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Registering as a job seeker

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

You can register as a job seeker in advance before your unemployment or lay-off begins, but do so no later than on your first day of unemployment, because you can only receive unemployment security from the registration date.

You can register as a job seeker in the E-services. If you do not have online banking codes, a mobile certificate or a smart ID card, or you are not a citizen of an EU or EEA member state, you can register in the TE Office's telephone service or by visiting a TE Office or a local government pilot office in person.

If you wish to stop job seeking or notify the TE Office of any changes, do so via the online services.

Do the following

The method of registering as a job seeker depends on your nationality.

Registration instructions for Finnish citizens

Registering as a job seeker involves several stages. Go through all the stages carefully to keep your job search valid. Based on your registration, the TE Office or the local government pilot will issue a labour policy statement on your right to unemployment security. If your job search is interrupted, your entitlement to unemployment security ends.

You can register as unemployed in the E services. If you do not have online banking codes, a mobile certificate or a smart ID card, you can register as a job seeker using an online form, the telephone service or at the TE Office's premises.

Registration instructions for citizens of EU and EEA countries and Switzerland

Registering as a job seeker involves several stages. Go through all the stages to keep your job search valid. Based on your registration, the TE Office or the local government pilot will issue a labour policy statement on your right to unemployment security. If your job search is interrupted, your entitlement to unemployment security ends.

You can register as unemployed in the E services. If you do not have online banking codes, a mobile certificate or a smart ID card, you can register as a job seeker using an online form, the telephone service, or at the TE Office's premise.

Registration instructions for a citizen of another country

Registering as a job seeker involves several stages. Go through all the stages carefully to keep your job search valid. Based on your registration, the TE Office or the local government pilot will issue a labour policy statement on your right to unemployment security. If your job search is interrupted, your entitlement to unemployment security ends.

You can register as a job seeker using an online form, the telephone service or at the TE Office's premises.

Citizen of Ukraine

Those who have fled the war in Ukraine can work in Finland without restriction after obtaining a residence permit on the basis of temporary protection.

The job search starts by registering as a job seeker with the TE Office. When you register as a job seeker, you will be asked about your work experience, education, and skills. Gather the information from your certificates. For a benefit statement, you must accurately record information about the work you do. When you register, you will also be asked to rate what services you need and what plans you have for getting a job.

To whom and on what terms

Registering as a job seeker online requires strong identification. If you do not have online banking codes, a mobile ID or an ID card with a microchip, start job seeking by calling a service number or by visiting a TE Office.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byTE Office
Other responsible organisationsSatakunta TE Office, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Pohjois-Savo TE Office, Pohjanmaa TE Office, Kaakkois-Suomi TE Office, Pohjois-Karjala TE Office, Häme TE Office, Uusimaa TE Office, Lapland TE Office, Pirkanmaa TE Office, Varsinais-Suomi TE Office, Kainuu TE Office, Etelä-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Etelä-Savo TE Office, Keski-Suomi TE Office
Responsible for the serviceTE Office
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: TE Office
Updated: 18/5/2022