3.1 When UK citizens become third-country nationals will they need permission to work?
Generally yes. They would need a residence permit to work in Finland. However, UK citizens who are living in Finland and who have registered their right of residence as EU citizens before the final withdrawal date may continue to stay, live, work and study in the country and receive social security benefits until the end of 2020 without the need to obtain additional permission to work in Finland.
Nevertheless, third-country nationals with a right to stay in Finland (generally a visa) may have a right to work in Finland without a residence permit if they are employed as, for example, an interpreter, a teacher, a specialist or a sports judge or referee, or a professional artist, coach, athlete, or a member of an assistance or support team for such a person (please note that this is not an exhaustive list). In addition, they must have been have been invited to work in Finland or have signed a contract to work in Finland and will work for a maximum of 90 days.
3.2 If permission to work is needed do any quotas apply for employing third-country nationals?
3.3 If permission to work is needed, as of when will it be needed?
- UK citizens who have not registered and wish to continue their stay/work in Finland must apply for a residence permit for a third-country national from withdrawal date in the event of no deal;
- from 1 January 2021 (for new arrivals) if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified.
3.4 If permission to work is needed, what are the most common categories?
Please find below the list of application categories for a residence permit:
- Residence permit for an employed person
- Startup entrepreneur
- EU Blue Card
- Degree completed in Finland
- Internship through an exchange programme
- Seasonal work
- Employee of a religious community or a nonprofit association
- Working holiday
- Internal transfer within a company (ICT)
- Intra-corporate transfer (Mobile ICT)
- Work in the field of science, culture or arts
- Work in the field of mass media
- International organisations and cooperation between states
- Preparation of a company’s arrival in Finland and supervision of orders
- Delivery of a machine or a system
- Athlete, coach or trainer
- Top and middle management
- Visiting consultant or instructor
- Au pair.
3.5 If permission to work or stay is needed, how long does the procedure take?
As a general rule, the total processing time should be up to four months. In practice, processing times may be materially longer. We would expect delays in the processing times in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
3.6 If permission to work and stay is needed, what Government fees would be due for such a permission?
Currently, there are two types of fees for a general resident permit for an employed person:
- Electronic application fee:
- First permit EUR 400 / extended permit EUR 190; and
- Paper application fee:
- First permit EUR 600 / extended permit EUR 190