The impacts of Brexit on business and industry

Instructions for registering as a jobseeker and using services at the TE Office change for British citizens on 1 January 2021

The Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and the EU entered into force on 1 February 2020. This started a transition period that was valid until the end of 2020. During the transition period, all British citizens and their family members who either lived in Finland or had moved to Finland by 31 December 2020 and who registered their residence were allowed to stay in Finland under the same rules as during the EU membership. If British citizens wish to continue their stay in Finland, they must change the EU registration to a residence permit according to the withdrawal agreement. You can apply for a residence permit or a permanent residence permit under the Withdrawal Agreement from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021.

As of 1 January 2021, British citizens will be considered third-country nationals unless they are subject to the Withdrawal Agreement. From 1 January 2021, the TE Office will check whether a British citizen is covered in the scope of the Withdrawal Agreement or whether they have any other legal grounds to stay in Finland in order to determine if the requirements to register as a jobseeker are met.

This applies to both existing and new customers. If the customer does not have a legal basis to stay and work in Finland, their job search must be ended retrospectively on the date when their right of residence has ended. Their job search is also ended if the person receives a legally valid negative decision on their residence permit application under the Withdrawal Agreement.

As of 1 January 2021, the jobseeker must be prepared to present a certificate to the TE Office stating that they have applied for or received one of the following:

  • An EU registration certificate,
  • permanent residence permit of an EU citizen/family member; or
  • residence permit under the Withdrawal Agreement (including permanent residence permit)

Starting on 1 January 2021, the TE Office will check that all British citizens using the services have a certificate of the right to apply for a job and, if necessary, end their job search retrospectively.

More about this topic

Information and links to further information on the impacts of Brexit in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment:

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is monitoring the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Here you can find information about Brexit's impact on citizens and businesses in Finnish:

Information on i.e. the negotiation process and the withdrawal agreement:

Read about Brexit's impact on social security benefits available from Kela:

On the registration of an EU citizen's residence permit: