Finland: Updated Process for Reviewing Certain Immigration Applications 

Key Points  

  • Finland will increase application projections for work-based residence visas and student visas for 2023 and 2024 
  • Finland will update its immigration decision review process to provide more clarity throughout the application process  


The government of Finland updated its forecasts for immigration application volumes for 2023 and 2024. As a result, the number of work-based residence application projections will increase to 19,000 in 2023 and to 21,500 in 2024. The government will increase the number of student application projections to 8,500 in 2023 and to 9,000 in 2024.  

In addition, Finland will update its process for reviewing immigration decisions. These changes will include the following measures:  

  • Updates to the templates used for writing decisions or requests for additional information in order to provide clearer instructions to applicants; 
  • Updates to child welfare guidelines and additional staff training to ensure that decisions are made in the best interests of the child; 
  • Revising guidelines and conducting an external audit to ensure the quality of the review process; 
  • Conducting five internal review process inspections on various residence permit decisions with the goal of ensuring a customer-oriented approach and finding ways to harmonize and streamline processes. 

What are the Changes?  

The government of Finland increased its application projection volume for work permits and student visas for 2023 and 2024. According to the government, these increases reflect global economic fluctuations and labor market conditions in Finland.  

Looking Ahead  

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

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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.