Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

Any individuals with pending consular appointments who (1) were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within the last 14 days, (2) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or (3) believe they have may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are strongly encouraged to postpone their appointments by at least 14 days.  There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please send an email to support-finland@ustraveldocs.com for visas and helsinkiacs@state.gov for U.S. citizen services for specific guidance.  Information concerning rescheduling a pending visa appointment is also available at http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/fi/fi-niv-appointmentschedule.asp


As a result of the worldwide reciprocity review, there have been substantial changes to the reciprocity fees and visa validity periods for nationals of many countries.  Finnish citizens applying for certain visa classes may be subject to new fees and validity restrictions starting November 12, 2019.  These include applicants for E1, E2, some F1 and F2, H1-B, H4, I, L1, L2, R1, and R2 visa classes.  For information about reciprocity fees and validity periods, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country.html.



NOTICE FOR VISA APPLICANTS WHO RESIDE IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION:  Individuals who normally reside in Russia, but who are unable to apply for a U.S. visa in a timely manner may submit their application in Helsinki.  Applicants are not required to be a resident of the Republic of Finland to apply for a visa at U.S. Embassy Helsinki, but must be physically present in Finland at the time of visa application and visa interview, as we cannot accept mail-in applications from individuals while they are outside of Finland.  All applicants should include a local address in Finland – hotel, relative, office – when scheduling an appointment for a visa interview.

NOTE: Please note that the wait time for a visa appointment for non-residents is routinely two to three months and very often no appointments are available. If an immediate appointment is needed please note the U.S. Embassy in Kiev does not have a wait time and has a Russian-speaking staff.


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Finland. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Finland.