The Finnish Immigration Service provides all the advice you need. You should first contact the reception centre where you are registered.
The Finnish Immigration Service organises the health and social services you need. You can also read more about the topic on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health via the link below.
As of 1 March 2023, people receiving temporary protection in Finland are entitled to the city’s employment services on the basis of where they live. If you have a residence permit on the basis of temporary protection and you live in Helsinki, you can become a client of Helsinki Employment Services and use our services at no cost. We can help you find a job, apply for study and training programmes, and sign up for Finnish and Swedish classes. If necessary, we can book an interpreter to help explain things in your own language.
We help you to:
- find a job
- update your CV and job application
- consider different education and training options
- apply for Finnish recognition of qualifications earned abroad
- draw up an integration or employment plan
- enrol in Finnish or Swedish language classes, if desired
- benefit from a wide range of advisory and coaching services
- stay informed about various recruitment events, and
- integrate into Finland.
How can I register as a client?
- Stop by our service point in the Helsinki district of Itäkeskus, located at street address Asiakkaankatu 3A, on the 4th floor.
- The advisory service is open Mon–Fri 9.00–16.00.
- It is not necessary to make an appointment.
- Please let us know if you wish to use the services of an interpreter.
- You can also send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org(Link opens default mail program)
After registration, an employment services specialist will contact you to arrange an appointment. At the appointment, you will review your situation and goals, and map out the services you may need together with the specialist. You will also jointly prepare a personal employment or integration plan.
Over the next few weeks, Helsinki Employment Services will be in touch with you via meetings, phone calls and email. If you wish, you can meet with your appointed specialist in person. During this time, you can use any of our advisory services without an appointment.
As a Helsinki Employment Services client, you will be required to:
- Carry out your personal employment or integration plan as agreed
- Actively seek employment or apply for a study or training programme
- Inform your specialist of any changes to your contact details.
If your goal is to find a job, we will help you draw up a personal employment plan. The plan describes your job seeking situation and will help you secure employment. You will create the plan together with your appointed specialist. Examples of questions addressed in the plan may include:
- What kind of work you are looking for?
- How many jobs must you apply for per month? The number will be specified in your job search obligation.
- What kind of skills do you have? This includes for example work experience, studies, training and qualifications.
- Which services do you need to support your employment?
We will help you carry out the plan. The plan is valid for three months at a time.
If you wish to stay in Finland permanently, we will help you draw up a personal integration plan. The plan specifies the services you will need for integration and finding employment. These may include:
- Finnish or Swedish language classes
- integration training
- vocational education, and/or
- job search coaching.
Integration training generally lasts about a year but may last up to three years maximum. It is intended for migrants who have moved to Finland recently. In the integration training, you will study the Finnish language and attend classes on Finnish society and working life.
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