Nonimmigrant Visas

Status of Non-Immigrant Visa Services

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).

Additionally, 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.

Summer & Fall 2021 Appointment Availability

Capacity is extremely limited for non-immigrant visa interview appointments. We are fully booked for August and September 2021. We do not anticipate being able to offer any additional interviews before October 2021 at the earliest, including for students and others with pending expedited appointment requests.

Exemptions from Presidential Proclamation 10143

Travelers in some visa categories, and others with certain U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relatives, may be exempt from Presidential Proclamation 10143. You can review the text of PP10143 under “scope” to determine whether you are exempt. The embassy cannot determine your exemption status for you. If you are exempt and require a visa, submit an emergency appointment request through your profile at and include supporting evidence for your exemption with your request. Please note that capacity is extremely limited for emergency non-immigrant visa interview appointments.

National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamation 10143

Those traveling for certain purposes may qualify for a National Interest Exception to Presidential Proclamation 10143. Please review exception criteria and contact us if you believe you qualify.

How to Request a National Interest Exception

We aim to reply to all National Interest Exception requests within two weeks, but we cannot guarantee a response time. If you require a new or renewed visa, please note that capacity is extremely limited for non-immigrant visa interview appointments.

Students & Exchange Visitors

Limited availability for visa interview appointments may delay the adjudication and issuance of visas beyond the start of this academic year.

Visa Application Fee

We will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022 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 Finland

The U.S. Embassy in Helsinki is not currently accepting visa applications from individuals who do not normally reside in Finland. Please contact the Embassy or Consulate in the country in which you reside to schedule a visa appointment.

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.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

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


To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us ( page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to
  • Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
    • Callers in Finland: Call (09) 4245 1555
    • Callers in the United States: Call +1 703 520 2571
  • Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name ustraveldocs-finland.