Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to carry out seasonal work in Finland? You can find information below on the conditions, procedures and rights you can enjoy during your stay.
If you are coming to Finland to do seasonal work you must apply for the appropriate permit.
Seasonal work refers to work in agriculture and tourism that is done at certain times of the year. The maximum length of seasonal work is nine months.
The branches of agriculture where seasonal work can be done: crop and animal production and related service activities, excluding hunting and related service activities, and forest cultivation and other forestry activities.
The branches of tourism where seasonal work can be done: accommodation and food service activities, ski resorts, tour operator activities, other reservation service and related activities, such as tour guide services, activities of amusement parks and theme parks, support activities to performing arts, coastal passenger water transport and inland passenger water transport.
To be counted as seasonal work, the work must be based on a direct employment contract between the seasonal worker and the employer that is in Finland.
|Where and how to apply|
(including information on fees)
Processing fee (EUR) for application for residence permit:
– for 3–6 months (no labour market testing) online 350, paper application 550
– for 6–9 months (requires a partial decision) online 400, paper application 600
Request for certificate:
Application for residence permit:
If your work lasts for more than six months, ask your employer for the following documents and attach them to your application. The documents may not be more than three months old:
|Duration of validity of permit|
The initial permitted period of residence under this Scheme is 1 year (12 months) and the maximum is 2 years (24 months). You may, for example, spend 24 consecutive months in the State or break the period into two separate lots of 12 months each, separated by time. If you are currently in the State on this permission, transitional arrangements will apply. Please see the policy documentSearch for available translations of the preceding link for further details.
The work you do as a volunteer must be a structured activity that is undertaken in an approved sector, including (but not limited to):
You must be invited to Ireland by an eligible organisation. An eligible organisation may be either:
|Duration of validity of permits|
|Conditions for renewal|
If you have a valid certificate for seasonal work and the employment ends, you can apply for a new certificate for seasonal work for a new employer.
A new certificate must be applied for before the previous certificate expires. The granting of a new certificate for seasonal work requires, however, that you still have visa-free residence time left.
If you have been working with a certificate for seasonal work and your visa-free residence time has already expired, you can apply for a residence permit for seasonal work in Finland for a new employer.
If you have a valid residence permit for seasonal work, you can apply for extension up to the maximum length of seasonal work (nine months).
It is possible to appeal negative decisions made by the Finnish Immigration Service before an Administrative Court 30 days following the notification. The appeal procedures are indicated in the decision.
|Change of employment|
You are only permitted to work for the employer for whose your seasonal work certificate or residence permit was granted to you.
|Change of status|
If the grounds for your residence change and you meet the necessary conditions, you should apply for a new residence permit (for example employment or family ties).
The family members of seasonal workers cannot get residence permits in Finland on the basis of family ties.
You cannot be granted a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident EC residence permit, as seasonal work is always temporary and time-limited.
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