Today, June 1, Finland has launched a new fast track service enabling specialists and startup entrepreneurs as well as their family members to obtain a residence permit within 14 days of applying. This service pledge is one of the Finnish Government's measures to streamline the immigration process for experts. “The global competition for skilled labor is fierce. This fast track service is one way to increase Finland’s attractiveness and facilitate international recruitment. A smooth permit process will be a help for both the experts and the companies hiring them,” says Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen.
In connection with the fast track, Finland is launching a new long-term visa. The D visa supports the implementation of the 14-day service pledge: specialists, startup entrepreneurs and their family members can travel to Finland immediately after they have been issued with a residence permit. They will no longer need to wait for a residence permit card abroad. Instead, they will receive it in Finland.
More information on the Finnish Governments site here and on the Immigration Service's site here.
Contact Companies House Finland if you need assistance with residence permits or other relocation services in Finland.