Work Visa Finland
Finland has great work opportunities. However, in order to freely work there, third-country nationals need a Finland work visa.
The work visa is slightly different from other visas since it’s a long-term permit and it allows the holder to stay for a longer period of time than the regular 90 days limit.
Eligibility Requirements for a Finland Work Visa
In order to qualify for a work visa in Finland you need to meet some specific criteria:
For a specialist visa:
- You must have a valid work contract in Finland.
- You must have a university degree (except for seasonal work).
- You must work professionally in your field.
- You must be clear of any criminal charges.
- You must not be a danger to Finland.
- You must uphold all Finnish laws.
- You must not be subjected to any travel bans in the Schengen Area.
You must qualify as a highly-skilled worker.
For welfare and healthcare:
You must be authorized to practice your profession.
For an entrepreneur visa:
You are self-employed in the form of:
For a start-up visa:
- a private entrepreneur.
- a partner in a general partnership.
- a general partner in a limited partnership.
- a member of a cooperative who has unlimited liability for refinancing.
- an entrepreneur in a limited liability company.
You must have a start-up plan and financial support.
For specialist visa and EU Blue Card:
For a researcher visa:
- You must have a salary higher than average.
- You must have high competence in completing the required work
You must hold a valid certificate proving your researcher status.
For scientific research:
You must have an invitation to work on a scientific project.
For religious work:
Your employer must be a registered association.
For au pair work:
You must be between the ages of 17-30.
Before you apply for your work visa you must find a job in Finland. It’s obligatory to present a valid work contract with the rest of the application. Without work, you won’t be receiving a positive answer regarding your visa.
A work visa issued by Finnish authorities lasts about a year. However, the duration will vary depending on your type of visa.
If you have a B permit, otherwise known as a temporary permit, it will be valid only for a year. If you have an A permit, also known as a continuous permit, it will be valid for as long as you have work in Finland.