08 July 2020
Due to the Corona virus / COVID-19 situation, Finland has temporarily suspended accepting visa and residence permit applications at the VFS application centres globally.
21 November 2019
Important Notice: New visa sticker for use
All Finnish missions abroad and organisations issuing visas, including the Border Guard, Finnish Customs and the Police, started to use the new EU visa sticker on 11 November 2019. Regulation (EU) 2017/1370, amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1683/95 on a uniform format for visas, was adopted on 04 July 2017. All Member States must start using the new visa sticker by 21 December 2019.
The introduction of the new visa sticker does not require any measures from visa applicants. Visas issued before 11 November 2019 will be valid for the period of validity indicated on the visa sticker.
28 December 2017
Important Notice: Introduction of VAT component on service charges at the Visa Application Centre
The United Arab Emirates has announced the introduction of VAT (Value Added Tax) effective Monday, 01 January 2018, at a standard rate of 5%. VAT will be collected on taxable supplies of goods and services in the UAE, wherever applicable.
In accordance with the new VAT Law, VFS GCC LLC will be required to charge and collect VAT on services provided at the Application Centres and pay it to the Federal Tax Authority. VAT is a consumption tax that end users (applicants) shall pay and VFS GCC LLC will play the role of a collection agent on behalf of the taxation authority.
30 November 2017