Settling in Iisalmi
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Immigrant guidance and integration
The immigration and refugee services of Iisalmi provide guidance and counselling services for all immigrants living in the Upper Savonia (Ylä-Savo) region. The unit organises reception and integration services for refugees and for those who have migrated based on work, family ties and studies. It cooperates with authorities, educational institutes and organisations.
Iisalmi immigration and refugee services
When you have just moved to Finland, you can apply for services from the Employment and Economic Development Office, or TE Services, to help you integrate and find a job. Services specifically intended for immigrants include:
- guidance and counselling for immigrants
- initial assessment
- integration plan
- integration training
Karjalankatu 3, Iisalmi
PO Box 2000, 70101 Kuopio
Initial assessment and integration plan
The initial assessment includes an initial interview and, if necessary, a language test and a skill survey. The interview includes discussing and determining the client’s educational background, work experience, language skills and other matters related to living in Finland. During the initial assessment, information is provided about studying Finnish, finding employment, getting an education and different services in the region. The interview is conducted either in the client’s own native language or another language they understand.
More information on the initial assessment and the preparation of the integration plan is available from the Iisalmi’s immigrant and refugee services and from TE Services.
Read more: Integration into Finland
Do you need an interpreter?
If you do not speak Finnish or Swedish and have no other common language with the authority, you are sometimes entitled to interpreting services in official matters. The authority will book an interpreter for you if you have indicated in advance that you need one. In this case, it will not cost you anything.
You can use an interpreter whenever you want if you pay the costs and book the interpreter yourself.
Read more: Do you need an interpreter?