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.