So, you have decided to work with us. Congratulations on an excellent choice – you are more than welcome to Central Finland!
Conducting your affairs in Finnish offices and bureaus is relatively easy. Waiting times are reasonable and the services easily accessible. Finnish public sector officials are dependable, responsible and there to help you with any problem.
The following checklist by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy is a useful one:
Look for information in advance
Being prepared in advance will make it easier for you to move and to adjust to a new country, working life and customs. You can browse through the Finnish websites to gather information about the Finnish working life, lifestyle and local customs.
Check your documents
Ensure in time that you have all the required documents (such as your passport, visa, and residence permit). Bring also your latest references and study certificates with you.
Once you have arrived in Finland, there are some offices you need to register at and a few documents you need to acquire.
Register at your local Register Office by filling in and signing the form “Registration Information of a Foreigner” Remember to bring your passport and other documents with you.
Registering at the employment office
If you are looking for a job, register at the local employment (TE) Office and make an appointment with an employment advisor. Bring your passport and documents related to job-seeking (references, diplomas) with you.
Once you have a registered municipality of residence and you have registered as an unemployed jobseeker, an integration plan or jobseeking plan will be prepared for you at the TE Office. This plan will include details on matters such as jobseeking, language studies and updating your vocational skills, if necessary.
Apply for an entitlement to social security based on residence at the local Social Insurance Institute office (Kansaneläkelaitos, KELA). If you receive a favourable decision, you will be sent a SII card (“KELA card”), holders of which are entitled to social security in Finland.
Apply for a tax card at the local tax office.
Wages and salaries are generally paid into a bank account. In order to open one, you need to produce official personal identification, for example your passport.
Is your driving license valid in Finland? Drivers with licenses from an EU/EEC country or a member country of the Geneva or Vienna Traffic Convention have the right to drive in Finland. Click here for a list of the countries.
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