Please select your resident city below. Residence permit for an employed person: This visa is the most common type of work visa. Don’t jeopardize your Schengen visa interview at the last minute.

Schedule an appointment to visit the Visa Application Centre, If you have already submitted your application at the Visa Application Centre, to know the status of your application. The processing fee must be paid in cash upon application. In order to live and work legally in Finland an employment contract is required. If you’re unsure about what to submit to show your finances, contact your nearest Consulate or Embassy to ask for details. How to contact the Embassy of Finland in Canberra? You can apply up to 90 days ahead, so make sure you apply in plenty of time. Upon arrival in Finland, you must meet the general entry requirements according to which a person must not constitute a danger to public order and security, national health, or Finland’s international relations. You normally need a residence permit to be allowed to work in Finland.

Submit your visa application at a mission or visa centre in person.

Do you suspect misuse of development cooperation funds? An application cannot be sent by e-mail or telefax. In visa matters relating to the free movement of EU citizens and their family members, the applicant may appeal to the Administrative Court without first requesting an administrative review.

Extending the visa’s period of validity may be possible also for serious personal reasons,  such as a severe sudden illness of an immediate family member who has a permanent residence in Finland. The country is looking at hiring many foreign employees for these vacant positions to help continue the path to economic growth. The application will be reviewed by the Employment and Economic Development Office. After approval, the employee will receive a residence permit card from the Finnish embassy.

Submit the appointment details, the visa you are applying for, consulate you need the appointment for, the country you need the appointment IN and make the payment, Receive appointment confirmation in email, Go to the embassy’s website and click on: “Book an Appointment”, Enter your information and continue until the appointment is confirmed, Submit the travel details and make the payment online, Collect your passport from the embassy in Canberra, Receive your passport by mail to your home, Approved – your visa will be inside your passport, Rejected – this would have been for a specific reason and you can appeal the decision, Lack of funds – you must be able to afford your trip and the documents you provide such as bank statements must show this, Passport invalid – if your passport is invalid in any way, you must get a new one before applying for your visa, No proof of sponsorship – if you are being sponsored for your trip to Finland, you must provide proof of the sponsorship, No proof of residence – if you are a non-Australian citizen who is living in Australia permanently, you must provide proof that you have a legal right to do so. Some missions accept bank transfers. Locate your nearest Visa Application Centre.

Have you ever been to any of the 26 Schengen countries? Honorary consuls and consulates cannot grant visas. Methods of payment for visa fees when applying in the Finland Visa Application Centre: Cash or debit/credit card.

You may pay by Eftpos, Visa and Mastercard only.

Local police authorities can extend the visa's period of validity in Finland, if you cannot leave Finland and the Schengen area due to a force majeure or humanitarian reason.

Are you planning to travel to Finland? In line with the of the directive of the Los Angeles Mayor’s office relating to COVID-19 safety measures, effective 20 March 2020, all VFS Global Visa Application Centres in Los Angeles processing applications for Finland remain closed until further notice. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.