March 29, 2009

Effective mid-May, immigration authorities will be using a new electronic processing system. This will decrease processing times for all application types; however, to accommodate for delays during this transfer period, it is imperative for you, as an employee, to make advanced arrangements if you plan to work in Finland in the spring.

Another reason to apply as soon as possible is the peak time for processing employment-based applications is from May to June. It is during the summer months that most of the applications submitted are for horticultural and agricultural divisions. These applications will be processed in an urgent manner (over all others) prior to the harvesting season and the Finnish Immigration Service expects no reduction in the number of employees working in the summer.

Currently, the average processing time for an employee’s residence permit applications is about 50 days. Potentially, this number could increase in the summer months.

Expediting the Process

To expedite the application process, ensure that all information is accurate and all appendices are attached.

Employees From Outside the EU and EEA Countries

Please note that residents of EU countries: Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland may work in Finland without holding a residence permit. If you plan to stay in Finland longer than three months, it is necessary to register your stay with the police department.

For further details, please contact your PLG Immigration Consultant.