Finland is outsourcing the submission of Schengen visa applications and study or employment based residence permit applications in the United States. Application centres maintained by VFS Global will be opened in Washington, D.C, New York, Houston, Chicago and San Francisco in April and in Los Angeles in August 2018.
An appointment at the Visa Application Centre must be booked beforehand. Visa application can be and residence permit application must be completed electronically before the appointment. The applicant must always file the application in person and give his or her biometrics at the application centre.
The visa/residence permit appointments already scheduled will remain as agreed and even after the outsourcing Finnish missions will still process the visa applications. The missions will continue accepting other residence permit categories and passport applications. Websites and call centre for visa and residence permit applicants will be launched at the end of March 2018.