in Sept this year, my girlfriend and I plan to go to Finland for approx 4 months.
She will be studying there at Oulu Uni.
I am hoping to accompany her, and hopefully find some work.
Does anyone have any information for Visa requirements for Australians in Finland? We are both in Europe already.
I assume she needs a student visa of some sort, and I will need a work permit.
Do we need to apply for these in advance? And is it possible to get a work permit before having a secured job? Are jobs difficult to come by for foreigners?
Thanks for all your help.
Cheers - CS
Mmh... To begin with, I'll say "good luck"...
So you're looking for a temporary job that would last about 4 months? To be honest, I've heard so much about Finns not finding a job themselves and every time I speak to a foreigner in Finland, they seem desperate for jobs as they can't find any that I dont have much hope myself (I'll study in Helsinki next year and want to find a job for the weekends but I guess it's going to take me a while...). Do you have skills? But not many? That seems to be what employers are looking for from what I heard (they dont take highly skilled employees because the salary would have to be high but they generally want you to have experience in the industry you're going to work in). I read a lot about how to make CVs and other things specifically for Finnish employers and it seems that they like honesty, dislike boasting (in other words, be ready to measure up to anything you write or tell them) and they like facts (one of the things that kept coming up was "dont write I am ambitious and can work hard" but instead say "I was working 45 hours a week during a busy period" and things like this that prove something). Also they like you to take the initiative and phone them and expect you to have read a minimum about their enterprise.
Also I heard it's particularly hard for foreigners to find jobs because they don't speak the language and there isn't much you can do in that case, you need to know a minimum even to work in Macdonald's or somewhere like that. If it's in the summer and you really need money, you can probably find the kind of jobs where you pick up berries and other things, there are quite a few in Finland so you can find out about that (I don't want to make you feel like you have no chance but I didn't actually read or hear anything positive about employment in Finland for foreigners).
About visa requirements, I just happened to meet an Australian who studied in Turku for six months and kept in touch with her so I can ask her and tell you in another message if you're interested in her own adventure?
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 18, 2008, at 8:13 AM by Ulvova ]
Australian passport holders can get Working Holiday Visas for Finland. Check out this website for all of the information: http://www.finland.org.au/public/default.aspx?nodeid=35622&contentlan=2&culture=en-US