You may also submit a freeform application indicating in which profession you are applying for the right to practise. Also include your name and your contact details for managing the matter.
If you wish to apply for the right to practise in more than one profession, you must submit a separate application for each of them.
1) Document certifying your identity and nationality. 2) Degree certificate. 3) Certificate, no more than three months old, verifying that your right to practise the profession in question has not been restricted or revoked, such as a Certificate of Current Professional Status. If you have been granted the right to practise your profession in several countries, you must submit this certificate for each country. 4) Certificate issued by a competent authority stating how your professional qualifications fulfil the requirements of Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications. 5) Translations into Finnish, Swedish or English of all the aforementioned documents. The translations must have been made by an authorised translator in Finland or in another EU or EEA Member State.
a) Copy of a language proficiency certificate issued in Finland (either the Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate or the National Certificate of Language Proficiency). For the Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate, the requirement is at least ‘Satisfactory skills’ in all skills areas; for the National Certificate of Language Proficiency, the requirement is at least the intermediate level test (levels 3–4) in all skills areas.
OR b) Leaving certificate/diploma of the education completed in Finnish or in Swedish, on a second stage educational institution. The second stage educational institution is an institution intended for post primary studies (for example vocational school and upper secondary school).
OR c) Other report on language proficiency, which Valvira will assess on a case-by-case basis.
Valvira may request further explanations as necessary. Please note that Valvira will not return any documents submitted, and Valvira will not make copies of any documents.
You can submit uncertified copies of your attachment documents when you file your application. However, Valvira may later require you to submit officially certified copies of those attachment documents.
If Valvira does require officially certified copies, you can obtain those from a notary public in Finland or in another EU or EEA Member State, or from a Finnish mission in other countries.
You may also submit copies issued by a foreign authority and verified using the Apostille or Grand Legalisation procedure. Send to Valvira the copies that bear the original stamp and signature of the notary public or Finnish mission.
If you do not submit a certificate of language proficiency, Valvira can only recognise your professional qualifications. In order to be eligible for this, you must be a citizen of an EU or EEA Member State or a person of comparable status, and you must have completed your training in an EU or EEA Member State. Recognition of professional qualifications does not automatically entitle you to practise your profession or to use a protected professional title in Finland.
The average processing period for applications is 3 months. The processing period is calculated from the time when Valvira has received all the required documents.
A fee is charged for every decision concerning professional rights, even if decision is a negative one. If you cancel your application, you will be charged half of the application processing fee.
Types of fee include: • Legalisation and protected title registration of a professional arriving from an EU/EEA Member State
• Recognition of professional qualifications • Legalisation and protected title registration once proof of language proficiency is received after recognition of professional qualifications The decision on the right to practise a profession will be issued in Finnish or Swedish. The invoice will be sent separately by post after the decision.