Children

Application for a residence permit on grounds of family reunification must be submitted at the Directorate of Immigration along with applicable supporting documents.


A child, as defined by the Act on Foreigners, is under the age of 18 and single (not married).


Icelandic citizens, citizens of other Nordic countries residing in Iceland and their spouses and foreigners residing in Iceland holding permits as qualified professionals, athletes, permanent resident permits or for humanitarian reasons or special ties may apply for residence permits for their children.


Only a parent who also has custody of the child, can apply for a residence permit for the child in Iceland, see here. Note that if custody of the child is based on an agreement, but the custodian is not the natural parent, this does not qualify for a residence permit on grounds of family reunification. In those cases, the child must be legally adopted.


Documentation showing the ties of the child to the parent/parents must be submitted.


Children of athletes and PhD students may not be in Iceland while applications are being processed. Other children qualifying for family reunification may stay in Iceland while the applications are being processed, see here. Note. Visas for travelling to Iceland (if applicable) will not be issued until a permit is granted.


If a residence permit is granted, the applicant can travel to Iceland.  The procedures from the time a permit is granted until a residence permit card is issued are explained here.
If a residence permit is not granted, information on appeal procedure is explained here.


Useful information

General information on residence permits

Basic requirements for residence permits

Detailed requirements for residence permits

Information on application process and processing time

Processing fee, an application will not be processed until the fee has been paid.

Rights associated with residence permits

FAQ


Documents to be submitted

  1. Checklist for residence permits for children. Print both checklists and check them when gathering documents. Please include the completed lists with the application.
  2. Receipt for payment of processing fee (if the fee has been paid by bank transfer). The receipt must state clearly the name and birthdate of the applicant.
  3. Application for a residence permit, form must be original, completed and signed by the parent(s)/custodian(s).
  4. Passport size photo (35mm x 45mm)
  5. Copy of passport (does not need to be confirmed). The validity of the passport must be at least three months beyond the validity of the residence permit. The copy should be of the main page and the page with the applicant’s signature.
  6. Housing certificate or rental agreement. It must be shown that the custodian residing in Iceland is permitted to reside in the housing, unless he/she owns the property.
  7. Medical insurance. Applicants must submit a confirmation of insurance that is valid for at least six months, minimum coverage ISK 2,000,000, from an insurance company that is licensed to operate in Iceland, see here. If the custodian has resided in Iceland for over six months and is a member of the Icelandic social insurance system, no extra insurance is required for the child.
  8. Support must be secure for the residence period, see here. If the custodian is already residing in Iceland, he/she must show adequate financial support and a confirmation that he/she has supported the child financially for the past twelve months prior to applying for a residence permit. Such confirmation may be in the form of a bank statement or transfer receipts.
  9. Confirmed original of a foreign criminal record certificate if the child has reached the age of 15 (and a translation if applicable). The criminal record certificate shall not be older than six months. Criminal record certificates shall be submitted from all the states where the applicant has resided since he/she reached the age of 15. Note the requirement of the certification of the criminal record certification, i.e. apostille certification or double authentication, see here.


The following documentation must be confirmed by apostille stamp or double authentication if issued abroad. Confirmed copies of original documents must be submitted. The copy must be stamped by the competent authority that is authorized to do so.

  1. Confirmed copy of the original birth certificate of the child (and translation if applicable). It must be documented who are the parents of the child. The certificate must be issued by the applicable authority in the home country.
  2. Custody documentation, confirmed copy of original (and translation if applicable). Documents must be submitted showing clearly who has legal custody of the child. Only parents who have custody of the child may apply for the residence permit. The following documents may prove legal custody of a child:
  • Custody document.  Must be issued by the appropriate national regulatory authority, e.g. district commissioners or equivalent or the court system. The documents cannot be older than six months. If more than one individual has custody of the child, a confirmed copy of a notarized statement (affidavit) of the parent not residing in Iceland must be submitted, stating that the parent consents to the child residing in Iceland with the other parent.
  • Divorce document. If the child’s natural parents are divorced and the divorce document clearly states who has custody of the child, this is considered satisfactory.
  • Death certificate. If one of the child’s parent/custodian is deceased and the surviving parent/custodian has sole custody, a confirmed copy of the original death certificate is considered satisfactory confirmation of custody.
  1. Confirmed copy of the original certificate of marital status, if the child has reached the age of sixteen (and translation if applicable). If the child is sixteen years of age or older, a certificate of marital status has to be submitted.


Further documentation that may be submitted:

  • Power of attorney, original, witnessed by two adult witnesses. Note. A power of attorney needs not be submitted unless the parent(s)/custodian(s) wants someone else to receive information about the processing of the application by the Directorate.


It is the applicant‘s responsibility to submit the documents on the checklist. If all the required documents are not submitted with the application, this could result in delays in processing the application or in a denial. The Directorate of Immigration may request additional documents in some cases.


Renewal

An application for a renewal must be submitted at least one month before the current permit expires. If the application is submitted later, it is not considered to be a renewal, but a first permit.


Applicant must apply personally at the Directorate’s office or at the offices of District Commissioners. The applicant will be photographed and he/she must bring his passport.


If the applicant has reached the age of 18, but was originally granted a residence permit as a child, he/she can apply for a renewal on the same grounds, even if he/she is now an adult.  In order for such renewal the applicant must submit documentation on work or school attendance. See further below.


Documents that must be submitted for a child under the age of 18

  1. Checklist for renewals for children. Print the checklist and check it when gathering documents. Please include the completed list with the application.
  2. Application for a residence permit, form must be original, completed and signed by the parent(s)/custodian(s).
  3. Copy of passport (does not need to be confirmed). The validity of the passport must be at least three months beyond the validity of the residence permit. The copy should be of the main page and the page with the applicant’s signature.


Further documents that must be submitted by applicant who has reached the age of 18 and was originally granted a residence permit as a child

  1. Support. The applicant must show own support if he/she is working and not attending school. If the applicant is attending school, he/she may be supported by the former custodian(s), see further here.

Further documents, as applicable:

  1. Confirmation of school registration, if applicable. If the applicant is a student, it must be documented that he/she is registered in an approved field of study.
  2. Application for a work permit on grounds of family reunification, if applicable. If the applicant is working, he/she must submit an application for a work permit and employment contract. This is also applicable if the applicant intends to work along with attending school. Application for a work permit and the employment contract must be signed by the applicant and the employer.


Documents that may be submitted

  • Power of attorney, original, witnessed by two adult witnesses. Note. A power of attorney needs not be submitted unless the applicant wants someone other than him/her to receive information about the processing of the application by the Directorate.


It is the applicant‘s responsibility to submit the documents on the checklist. If all the required documents are not submitted with the application, this could result in delays in processing the application or in a denial. The Directorate of Immigration may request additional documents in some cases.