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FINLAND - Labour Market Test No Longer Required for Career Changers

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

The Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) reviews applications for residence permits for employment from a labour 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 labour 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.

Action items

  • Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2019 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.