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Visas and residence permits to Finland - Embassy of Finland, Washington - Consulate Generals of Finland, New York, Los Angeles : Visas and residence permits


  • Embassy of Finland, Washington
    Tel. +1-202-298 5800,
  • Consulate General of Finland, New York
    Tel. +1-212-750 4400,
  • Consulate General of Finland, Los Angeles
    Tel. +1-310-203 9903,
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Visas and residence permits to Finland

Finland has outsourced the submission of Schengen visa applications and the collection of biometric data required for study- or work-based residence permit applications to VFS Global. Schengen visas and residence permits to Finland must be applied for in person through the visa application centre.

Make sure whether you need a visa or a residence permit, and which documents are required from the links below.

An appointment is mandatory. For visas please visit and for work and study-related residence permits

Customer service for visas and residence permits

Customer service is by appointment only. Customer service contact information located below.

Full instructions and appointment reservations for Schengen visa applicants on and for study or work-based residence permit applicants and their family members on

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

The Consulates General of Finland in New York and Los Angeles will continue to take in other than work or study based residence permit applicants and Schengen visa applications to a certain extent.

Please note that there is no expedited process available, and status inquiries by telephone or email do not expedite the application process.

Appointments to the Consulate Generals must be reserved via online appointment reservation system. Please note, that the link only works with Internet Explorer and Safari. If you have technical issues related to online appointment reservation system please contact VFS Helpline:, +1 212 203 0023.

Please contact VFS Global with Schengen visa and residence permit related inquiries. Tel.  +1-212-203-0023 (visas) (residence permits)


Documents in this order:

Visa application (available only for the Consulate submission)
-  Photo (max. 6 months old) attached
-  Passport and a passport copy
-  Green Card/ US visa and a copy
-  Employer letter or school letter
-  Hotel reservation and/or invitation letter
-  Flight reservation
-  Bank statements (3 months)
- Travel insurance on 1 page:
   o  Name
   o  Validity = time of journey
   o  Schengen / EU / Worldwide
   o  40,000 usd, non-deductible
           - Medical
           - Hospitalization
           - Repatriation
-  Prepaid FedEx/DHL/UPS envelope
-  Fee

Residence permit

-  Photo (max. 6 months old)
-  Supporting documents:
-  Prepaid FedEx/DHL/UPS envelope  


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Updated 11/23/2018

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