Work Permit Services

Welcome to the nationwide site of the TE Offices' work permit services. Information about processing employees’ residence permit applications at TE Offices and about the employment of foreigners in Finland.  

The right to work for foreigners in Finland is determined by nationality. An employee who is a citizen of a non-EU country, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland usually needs either an employee's residence permit or another residence permit entitling gainful employment. Some of the tasks specifically mentioned in the Aliens Act can be performed for a limited period of time with or without visa.

The employee's residence permit is issued in two stages. The TE Office makes a partial decision on the employer's residence permit application and the Finnish Immigration Service makes the final decision. The TE Office's partial decision is based on consideration, which includes the availability of labour, the terms of employment relationship and the assessment of the employer’s and the employee's qualifications. The employee's income through gainful employment must also be determined.

Employees’ residence permits are processed centrally in the TE Offices of Southeast Finland, Pirkanmaa, Northern Ostrobothnia and Uusimaa.
In Åland, the applications are handled by Ålands arbetsmarknads- and studieservicemyndighet (The Labour Market and Student Service Office of Åland).