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Iceland – Residency

Types of Residency in Iceland

Iceland offers different types of residency for foreign nationals. Below are the types of residency available in Iceland:

Temporary Residency

Schengen Visa

Nationals of certain countries can enter Iceland without a visa for stays up to 90 days within a six-month period. However, some foreign nationals require a Schengen visa to enter Iceland.

Work Visa

Foreign nationals who wish to work in Iceland are required to obtain a work visa. The work visa allows the holder to reside in Iceland for a limited period of time and is granted on a case-by-case basis. The duration of the visa will depend on the length of the work contract.

Study Visa


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Foreign nationals who plan to study in Iceland for more than 90 days are required to apply for a study visa. The study visa is granted for the duration of the study programme.

Permanent Residency

Family Reunification

Foreign nationals who have family members residing in Iceland may apply for family reunification. This type of residency permit is granted to the spouse, partner, children or parents of Icelandic citizens or foreign nationals who have been granted permanent residency in Iceland.

Work and Residence Permit

Foreign nationals who have been living in Iceland on a work visa for a certain period of time and meet certain requirements can apply for a work and residence permit. This permit allows the holder to reside and work in Iceland on a permanent basis.

Business Permit

Foreign nationals who plan to establish a business in Iceland can apply for a business permit. The business permit allows the holder to reside and work in Iceland on a permanent basis.

Applying for Residency in Iceland

Process

The process of applying for residency in Iceland varies depending on the type of residency you are applying for. However, the general process involves the following steps:

  1. Gather all the necessary documents to support your application.
  2. Submit your application and supporting documents to the Directorate of Immigration.
  3. Wait for the Directorate of Immigration to process your application.
  4. If your application is approved, you will be issued with a residence permit.

Documents Required

The documents required to support your application for residency in Iceland may vary depending on the type of residency you are applying for. However, the following documents are usually required:

  • Valid passport
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Criminal record certificate
  • Health insurance

Registration

Foreign nationals who plan to reside in Iceland for more than 90 days are required to register with the Registers Iceland within 30 days of their arrival. The registration process involves submitting a form and providing proof of identity.

Information on Residence in Iceland

Foreign nationals who are planning to move to Iceland can visit the Directorate of Immigration’s website for up-to-date information on residence in Iceland. The website provides detailed information on the types of residency permits available, the application process, required documents, and other important information.

For reliable, up-to-date information on residency in Iceland, individuals can consult the following websites:


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