April 2017

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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Expat Interview

Expat Insights – Prateek Agarwal

Prateek Agarwal sits down in a café after work. He is one of the thousands of foreign professionals who arrive in Finland for work and who make up the international and intercultural Finnish workforce. He’s been in Finland for a few months, having relocated here...

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Hiring a foreigner

Hiring a foreigner

Hiring a foreigner is a necessary but frightening step for a lot of companies. Many fields in Finland have already declared that they need more skilled talent in order for the field to truly grow. Programmers, modelers, construction foremen, doctors and more are needed in...

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Legalization

What the heck is an apostille?

There are a lot of important documents that rarely see use. High school diplomas, marriage certificates, children’s birth certificates and many others sometimes hang on walls and sometimes lay filed away in drawers, but when the time comes to move abroad they may have an...

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Disappointment

Expectation management – Managing the future

A lot of people moving to Finland may already have experiences from living in multiple countries. In such situations it is easy for HR to lull itself into a sense that because of the previous experiences a move to Finland will be problem free. This...

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Foreign students to work

Foreign students to work

Approximately 20.000 foreign degree students study in Finland, out of whom approximately 2.800 graduate annually. Out of this, only 45,5% become employed in Finland after one year of their graduation. A year is a short period to consider however, and findings from for example Denmark...

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milleniaali

Millenial mover

Companies are operating in a whole new environment. An increasing number of young people move abroad to work upon graduation, and an increasing number of foreign born talent is needed to fill this gap. A growing percentage of this talent is a new generation: millennials....

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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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makeita kokemuksia ulkomaalaisille

Sweet experiences for foreigners!

We have spent considerable time thinking about what we could do to improve the satisfaction of foreign employees and their families in Finland. One such way is to organize events to meet other people in the same situation and provide the opportunity to form social...

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Foreign employee’s spouse – Key to successful international employment

Success in the highly competitive global markets often requires international recruitment or –assignments. Failure in these is fairly common however. Both the financial and immaterial losses incurred by failed international assignments are significant. Cultural adjustment is an essential factor and previous studies have shown that...

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