Number of work permit applications growing
Finland's Ministry of the Interior says that work-based immigration
applications have increased in popularity since 2017. The majority of
applications for a
residence permit for an employed person concerned manual labour (53% of
applicants). The second highest number applied for a residence permit
based on specialist tasks (14%).
The residence permit process must be as
smooth as possible so that it would not be an obstacle to attracting
specialists to Finland. The Government aims to develop the processing of
work-based residence permits so that the average processing time would
be about one month.
Immigration supports Finland's population growth, as the birth rate is record low in Finland, it is stated in a report submitted by the Ministry of the Interior to the OECD. Certain fields are suffering from a labour shortage, and the ageing of the population can aggravate the situation in the future. The situation can be alleviated by labour migration.