Relatives

Application for a residence permit on grounds of family reunification must be submitted at the Directorate of Immigration along with applicable supporting documents. Further information on application procedure can be found here.


Relatives of 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. The applicant has to be at least 67 years old and in direct line of ascent, i.e. parents and grandparents. The relative residing in Iceland must have supported the applicant financially for at least one year before the application is submitted.


Documentation showing the ties of the applicant to the relative in Iceland must be submitted, e.g. birth certificate(s).


The applicant may not be in Iceland while the application is being processed. 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 basic requirements and checklist for specific requirements. 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. Confirmed original of a foreign criminal record certificate. 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 for the past five years. Note the requirement of the certification of the criminal record certification, i.e. apostille certification or double authentication, see here.
  7. Housing certificate or rental agreement, unless the relative in Iceland owns the property.
  8. 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.
  9. Support must be secure for the residence period, see here. The relative residing in Iceland must show adequate financial support and a confirmation that he/she has supported the applicant 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.
  10. Confirmed copy of the original birth certificate of the relative residing in Iceland (and translation if applicable). The document must be confirmed by apostille stamp or double authentication if issued abroad. The copy must be stamped by the competent authority that is authorized to do so.


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 applicant wants someone else to receive information about the processing of the application by the Directorate.
  • Application for a work permit and employment contractOnly relatives of Icelandic citizens and their spouses, holders of permits as qualified professionals and permanent residence permits are allowed to work in Iceland. No others. Application for a work permit and the employment contract must be signed by the applicant and the employer.


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.


Documents that must be submitted

  1. Checklist for renewals. 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 applicant.
  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.
  4. Support must be secure for the residence period, see here.


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 applicant wants someone else to receive information about the processing of the application by the Directorate.
  • Application for a work permit and employment contractOnly relatives of Icelandic citizens and their spouses, holders of permits as qualified professionals and permanent residence permits are allowed to work in Iceland. No others. Application for a work permit and the employment contract must be signed by the applicant and the employer.


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.