Labour market subsidy secures the means of support

21/07/2020

This year, the Finnish Immigration Service may grant an extended permit even if your income was temporarily lower than required. The lower income must be due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it may last for a maximum of six months.

In this way, Migri want to make sure that the exceptional situations due to the coronavirus, such as breaks in your employment relationship, do not affect your residence in Finland.

The exception to the requirement is not automatic for all applications for an extended permit submitted this year. The Finnish Immigration Service checks if your situation is due to the coronavirus. The decrease in income is considered to be temporary if it lasts for six months at maximum. The exception will be in force until 31 December 2020.

Most types of residence permits have an income requirement. The income requirement means that you must have sufficient funds to live in Finland throughout the whole period of validity of the residence permit. For example, the income requirement of an employee applies to the wages received from work.

Labour market subsidy secures the means of support

If you are applying for an extended permit based on work, and your income has decreased temporarily due to the coronavirus, your income requirement is exceptionally considered to be met at the gross amount of labour market subsidy, that is, EUR 724 per month.

Read further:  Customer bulletin 21.7.2020 by the Finnish Immigration Services

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