated: 27/6/2022

If you change employment, check your tax card

If you change your place of work or your tasks, you should usually also update your tax card. When your income changes, you should also change the income ceiling of your tax card. You can update your tax card as often as necessary.

Read more about tax cards on the website of the Tax Administration.Opens in a new window.

Updated: 28/7/2022

Can I work for several employers at the same time?

Working for several different employers depends on your residence permit.

If you have a residence permit for an employed person, you only have the right to work in a certain field. You can work for several employers at the same time if all your employers operate in the same field. For example, if you originally found employment as a cleaner, you can work for two different cleaning companies.

If necessary, confirm with the Finnish Immigration Service what work you can do with your residence permit.

Read about the right to work in more detail on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.Opens in a new window.

Updated: 23/8/2023

If your business operations continue, you can apply for an extension permit

You need an extension permit if you continue your business activities in Finland longer than you originally expected. You must submit the application in Finland. The extended residence permit is also granted on a fixed-term basis. 

Apply for an extension permit for an entrepreneur in the Enter Finland service.Opens in a new window.

Remember to submit your application before your previous residence permit expires. If you do not submit the application for the extension permit on time, you can no longer continue your business operations with the old permit. 

Updated: 19/2/2024

You can change from an entrepreneur to a wage earner

 If you want to work full-time as a wage earner, do the following: 

1. Submit a termination notification to close down your business operations. If you do not submit the termination notification, you must still file tax returns and you are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

2. Get a tax card for wage payments. All taxes and social security contributions are withheld directly from your wages and you do not need to pay them yourself.

3. You must terminate your membership in the entrepreneurs’ unemployment fund. You can join a wage earners’ unemployment fund. If you join a wage earners’ unemployment fund within a month of leaving the entrepreneurs’ fund, your unemployment security will not be interrupted.

Updated: 1/7/2022

From an entrepreneur to a wage earner

If you want to work full-time as a wage earner, do the following:

1. If you are staying in Finland with an entrepreneur’s residence permit, you must apply for a new permit for an employee.

Select the right permit from the application guide of the Finnish Immigration ServiceOpens in a new window..

Apply for the extension permit in the Enter Finland serviceOpens in a new window..

2. Submit a termination notification to close down your business operations. If you do not submit the termination notification, you must still file tax returns and you are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

3. Get a tax card for wage payments. All taxes and social security contributions are withheld directly from your wages and you do not need to pay them yourself.

4. You must terminate your membership in the entrepreneurs’ unemployment fund. You can join a wage earners’ unemployment fund. If you join a wage earners’ unemployment fund within a month of leaving the entrepreneurs’ fund, your unemployment security will not be interrupted.

Updated: 1/7/2022

If you stay in Finland for a longer period of time, report your stay in Finland as a Nordic citizen

If your work continues and you stay in Finland for longer than six months, inform the Digital and Population Data Services Agency about it.

Visit a service location of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (the local register office) for your identification.

If you stay in Finland for at least a year, you may also get a municipality of residence in Finland.

Updated: 27/6/2022

Apply for a home municipality of residence if you stay in Finland for more than a year

You may get a municipality of residence in Finland if you intend to reside in Finland for at least a year. You must have a permanent home address in Finland. You can apply for the registration of a municipality of residence to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

Updated: 28/7/2022

What should I do if I am dismissed or I resign?

There is usually a period of notice

A fixed-term employment contract can only be terminated in the middle of the contract if this has been agreed in the employment contract.

The termination should be made or requested from the employer in writing.

If you have a non-compete agreement with your employer, remember to comply with it after your job is finished. As an employee, you will be compensated for the non-compete agreement.

Updated: 3/11/2023

If the work ends

The work ends

If your work ends, you can stay in Finland as long as your residence permit is valid. You must leave Finland when your right of residence expires. 

You can apply for new work in Finland as long as you have a right to reside in Finland. If you do not find a new job, you cannot apply for an extension of a work-based residence permit.

Lay-off

If you are laid off, your residence permit will remain valid for the duration of the lay-off. If you have been laid off, you may not be granted an extended permit.

Updated: 28/7/2022

If you become unemployed or you are laid off, register as an unemployed jobseeker with the TE Services

  • Register as a jobseeker at the latest on your first day of unemployment or lay-off.
  • If you already know the day, register before the employment relationship ends or the lay-off begins.
  • TE Services provide support for job-seeking and integration in Finland.
  • You will be eligible for an unemployment benefit only if you have registered as a jobseeker in the TE Services and you are looking for full-time employment.
  • The TE Office assesses whether you can receive unemployment benefit, but the unemployment benefit is paid by your unemployment fund or Kela.

Read detailed instructions for applying for unemployment benefits and seeking a job from Unemployment guide.Opens in a new window.

Updated: 27/6/2022

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If your business operations end and you become unemployed, you should register as a jobseeker in the TE Services

Register as a jobseeker no later than on your first day of employment. TE Services provide you with support for jobseeking and integration in Finland. Your unemployment benefits are paid by your unemployment fund or Kela, but the TE Office will determine whether you are eligible for unemployment benefits.

Read detailed instructions for jobseeking and applying for unemployment benefits from the Unemployment guide. Opens in a new window.

Updated: 2/8/2022

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Do I need to change my trade union or unemployment fund if my work changes?

It depends on the situation. If you change fields or advance in your career, it is usually a good idea to change your membership to the right union or cash register for your field or position. If you belong to your union on the basis of your degree or if you change jobs in the same field to a similar position, you do not need to change trade unions or your unemployment fund.

Updated: 27/6/2022

Can I change from wage earner to an entrepreneur?

If you are staying in Finland on the basis of work you may engage in business activities in Finland alongside your work. If you quit your work to become a full-time entrepreneur you have to apply for entrepreneur’s residence permit. This is necessary because your residence permit does not correspond to your new situation. You may continue with your business activities without limitations while your application for a residence permit for an entrepreneur is being processed.

Read instructions for applying for Residence permit for an entrepreneur (Finnish Immigration Service)Opens in a new window.

When your Residence permit expires, expires also your right to engage in business activities if you do not apply for an extended permit. Therefore apply for an extended permit before your previous residence permit expires.

Apply for an extended residence permit for an entrepreneur in the Enter Finland serviceOpens in a new window..

Read more about Launching business operations.

Updated: 9/8/2023

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