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Quick guide for people moving abroad
When you move abroad from Finland, your entitlement to benefits from Kela is determined on the basis of how long you intend to stay abroad, to which country you move and your reason for the stay abroad.See the quick guide
Quick guide for people moving to FinlandWhen you move to Finland from another country, your entitlement to benefits from Kela is determined on the basis of how long you intend to stay in Finland, which country you come from and your reason for the stay in Finland. See the quick guide
- Working abroad
- Even a brief period of employment in another EU or EEA country or Switzerland may mean that your social security coverage is changed to the country in which you work for the duration of your employment.
- Studying abroad
- You are entitled to Kela benefits during temporary stays abroad of a maximum of 6 months. If you study abroad for more than 6 months, you must study on a full-time basis in order to be entitled to Kela benefits.
- Moving abroad as a family member
- If you accompany a person who is covered under the social security system abroad as a family member, you are entitled to Kela benefits if you were entitled to them already before the move abroad.
Moving to Finland
- Coming to work in Finland
- You can be covered by the Finnish social security system either on the basis of permanent residence or employment.
- To Finland as a student
- If you move to Finland in order to study, you will as a rule not be covered by the Finnish social security system.
- To Finland as a family member
- If you move in with a family member who is already living permanently in Finland, you may be covered by the Finnish social security system. If you move to Finland together with a family member who comes to work or study here, your status is as a rule assessed on the basis of whether your family member is considered to be permanently resident in Finland or not.