Pro­fes­sio­nals who have at least a bachelor’s degree and years of wor­king expe­rience and pro­ven skills in the pro­fes­sion can be clas­si­fied being specia­lists in their area. In case pro­fes­sio­nal finds a work that cor­res­ponds his core skills and gets the emplo­y­ment cont­ract with the Fin­nish com­pa­ny for that work, he/she can apply for specialist’s resi­dence per­mit in Fin­land. The hand­ling time of resi­dence per­mit applica­tion is 2–3 months. The applica­tion can be pre­sen­ted to the Fin­nish Embas­sy in India or to the immi­gra­tion ser­vice points in Finland.

For example, if pro­fes­sio­nal has final, face to face inter­view in Fin­land, that results to a sig­ned emplo­y­ment cont­ract, pro­fes­sio­nal can apply for a specia­list resi­dence per­mit and start wor­king whi­le wai­ting for the applica­tion being proces­sed in case he/she has a valid visa. This period can be in a maxi­mum of 3 months. A first resi­dence per­mit can be even for 2 years and exten­sion can be even longer.

In case emplo­y­ment cont­ract has been ter­mi­na­ted, pro­fes­sio­nal will not be asked to lea­ve imme­dia­te­ly. He/she has time to search new emplo­y­ment at least until the actual specia­list resi­dence per­mit is valid. Fin­nish immi­gra­tion office may call for a mee­ting to discuss the situa­tion and actions that the pro­fes­sio­nal has taken to find a new job. When pro­fes­sio­nal finds a new emplo­y­ment in his/her specia­lized area, he can apply an exten­sion of the specia­list resi­dence per­mit based on this new job.

In case pro­fes­sio­nal is inte­res­ted in the EU blue card, it is impor­tant to notice that emplo­y­ment cont­ract requi­re­ments are dif­fe­rent com­pa­red to the specia­list-based resi­dence per­mit. Anyway, it is pos­sible to apply for EU blue card whi­le staying in Fin­land with the specia­list resi­dence per­mit, in case the requi­red con­di­tions for EU blue card are fulfilled.

We at TT-Search Oy are hel­ping true pro­fes­sio­nals to find such a work from Fin­land whe­re they can be clas­si­fied to be specia­lists based on their educa­tion and wor­king expe­rience. As well we will assist and sup­port Fin­nish com­pa­nies and immi­gra­ting pro­fes­sio­nals in all mat­ters rela­ted the reloca­tion, like to check that resi­dence per­mit applica­tion is comple­te and has all requi­red docu­ments and annexes.