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lezy
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Tourist Visa to Work Permit?

Post by lezy » Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:27 pm

Hello,

Please, someone kindly advise me:

1. Can I change from visiting visa to work permit in Finland?
2. As an IT specialist with over 12 years working experience, can I get a job without finish language?
3. What are the best sites to search for IT jobs in Finland?

Thanks.



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FinnGuyHelsinki
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Re: Tourist Visa to Work Permit?

Post by FinnGuyHelsinki » Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:25 am

lezy wrote:
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:27 pm
1. Can I change from visiting visa to work permit in Finland?
One may apply for a residence permit while in the country on a visa, and it's possible to wait for the decision even after the visa has expired, but there's no concept of or a process for "changing" from a visa to a residence permit, nor does having a visa count towards getting a residence permit.

See https://migri.fi/en/working-in-finland
lezy wrote:
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:27 pm
2. As an IT specialist with over 12 years working experience, can I get a job without finish language?
Yes, it's possible, but the number of potential jobs is smaller if not speaking the language.
lezy wrote:
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:27 pm
3. What are the best sites to search for IT jobs in Finland?
LinkedIn and companies' own websites.

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Re: Tourist Visa to Work Permit?

Post by browndude » Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:34 am

#1 Technically it is possible to apply for a work permit while on a tourist visa.

#2 Short answer, yes it is possible to get an IT job without Finnish if you know English. IT is one of the few fields in which this is the case. Longer answer, it will depend on what kind of technologies you have 12 years of experience in and yes, some jobs will require Finnish skills as well so you will not qualify for those.

#3 Use google and Linkedin for starters and search for e.g. if you are a Full Stack Developer you can search e.g. "Avoimet työpaikat + Full Stack Developer" or "Finland + Full Stack Developer + Jobs" etc.. you get the picture.
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Re: Tourist Visa to Work Permit?

Post by lezy » Mon Sep 20, 2021 7:33 pm

Thank you for the reply to my questions. Very helpful.


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