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Residence permit is not a visa or vice versa

Residence permit, as the name suggests, refers to the right to reside in Finland. Depending on what grounds it has been granted, it can also bestow the right to work here. A visa is a document allowing entry to Finland, intended primarily for short term...

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Maahanmuuttovirasto

Consolidation of foreigners’ permit affairs in Finland

At the start of 2017 almost all matters related to the handling of permits of foreign nationals were consolidated to the Finnish Immigration Service. This means that since the beginning of this year all residence permit and EU-registration matters are handled in the service points...

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ulkomaalainen työntekijä

The First Foreign Employee

The hiring of the first foreign employee into any organization is often a cause for some confusion. This is perfectly understandable, for the company will find itself in a situation that the majority of its staff has never necessarily faced before. There’s no cause for...

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Work permit or residence permit?

Work permit as a concept is used in many countries, but in Finland the right to work for people coming from outside the EU is based on the residence permit. EU citizens have the right to work in Finland without a separate permit application. Work...

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