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Immigrating to Iceland

Setting up Legal Domicile as an Immigrant

If you plan to stay in Iceland for six months or longer, you must register a legal domicile in Iceland. Your legal domicile is the place where you reside on a continual basis.

In order to register a legal domicile in Iceland, immigrants from outside the EEA must have a residence permit and all immigrants must have a national ID number (also called "kennitala" in Icelandic).

A fixed residence is the place where you live most of the time. It is the place where the you keep your belongings, spend your free time and sleep when you are not temporarily away for vacation, work trips, sickness or other reasons.

A legal domicile must have a definite physical address on a named street or in a named building.

A guesthouse, hospital, accommodation for fishery workers, construction camp or any other lodging of this sort is not eligible to register as a legal domicile.

You may only register one legal domicile at a time.

Married couples may register different legal domiciles only if both parties agree to this. If a couple with children resides apart, the legal domicile must be registered wherever the children reside.

Legal domiciles are registered at Registers Iceland:

Registers Iceland
Borgartúni 21
150 Reykjavík

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