The Finnish Immigration Service has introduced a new function in the service system for seasonal workers. This new function is intended to "make it easier" for them to change employers while they are in Finland. Of course, they will have to pay a fee of 65 or 165 euros, depending on the case, to carry out the procedure.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the relevant amendment to the Decree on Chargeable Services of the Finnish Immigration Service is based on an amendment to the Seasonal Workers Act. Both the amendment to the Seasonal Workers Act and the amendment to the Decree entered into force on 17 June 2021.
The processing fees for all applications submitted to the Finnish Immigration Service are determined annually by Decree of the Ministry of the Interior on Chargeable Services of the Finnish Immigration Service.
The Decree issued for this year will be amended by adding a new function to the service system which allows an employee to file an application for adding a new employer to his or her current seasonal work permit and for the related Finnish Immigration Service’s certificate of extending his or her right to work.
65 or 165 euros
A fee of 65 euros will be charged for adding a new employer and for issuing the certificate, when the application is submitted electronically.
If the application is filed in paper form, the fee will be 165 euros, the Ministry of the Interior says.
On application, the Finnish Immigration Service may add a new employer to a valid seasonal work permit if the employer agrees to the terms of employment and accommodation laid down in the Seasonal Workers Act.