President of the Republic decides on Finland’s accession to Nato
On 23 March 2023, President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö decided that Finland would commit itself to the North Atlantic Treaty and the Ottawa Agreement, which were accepted by Parliament on 1 March 2023. The presenting minister was Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. The President of the Republic also confirmed the acts bringing into force the Treaty and the Agreement.
The President, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs were among the most visible Finns abroad in 2022
The Finnish missions and embassies report that following the application for NATO membership and Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Finland’s political leaders featured prominently in the international media. In 2021, it was Finnish athletes who received most mentions in the international news media, but last year President Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister Sanna Marin, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto rose to the top of the list alongside athletes.
Changes in the work permit applications
Read this if you are applying for a residence permit on the basis of work or if you are an employer. Due to amendments in the Aliens Act, there are some changes in the application forms and required documents for residence permits. The Finnish Immigration Service in Finland issues the residence permits. Detailed questions should be directed to the Finnish Immigration Service. You can also find useful material on their website.
International visibility increases Finland’s influence
Finland’s image grew stronger in 2022. Finland has had remarkable visibility in foreign media, and news about Finland has met with an exceptionally positive reception. In particular, opinions about Finland’s government and people have become even more positive. Increased familiarity with Finland is important as the country seeks ways to influence the world, according to the Country Image Annual Report, published by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Immigration services at the Embassy of Finland in Pristina
Residence permit applications should be submitted through the EnterFinland-service. After submitting the application, you should book an appointment from the Embassy to identify yourself. Book your appointment from the online appointment system. Visa applications should be submitted to the Visa Application Center in Pristina. You should book your appointment directly from the Visa Application Center. The Finnish Border Guard issues instructions for entry to Finland during the pandemic.
Appearance of passports and identity cards to change
Passports and identity cards issued by the Finnish authorities will have a new appearance as of 13 March 2023. Minor technical adjustments will also be made to residence permit cards and residence cards. The changes will have no effect on the validity of previously issued passports, identity cards or residence permit documents.