Is Finland welcoming enough to foreign workers?

Finland needs roughly 10,000 skilled workers in the tech industry right now, but with residence permit processing times at the Finnish Immigration Service Migri reaching up to six months, that gap will hardly close, according to Rasmus Roiha, Managing Director of Finnish Software and e-Business Association. He said that the waiting time for getting a permit may blindside some firms. Roiha said that by contrast, the processing time in neighbouring Estonia is just five days. While he said that Migri does a thorough and commendable job vetting residence permit applications for people relocating to Finland for humanitarian reasons, authorities could consider a separate track for specialists coming to Finland for professional reasons.

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