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
- you are in the process of applying for a residence permit
- your interview with your local Finnish mission is cancelled
- you are waiting for a residence permit card
- you wish to cancel your application
- Press release from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Finland suspends the reception and processing of ordinary visa and residence permit applications in the missions (19 March 2020)
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.
You cannot apply for an extended permit or a permanent residence permit if you are outside Finland. You can only apply for an extended permit or a permanent residence permit if you are in Finland.
The deadline for identification has been extended until 31 October 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 October 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.
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.
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 finlandabroad.fi.
Keep checking the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ and the Finnish Immigration Service’s bulletins for updates.
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 migri.fi/cancelling-an-application.