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General Info on Residence Permits
The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration is responsible for issuing residence permits, both temporary and permanent permits as well as residence cards.
General Info on Work Permits
In order to work in Iceland, foreign nationals from outside the EEA/EFTA must have a work permit, which is applied for by the prospective employer.
Restricted Work Permit for Family Reunification
Restricted work permits may be granted to the immediate family members of Icelandic citizens and of foreign nationals in Iceland on certain work or residence permits.
Restricted Work Permit for Athletes
Restricted work permits may be granted for athletes working for sports clubs that are members of the National Olympic & Sports Association of Iceland.
Starting a Business - Establishing a Company
It is relatively simple to establish a company in Iceland.
Permanent Residence Permit
You can apply for a permanent residency permit if you have lived in Iceland for four years on a temporary residency permit.
Residence Permit for Children Under the Age of 18
Custodial parents, who are resident in Iceland and have an unmarried minor (under the age of 18) in their care, may apply for a residence permit for the minor.
Building and alterations
One must apply for a building permit when planning to build a house, rebuild, build an extension or change a house.