Fast-track processing, D visas to be made available
16 Jun 22
The Finnish government has announced that it will provide fast-track processing for residence permits and D visas.
- Beginning June 1, individuals can apply for a fast-tracked residence permit if they are entering Finland as a(n):
- To be eligible for fast-track processing, individuals must apply while they are outside of Finland and submit their application through the EnterFinland website; the Finnish employer must complete the employee’s terms and conditions through EnterFinland within 48 hours of the application’s submissions; and payment for the application must be made online.
- Foreign nationals who use the fast-track service should receive a decision within two weeks of submitting their application.
- Foreign nationals coming from countries that require a visa to enter Finland will be able to apply for a D visa when submitting their residence permit application. Those who hold D visas can enter Finland and start working as soon as authorities approve their residence permit application.
Additional Information: More information regarding instructions for submitting specific application types through the fast-track service is available here. Instructions for applying for a D visa, with or without fast-track processing, are available here.
BAL Analysis: The Finnish government will provide fast-track processing and D visas to certain foreign nationals in order to streamline application processing and attract more skilled workers to live and work in Finland.
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