The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) has extended the deadline for identification at its service points or a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate).
According to Migri's latest customer bulletin, applicants should normally visit a Finnish mission or a service point in Finland to identify themselves in person within three months of the date on which an application was submitted via the Enter Finland online service. The deadline for identification has now been extended until 31 December 2020.
In the release, the immigration agency explains that the aim is to make the situation easier for residence permit applicants who have a pending application in the Enter Finland online service, but whose identification visit is delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Identification is mandatory before a residence permit application can be processed. Identification means that customers must visit a Finnish mission or a service point, where they will be fingerprinted and their identity and necessary documents verified.
Lack of appointments
At the moment, Migri's online system suffers from a shortage of available appointment times at the service points. And the agency also apologizes for this backlog on its customer bulletin.
According to the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, reception activities relating to residence permit applications have been gradually resumed in the Finnish missions as of 16 June 2020.