Working in construction or shipbuilding in Finland – instructions for workers

Tax numbers are mandatory in the shipbuilding industry as of 1 July 2022

See instruction: How to enter your tax number into the tax number register in MyTax

When you arrive in Finland to do construction or installation work or to work at a shipyard, you must get registered at a tax office and get a tax number as soon as possible. If you do not have a tax number, you cannot work on the construction site. You must have an identification card with your name, picture and tax number.

If you are looking to hire construction or shipyard workers, see the instructions for employers.

Answer the questions on this page to see more detailed instructions. Select the option that best describes your circumstances.

 

Frequently asked questions

  • First, make an appointment for visiting the tax office, and get the identity code at the tax office. Appointments can be booked in MyTax or through the telephone service number +358 29 497 050. Without an appointment, the waiting times are longer.
  • Personal identity codes can be obtained at the following tax offices: Helsinki (Hämeentie), Ivalo, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kemi, Kittilä, Kokkola, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Maarianhamina, Oulu, Pori, Rovaniemi, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa.
  • No identity codes can be obtained at other local tax offices than those listed above.
  • It is required that you visit the Tax Administration’s office in person.
  • The processing time, on the condition that all your information and documents are made available to the Tax Administration, is normally from 1 to 3 business days.

It is within the Tax Administration’s jurisdiction to issue Finnish personal identity codes only for reasons relating to taxes and only if grounds exist, as defined by law, for the Tax Administration to enter the applicant’s personal data into the Population Information System.

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Foreign employees can get identity codes at a tax office

Tax offices that provide Finnish personal IDs

If you have a Finnish personal identity code and you are able to log in to MyTax, you can use MyTax to have your tax number entered into the Public Register of Tax Numbers. See guide on how to add the number to the register yourself

  • First, make an appointment for visiting the tax office, and get the identity code at the tax office. Appointments can be booked in MyTax or through the telephone service number +358 29 497 050. Without an appointment, the waiting times are longer.
  • Personal identity codes can be obtained at the following tax offices: Helsinki (Hämeentie), Ivalo, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kemi, Kittilä, Kokkola, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Maarianhamina, Oulu, Pori, Rovaniemi, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa.
  •  No identity codes can be obtained at other local tax offices than those listed above.
  • It is required that you visit the Tax Administration’s office in person.
  • The processing time, on the condition that all your information and documents are made available to the Tax Administration, is normally from 1 to 3 business days.
  • If you are a citizen of a country that is not part of the EU or the EEA, or if you have no citizenship, the Tax Administration will perform a check to make sure that you have a residence permit that also gives you the right to work in Finland. The decision letter you have received about your residence permit indicates whether you have the right to work. The right to work also shows on your residence permit card.  
  • The Immigration Service (Migri) issues the permits.

It is within the Tax Administration’s jurisdiction to issue Finnish personal identity codes only for reasons relating to taxes and only if grounds exist, as defined by law, for the Tax Administration to enter the applicant’s personal data into the Population Information System.

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As of 1 February 2022, the Tax Administration checks whether workers arriving to Finland from outside the EU or the EEA have the right to work

Foreign employees can get identity codes at a tax office

Tax offices that provide Finnish personal IDs

 

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