News regarding amendments to the Aliens Act as of 1 June 2019

News regarding amendments to the Aliens Act as of 1 June 2019

29.5.2019

On April 2019 the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment published a press release regarding amendments to the Aliens Act. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment: “Many sectors are experiencing a growing labour shortage. It is therefore necessary to – in addition to other measures – improve the labour mobility of foreign citizens already in the labour market.”

Under the new amendments, the process of determining the availability of labour will no longer apply to those persons who have worked in Finland for at least one year with an employment-based residence permit and are transferring into a completely new sector.  In addition to the aforesaid one-year prerequisite, a professional qualification for the new sector is required. The Employment and Economic Development Offices will continue to assess the employer’s operating environment pursuant to the Aliens Act. The amendments to the Aliens Act will be effective as of 1 June 2019.

Should you have any questions regarding the new amendments of the Aliens Act, please do not hesitate to contact Lex Gaudius attorneys at law. We have extensive experience and knowledge in helping our customers with questions regarding the Aliens Act and the employment of migrants.