Effective June 1, 2019, a foreign national who is already employed in Finland, and who wishes to change occupation, will no longer require a labor market test.

The Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) reviews applications for residence permits for employment from a labor market point of view, to identify any local candidates for the position. If none are found, the Finnish Immigration Service then processes the residence permit application and issues a final decision.

For applicants qualifying as Foreign Special Experts (must have salary above a certain level and advanced educational and experience-based qualifications), the need to test the local labor market is waived.

Now this requirement is also waived for foreign nationals who have worked in Finland with a residence permit for employment for at least one year and who wish to change careers.

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact an immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.