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.
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.)
22 March 2020
Effective March 24,2020
Owing to the ongoing global COVID-19 developments, we are revising our passport collection hours to 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please arrange to collect your passport during the revised hours. Should you prefer to receive your documents via courier and have not opted for it when submitting your application, please contact our call centre for further details.
Temporary closure of the VFS application centre in Los Angeles.
As per the directive of the Los Angeles Mayor’s office relating to COVID-19 safety measures, effective 20 March 2020, VFS Global Application Centre in Los Angeles will remain closed until further notice.
19 March 2020
Due to the Corona virus / COVID-19 situation, Finland has temporarily suspended accepting and processing visa and residence permit applications globally.
16 March 2020
Temporary closure of the VFS application centre in San Francisco.
As per the directive of the San Francisco Mayor’s office relating to COVID-19 safety measures, effective 17 March 2020, VFS Global Application Centre in San Francisco will remain closed until further notice. Customers are advised to reschedule their appointment, or they may cancel the appointment first to schedule an appointment with VFS application Centre in Los Angeles.
12 November 2019
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.
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.
06 September 2018
Finland visa application centre in Chicago moves to a new location:
The Finland Visa Application Centre (VAC) at Chicago will now function from new premises from 01 October 2018. The VAC will be located at: 142 East Ontario Street, Floor 17, Chicago IL 60611
28 August 2018
Finland visa application centre in San Francisco moves to a new location:
The Finland Visa Application Centre (VAC) at San Francisco will now function from new premises from 01 September 2018. The VAC will be located at: 315 Montgomery Street, Floor 10, San Francisco, CA 94104