Finland has outsourced the submission of Schengen visa applications and the collection of biometric data required for study- or work-based residence permit applications to VFS Global. Schengen visas and residence permits to Finland must be applied for in person through the visa application centre.
Make sure whether you need a visa or a residence permit, and which documents are required from the links below.
Customer service is by appointment only. Customer service contact information located below.
Full instructions and appointment reservations for Schengen visa applicants on visa.finland.eu and for study or work-based residence permit applicants and their family members on residencepermits.finland.fi.
The Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C. does not accept any visa or resident permit applications.
The Consulate General of Finland in New York will continue to take in other than work or study based residence permit applicants and Schengen visa applications to a certain extent.
The Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles will take in Schengen visa and residence permit applicants until the fall of 2018 when VFS Global visa application centre opens in Los Angeles.
Please note that there is no expedited process available, and status inquiries by telephone or email do not expedite the application process.
Appointments to the Consulate Generals must be reserved via online appointment reservation system. Please note, that the link only works with Internet Explorer and Safari. If you have technical issues related to online appointment reservation system please contact VFS Helpline: firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 212 203 0023.
Documents in this order:
- Visa application (available only for the Consulate submission)
- Photo (max. 6 months old) attached
- Passport and a passport copy
- Green Card/ US visa and a copy
- Employer letter or school letter
- Hotel reservation and/or invitation letter
- Flight reservation
- Bank statements (3 months)
- Travel insurance on 1 page:
o Validity = time of journey
o Schengen / EU / Worldwide
o 40,000 usd, non-deductible
- Prepaid FedEx/DHL/UPS envelope