Salary threshold increases for residence permits

  • Finland
  • 01/09/2019
  • Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

What is the immigration news? Finland has announced minimum salary threshold increases for EU Blue Cards and work-based residence permits. Effective Jan. 7, the minimum gross monthly salary for EU Blue Card applications is €4,732. The minimum gross monthly salary for new and renewal employment-based residence permit applications is now €1,211 unless a collective agreement exists, in which case the salary should correspond with the collective agreement.

• Effective date: Jan. 7.
• Visas/permits affected: Employment-based residence permits and EU Blue Card residence permits.
• Who is affected: Finnish employers and employees applying for new residence permits and EU Blue Cards.

Background: Most foreign nationals intending to stay in Finland for more than three months require a residence permit.

Work-based residence permits are issued to nonspecialists earning less than €3,000 per month while residence permits for special experts are issued to foreign specialists earning more than €3,000 per month. In some cases, applicants may be eligible to apply for a visiting consultant permit, intra-company transfer or EU Blue Card.

Finland’s immigration authorities announce salary threshold changes for the EU Blue Card and other work-based residence permits at the beginning of each year. While the salary threshold for special expert residence permits will remain the same, €4732 per month, authorities have confirmed that per diems and benefits can no longer be counted to meet the salary requirement.

BAL Analysis: Employers should be sure to account for the new salary level requirements when planning their budgets.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Finland. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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