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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.
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.
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.
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.
Expedited Processing of Residence Permit Based on Work
Checklist for expedited processing, to be submitted with the application along with any supporting documents
Residence Permit Based on Work
Individuals, 18 years or older, that have been offered work in Iceland can apply for a residence permit based on work.
Restricted Work Permit Granted under Exceptional Circumstances
In accordance with law, a restricted work permit may be granted under exceptional circumstances provided certain conditions are met.
Starting a Business - Establishing a Company
It is relatively simple to establish a company in Iceland.
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.
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.