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Backlog in the processing of citizenship applications

23.11.2020 11.10

At present, there is backlog in the processing of citizenship applications. Approximately 10,350 applications are currently waiting for processing.

The backlog is the worst in the case of applications where further clarification is required during the processing. We are able to process fastest applications where the customer has come to Finland with a permit obtained in advance, the customer has a national passport and the general prerequisites for the granting of citizenship are met. 

The processing of your application may take longer than estimated by the Processing Time Checker if you have presented a passport from one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Gambia, Ghana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria. The longer processing time is due to the fact that the reliability of a passport from any of these countries as an identity document is poor and the determination of identity thus requires more work. For more information, please visit You should always present your passport, however, as it will speed up the processing of your application compared to you not presenting any identity document.

Please wait for your decision without haste

We understand that the decisions we make have a major impact on the lives of our customers. We attempt to process all applications as quickly as possible.

If you have not received a decision yet, please continue to wait without hurrying. We will contact you if we need any further clarification regarding your application.

What has caused the backlog?

The number of people employed by the Finnish Immigration Service was reduced in 2019, which means that we have been forced to reallocate people to the processing of urgent residence permit applications. In addition, the coronavirus pandemic has hampered the processing of some citizenship applications. 

Citizenship declarations are processed within the normal schedule

There is no backlog in the processing of citizenship declarations. The expected processing times of different declaration types can be checked from the Processing Time Checker or on the page regarding the application in question at

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