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  • 25 July 2021

    Our regualr Contact Centre services have now resumed.

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    01 March 2021

    Courier return of decision envelopes to your location of choice (not applicable for Kenya and Ethiopia)

    Keeping in mind the health and safety of all our customers and employees in view of the ongoing COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines, decision envelopes will be returned back only by courier till further notice for all Finland residence permit customers, effective 01 MAR 2021

    Finland residence permit customers cannot visit the Residence permit Application Centre to pick up their decision envelope once it is ready for collection – the decision envelope will be directly couriered to their location of choice (the location must be serviceable by our courier partner). The fee for this service is Euro 25,00 (30USD), irrespective of the delivery location.

    The courier service has been established to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus amongst our customers and employees. It is expected to be in place until the risk perception of COVID-19 is significantly reduced.

    Other health and safety measures being undertaken at our Application Centres include: no-contact screening at entry, sanitization, use of face-masks inside the centre according to guidelines of local authorities, and physical distancing measures for customers throughout the residence permit application process.

    We will post an update on this page as and when the process is reviewed and changed. Thank you for your understanding.
  • 20 February 2021

    We are delighted to inform that our LA center is now accepting Resident permit Application. SFO, DC, NY centers will be resuming Resident Permit Application on 01 March 2021

  • 07 July 2020

    Temporary suspension of Visa and Resident Permit applications.

    Due to the Corona virus / COVID-19 situation, Finland has temporarily suspended accepting visa and residence permit applications at the VFS application centres globally.

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    29 June 2020

    In addition to re-opening requirements, there is a new mandatory quarantine for persons coming into NY/NJ/CT states from locations with high COVID-19 cases in USA. Persons coming from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah, and Texas are subject to 14 days quarantine before being accepted at VFS visa application centre’s (VACs.)

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    22 March 2020

    Temporary closure of the VFS application centres.

    As per the directive of the local Mayor’s office in each city relating to COVID-19 safety measures, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Houston offices will remain closed until further notice.

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    19 March 2020

    Due to the Corona virus / COVID-19 situation, Finland has temporarily suspended accepting and processing visa and residence permit applications globally.

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    19 FEBRUARY 2020

    All applicants must bring passport photo:

    Starting 01 March 2020, all residence permit applicants must bring with them to the biometrics appointment one recent passport photo (no older than 6 months).

    Family members of Finnish citizens (applying with electronic application) are allowed to visit any Finland Application Centres:

    Starting 01 March 2020, applicants who are family members of Finnish citizens and applying for a residence permit to Finland (application codes OLE_PH2, OLE_PH3 and OLE_PH4) can visit any Finland Application Centres in USA to submit their biometric data. The applicant must be able to prove his/her relationship to the Finnish citizen by presenting a marriage certificate, certificate of registered partnership or a birth certificate. An electronic application must be filled in using Enter Finland prior to scheduling an appointment at an Application Centre.

    Paper applications can only be submitted at the Consulates General in New York or Los Angeles.

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    29 NOVEMBER 2018

    Washington state US applicants can submit biometrics in Vancouver (Canada) Application Centre

    Submitting biometrics for study or work based residence permit applications in Vancouver Application Centre is allowed also for applicants residing legally in the Washington state US. Applicant must have a valid passport and a proof of residence in Washington state US (drivers license, utility bill) in submission. Non-US citizen must also have a valid Green Card/US visa/EAD. Please view for more information of required documents. The decision can be collected in Vancouver Application Centre or couriered to the Washington state US.

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    06 NOVEMBER 2018

    Finland opens new Application Centre in Los Angeles

    Finland is improving the submission of Schengen visa applications and study or employment based residence permit applications on the west coast.

    Los Angeles Application Centre opens on 19 November 2018 and will be located at: 8530 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 459, Beverly Hills, CA.

    The appointments are available for booking on 12 November 2018.

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    06 September 2018

    Finland visa application centre in Chicago moves to a new location:

    The Finland Application Centre (AC) at Chicago will now function from new premises from 01 October 2018. The AC will be located at: 142 East Ontario Street, Floor 17, Chicago IL 60611

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    03 August 2018

    The Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C. does not accept any visa or resident permit applications.

    The Consulate General of Finland in New York will continue to take in other than work or study based Residence Permit applicants.

    The Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles will take in Schengen visa and residence permit applicants until November 2018 when the application centre opens in Los Angeles.