Answer: When you have moved to Finland or are planning to do so, see the following “checklist” for practical information. Please note that all of the items on the list may not concern you when you are moving to Finland to work.
Registration of right of residence (EU citizens)
If you are a citizen of an EU member state and plan to stay in Finland for more than three months, you need to register your right of residence with the Finnish Immigration Service. You must register within three months of moving to Finland. The registration must be completed by using the online service or by visiting a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.
If you are non-EU citizen coming to work in Finland, you must apply for a residence permit and possibly a work permit. You can submit your application to one of Finland’s missions (embassy or consulate) abroad or to a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service in Finland. For further information, visit the website of the Finnish Immigration Service at www.migri.fi.
Local Register Office
Once you have moved to Finland, you need to register at your Local Register Office to inform them that you have moved to Finland. They will give you a Finnish personal identification number that you will often need when contacting different government offices. Your Local Register Office will also decide if your municipality of residence will be in Finland from now on. If you have a municipality of residence in Finland, in most cases you have the right to use municipal services (including public health care). For more information, visit the website of the Local Register Offices at www.maistraatti.fi.
Finnish Tax Administration
You will receive a tax card that you need to give to your employer at the beginning of your employment. For more information about obtaining a tax card and the social security contributions deducted from your wages, visit the website of the Finnish Tax Administration at www.vero.fi.
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela)
You can apply for coverage under the Finnish social security system and request a personal health insurance card (Kela card) from the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela). Your right to social security benefits granted by Kela are mainly determined based on the duration of your residence in Finland. You can be insured for the duration of your employment contract or permanently. It all depends on whether you are moving to Finland to live and work here permanently or if your employment is temporary. For more information on your social security in Finland, go to www.kela.fi.
In To Finland service point in Helsinki
In To Finland is a diverse service point in Helsinki aimed at people who are moving to Finland and do not speak Finnish or Swedish. The service point is operated jointly by Kela and the Finnish Tax Administration. It is aimed at foreign employees who are coming to work and live in Finland as well as their family members. If you are staying in Finland temporarily, you can also obtain a Finnish personal identification number and tax number at the In To Finland service point (or turn to a Local Register Office for the personal identification number). This service point provides information and guidance on EU citizens’ residence permits, residence permit cards and the registration of place of residence. For further information, go to www.kela.fi/into.
Infopankki – Finland in your language
Infopankki is a multilingual website containing important information for those planning to move to Finland. It also offers plenty of practical information for immigrants already living in Finland. For further information, go to www.infopankki.fi.