Finland:  D Visa and Faster Application Processing Route for Specialists and Start-Up Entrepreneurs

December 20, 2021

Key Points  

  • Fast track service route for specialists and start-up entrepreneurs opening in June 2022 
  • Launch of the D visa in June 2022 


In June 2022, the government of Finland will launch a fast-track service route for specialists and start-up entrepreneurs entering Finland and open a new visa type called the D visa. In order to use the fast-track service route, applicants will be required to submit and pay for the application online. The process will be partially automated to ensure a processing time of around two to three weeks.  

The D visa will allow individuals to travel to Finland as soon as a residence permit has been granted. Before entering Finland, the applicant will need to prove their identity abroad and have fingerprints taken for the residence permit card.  

What are the Changes? 

The government of Finland plans to launch a new fast track service route for processing applications from specialists and start-up entrepreneurs in addition to adding a new visa type to its immigration processes. The government aims to have the route and new visa type in use by June 2022.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Finland's website and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information. 

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.  

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