What is the change? The authorities have waived labor market testing requirements for residence permit holders who are currently employed and applying for new jobs under their residence permit.

What does the change mean? Foreign employees who have been lawfully employed in Finland for at least one year will no longer require labor market testing when changing jobs.

  • Effective date: June 1.  
  • Visas/permits affected: Residence permits for current employees.
  • Who is affected: Employees who are already employed in Finland and are changing jobs.
  • Impact on processing times: The change will save employees up to three weeks when changing occupations.

Analysis & Comments: The change is good news for current residence permit holders who are employed and wish to change occupations, and for employers, as they will be able to hire currently employed foreign nationals faster.

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