Effects of the coronavirus outbreak on customers who are abroad

On this page you will find the latest instructions for submitting residence permit applications abroad during the coronavirus outbreak.

Here you will find instructions on what to do if 

If you are applying for a residence permit for Finland

Owing to the coronavirus epidemic, you cannot currently visit Finnish missions abroad.

You can still submit your application via the Finnish Immigration Service’s online service Enter Finland and pay the processing fee online. We will begin to process your application once your identity has been verified.

The deadline for identification has been extended until 31 August 2020

You should normally visit a Finnish mission to identify yourself within three months of the date on which you submit your application via Enter Finland. The time limit for identification has been extended as follows:

  • If you are applying for a residence permit abroad and have not been able to visit your local Finnish mission to identify yourself, you now have until 31 August 2020 to do so. 
  • The time limit may be reviewed depending on how the situation evolves.

Keep checking the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ and the Finnish Immigration Service’s newsletters for updates. 

Please book an appointment to identify yourself as soon as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifts the restrictions.

Interviews with Finnish missions are suspended for the time being

Owing to the coronavirus epidemic, Finnish missions are not currently seeing applicants for interviews. If you have been asked to attend an interview with your local Finnish mission, you must take the interview before you can be given a residence permit.

Keep checking the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ website and for the latest information on the situation with the missions.

You are waiting for a residence permit card 

For the time being, the Finnish missions cannot hand over residence permit cards as usual. If you have questions about your card delivery, contact the mission where you have handled your matter. For information about the situation with your mission, see the website

Keep checking the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ and the Finnish Immigration Service’s bulletins for updates.

You can cancel your application

If your situation changes during the coronavirus outbreak and you no longer wish to live in Finland, you can cancel your residence permit application. 
Instructions for cancelling applications are available on our website at