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News, 3/8/2018 | Consulate General of Finland, New York

Finland Opens Application Centres in the United States to Ease the Submission of Visa and Residence Permit Applications

Washington Monument

Press release updated on 29 March 2018

Finland improves visa and residence permit application procedures in the United States

Finland will outsource the submission of Schengen visa applications and the collection of biometric data required for study- or work-based residence permit applications in the United States to visa application centres (VAC) maintained by VFS Global.  ACs will be opened in Washington, D.C., New York, Houston, Chicago and San Francisco on April 5 and in Los Angeles in August 2018.

The aim is to simplify the submission of Schengen visa applications and work and study-related residence permit applications as well as to offer more comprehensive services for applicants. Visa applications and biometric data for residence permit applications must always be submitted in person, and an appointment is mandatory. Visa applications will continue to be processed in the Finnish missions in the United States also in the future. The Finnish Immigration Service is the decision-making authority in residence permit matters. The missions continue to accept other than work and study-related residence permit applications and passport applications.

Appointments for the submission of visa and residence permit applications scheduled at the missions will be handled as agreed. When the ACs are open, the missions will accept only certain visa and residence permit applications.

The AC website:

The website of for residence permit services:

The Call Centre will be open from 29 March 2018 onward from Monday through Friday from 8AM to 6PM CST on +1 212-203-0023.


All ACs will be open from 9AM to 3PM (by appointment only)

Decisions can be picked up from 4-5PM


Washington (a new location at the end of April)       

1050 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 500,

Washington D.C. 20036                                                 

New York

750 Third Ave, 9th FL., Suite 946,

New York, NY 10017


700 Milam Street, FL 13, Suite 1300

13000 Houston, TX 77002


564 W Randolph Street, 2nd Floor

 Chicago IL 60661

San Fransisco

505 Montgomery Street, 11th Floor, Suite 1139

 San Francisco, 94111

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