Saturday 10/23/21

Finland suspends processing of visa and residence permit applications

Government says this decision does not apply to Russia.

The coronavirus crisis also affects those who aspire to emigrate to Finland.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs reported on Thursday that, due to the coronavirus epidemic, "Finland, like other Schengen countries, will suspend the normal reception of visa applications at Finnish missions immediately from 19 March until further notice."

According to Government information, Finnish missions (embassies and consulates) will maintain the discretion to receive and process some individual visa applications "in exceptional cases," such as those submitted by family members of Finnish citizens. But, as a general rule, passports related to current visa applications will be returned.

Government says this does not apply to Russia, where all applications already received are processed. "Processing fees are non-refundable," the Ministry says.

Residence permits

Applications for residence permits will also be suspended immediately. Applications for residence permits that have already been received will normally be initiated and forwarded to the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) for processing. Interviews related to residence permit applications will also be suspended until further notice.

Delegations will provide more information on possible country arrangements when it is available.

The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) said in Twitter they will "investigate the impact of this situation in the processing of the residence permits." Clients will be informed "as soon as possible," Migri emphasized.