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Services provided by the Employment and Economic Development Office

The Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Office (TE-toimisto)) help you find a job. There are TE Offices all over Finland.

In larger towns, at least, the advisers of the Employment and Economic Development Offices can offer service in Finnish, Swedish and English. When necessary, the services of an interpreter are also available. Read more on the Infopankki web page Do you need an interpreter?

Who is entitled to the TE Office’s services?

Some of the TE Office’s services are available to all immigrants.

Services available to everyone include, among others, the services of the Job Search Centre, electronic job-hunting and CV-netti.

An immigrant residing in Finland can be registered as a job seeker at an Employment and Economic Development office (TE office) if:

  • he or she has a residence permit, which allows them to work in Finland,
  • the residence permit does not include any limitations regarding employers,
  • he or she is a citizen of an EU member state, EEA member state or Switzerland,
  • he or she is a family member of a citizen of an EU member state, EEA member state or Switzerland.

Only a person who has registered as a job seeker is entitled to unemployment benefit and personal employment services at the TE Office.

Persons with a fixed-term temporary residence permit are not entitled to unemployment benefit, even if the person is registered as a job seeker.

linkkiTe-info.fi:
Videos and brochures for immigrantsFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Somali | Spanish | Turkish | Chinese | Arabic | Kurdish | Thai | Vietnamese

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Permit typesFinnish | Swedish | English

Initial assessment and integration plan

When you register as a job seeker, an employee of the Employment and Economic Development Office will complete an initial assessment (alkukartoitus) with you and prepare an employment plan (työllistymissuunnitelma) or an integration plan (kotoutumissuunnitelma).

The purpose of the initial assessment is to assess your capabilities of integrating into Finnish society and to determine the service you need to support your integration. The initial assessment collects information on your education, work experience and language skills, for example.

If you require support for integration, an integration plan will be prepared for you after the initial assessment. An integration plan is a plan detailing measures that will aid your integration. The integration plan can include Finnish language studies, other education or practical training, for example.

You can apply for labour market subsidy (työmarkkinatuki) from Kela. The subsidy is payable for the period during which you participate in the activities agreed in your integration plan. Further information on the labour market subsidy is available from Kela and the Infopankki page Unemployment benefit.

The integration plan must be made no later than three years after you receive your first residence permit or register your right to reside in the country.

Read more on the Infopankki web page Services that facilitate integration.

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Integration services for immigrantsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Form for Personal Integration PlanFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinlex:
Act on the Integration of Immigrants and Reception of Asylum SeekersFinnish | Swedish

linkkiKela:
Kela's integration supportFinnish | Swedish | English

Job hunting independently at the TE Office

You can also seek work independently at the TE Office. At the offices, you can use the Internet for job hunting or seeking training and write documents related to job hunting.

Help from the staff

The staff of the TE Office will help you to use the computers and the web pages related to job hunting and advise you on how to write a good job application. Whenever possible, the employees of the TE Office will also give advice to those immigrants who are not registered as unemployed job seekers.

linkkiCV-netti:
Introduce yourself to employers onlineFinnish | Swedish

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Career choice and planningFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiMinistry of Employment and the Economy:
Working in Finland guide(pdf, 5,51 MB)Finnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Polish

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Coming to work in FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English