Project for the development of immigrant legislation and permit procedures
The Programme of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government identifies an increase in work-based immigration and in the number of international degree students settling in Finland as one of its aims. According to the Government Programme, steps will be taken to accelerate the work-based residence permit process, to make it easier for students and researchers to enter into and stay in Finland, and to improve the status of seasonal workers with measures such as legislative amendments. In addition, attention will be paid to preventing the exploitation of foreign labour, and the labour market test will be adhered to.
These entries in the Government Programme fall within the remit of several different ministries. Therefore, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, and Ministry of Social Affairs and Health have established a joint project for the development of immigrant legislation and permit procedures to coordinate the implementation of the Government Programme with regard to immigration regulations and permit procedures. The project will be implemented as part of the Talent Boost programme.
A steering group and five sub-groups have been appointed for the project. The sub-groups are:
- Sub-group for streamlining legislation concerning the processing of residence permit applications
- Sub-group for reforming regulations on foreign students and researchers
- Sub-group for reforming regulations on foreign seasonal workers
- Sub-group for accelerating official procedures in the processing of residence permit applications
- Sub-group for preventing the exploitation of foreign labour
The steering group guides the work of the sub-groups and ensures consistency and interlinkages between the sub-groups’ proposals. It is the steering group’s responsibility to amalgamate the steering processes for permit procedures of the three different administrative branches, covering performance management, resources and other steering. The steering group reports to the Ministerial Working Group on Promoting Employment via its sub-group on work-based immigration and integration.