Capacity is extremely limited for non-immigrant visa interview appointments. COVID-19 mitigation efforts have resulted in a significant backlog in the demand for consular services. In line with the U.S. Department of State’s prioritization of services, the provision of services to U.S. citizens in Finland is the top priority of our consular section. With respect to visa services, the processing of immigrant and fiancée visas, particularly for immediate relatives and other family-sponsored applicants, is our highest priority. We regret that we may not be able to offer appointments to all non-immigrant visa applicants in advance of their planned travel.
To protect the public health, most non-immigrant travel to the United States from Finland remains suspended by Presidential Proclamation 10143 (Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa). There are certain exceptions to this proclamation. Those who possess a valid visa or a valid ESTA authorization should follow the instructions on our embassy website to determine whether they qualify for an exception.
Those requiring a new visa, even those who may qualify for an exception, should prepare for the possibility of longer than usual wait times. We are prioritizing travelers with urgent needs, foreign diplomats, mission-critical categories of travelers (such as those coming to assist with the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and workers who are essential to the American food supply), followed by students, exchange visitors, and some temporary employment visas. Even within these categories, we expect demand to exceed available capacity.
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