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Employment services & registering as a jobseeker

Visit the TE Office’s service desk at International House Helsinki to register as a jobseeker. They can also provide you with general information and advice on employment services and explain how to use their online services.

Please note that if you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you must have a valid residence permit to register as a jobseeker.

 

How to visit the TE Office’s service desk at International House Helsinki?

1) You do not need to make an appointment to visit the TE Office’s service desk at International House Helsinki.

2) To make your visit at International House Helsinki faster and easier, you can fill a form to register as a job seeker online before your visit (available in Finnish, Swedish and English). The form does not require online banking codes or other methods of strong identification.

 

Important to NOTE when filling the form:

  • Because the form does not require online identification, you need to verify your identity separately. You can do that by visiting the TE Office service desk at IHH or another TE Office service points. Please bring your passport or other valid ID and residence permit with you.
  • We recommend filling the form only after your arrival in Finland and earliest 14 days before your planned visit to the International House Helsinki or other TE Office service points.
  • Please fill out the form carefully and note that looking for full time work is required for receiving unemployment benefit.
  • On the form, you need to choose a TE Office from the list, please choose ‘Uudenmaan TE-toimisto’.
  • Make sure that you receive an email confirmation after submitting the form!

If you do not have a chance to fill the form online or need help in filling it, it is also possible to fill a paper form on your visit to International House Helsinki. The staff at the TE Office service desk are happy to help you in the registration process.

After the registration as a jobseeker, you will get your own case worker in the TE Office or your home city employment services. They will contact you soon after the registration to arrange a meeting with you.

More information and other options for registering as a jobseeker

To visit the TE Office’s desk at International House Helsinki you do not need to make an appointment.

Contact 

You can also contact the TE Office by sending email to ihh@te-toimisto.fi (please do not include any sensitive or confidential information in your first email).

Open: Monday-Friday 9.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00

FAQ

If you are or become unemployed and live in Finland permanently, you can register as an unemployed jobseeker with the TE Office. Registering is not mandatory, but you cannot get unemployment benefits unless you register as a jobseeker. The registration and the services offered for registered jobseekers are free of charge.

Once registered, you will either be a client of the TE Office or be directed to your home city employment services. You will receive the same TE services in both places.

The TE Office or your home city employment services offer services that can help you find solutions for your situation and to find a new job. The TE Office can also support your studies and provide job coaching and integration training. You will get your own case worker, and together with them, you will draw up an employment or integration plan, which you must follow.

 

You will get your own case worker at the TE Office or your home city employment services. They will contact you within five working days after you register as a jobseeker and arrange an interview with you.

During the interview, you and your caseworker will develop a plan for your employment or integration. It will also be agreed upon how many jobs you must apply for each month.

The TE Office or your home city employment services will also issue a labour policy statement on your right to unemployment benefits. If they need more information from you to make the statement, they will send you a request for clarification.

Please note that unemployment benefits are not paid by the TE Office or your home city employment services. You need to apply for the unemployment benefit from Kela or your unemployment fund after you have registered as a jobseeker in the TE Office.

More information about unemployment benefits

No. It is possible to register as a jobseeker before you get a Finnish Personal Identity Code or home municipality if you have a valid residence permit with no restrictions concerning the employer (meaning that there is not a single employer named on your permit). Additionally, if you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you can register as a jobseeker without a Finnish Personal Identity Code or home municipality in Finland.

Please note, that the TE Office cannot issue a labour policy statement before you can provide them with your Finnish Personal Identity Code. Therefore, please inform the TE Office once you get a Personal Identity Code or a home municipality in Finland.

If your family member is a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you can register before getting a residence permit or a residence card. However, the TE Office will ask you to prove the family ties to an EU/EEA citizen in the registration process if needed. 

Please note, however that if your family member is a Finnish citizen, you need to apply and wait to get a residence card or a residence permit from the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) before you can register as a jobseeker. 

More information for family members of EU/EEA and Swiss citizens

The TE Office has gathered some advice, tips, and links when planning to move to Finland and looking for work Finland. 

The TE Office also organizes online events about job seeking in Finland, including recruitment events, and webinars about documents needed when looking for work in the Finnish job market. 

If you need information about upcoming events, you can contact the TE Office by email ihh@te-toimisto.fi.

Yes, we can. Many of the clients who visit the TE Office’s service desk at International House Helsinki are international partners whose partner has come to Finland for work. Registering as a jobseeker can help you access personal services from the TE Office.

If you or your partner have questions about registering as a jobseeker or the TE Office’s services, please contact the TE-Office by email ihh@te-toimisto.fi. or visit their service desk at IHH.

Yes, the Employer Services of the TE Office can support your organization throughout the international recruitment process. They can assist in starting your international candidate search, introduce the different funding measures available and provide information about the settling-in services available for your employee and their family members. Learn more about our IHH Services for Employers.