President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021. The President also suspended the sections of PPs 10052 and 10131 which continued PP 10014 past its original expiration. These proclamations restricted the issuance of certain immigrant visas.
Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by these proclamations should review the instructions found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamation-10014.html.
As of September 8, the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki has begun a phased resumption of some immigrant visa services and offers limited appointments to applicants who will qualify for an exception to COVID-19 Presidential Proclamations (IR-1, IR-2, CR-1, CR-2). While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon practicable, there are likely to be increased waiting times for such services due to substantial backlogs. For questions or inquiries regarding how to request an emergency appointment, please contact HelsinkiIV@state.gov.
Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Finland at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki.
To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.
Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.