Foreign nationals traveling to the United States must follow the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for providing 1) proof of COVD-19 vaccination status and 2) a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel (or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days). Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.
- Non-U.S. Citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Frequently Asked Questions / Overview (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel (Department of State)
Status of Non-Immigrant Visa Services
Nonimmigrant visa services at Embassy Helsinki are currently reduced and capacity for interviews remains extremely limited, including for applicants with pending emergency appointment requests. You may check the guidance below to see if you qualify for an interview waiver or mail-in renewal. Please check ustraveldocs.com for scheduling or rescheduling interview appointments.
Expanded Interview Waiver
The interview waiver for Students (F and M visas) and Exchange Visitors (Academic J visas) has been extended until December 31, 2022. Interview waiver may now also apply for first-time applicants for petition-based employment visas including H-1, H-3, H-4, L (individual petitions only, blanket L petitions do not qualify), O, P, and Q visas. Petition-based visa applicants must have been previously issued a visa in any class or they must have traveled to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Please find more information on the expanded interview waiver guidelines here and visit ustraveldocs.com to see if you qualify for interview waiver.
Mail-in Renewals and Interview Waiver Processing Times
If you were issued a visa in the same class in which you are applying and your previous visa expired within 48 months, you may be eligible to renew your visa by mail. Our current estimated processing time for mail-in renewals and interview waiver applications is 2-3 weeks. Please do not contact us to check up on your case until after 2-3 weeks have passed or you may further delay processing time. Applicants are also responsible for the type of postage or tracking service they choose to use for their return envelopes, which may affect delivery time.
Visa Application Fee
We will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023 to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information about when we will resume routine visa operations.
If You Reside Outside of Finland
The U.S. Embassy in Helsinki is offering limited nonimmigrant visa appointments for those who are not Finnish residents but are currently in Finland. Please check ustraveldocs.com for scheduling or rescheduling interview appointments.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.
If you are travelling as an official representative of your government, please see our page with information regarding visas for diplomats and other government officials
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