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Icelandic Directorate of Immigration, Skogarhlid 6, 105 Reykjavik
Opening hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Telephone hours for lawyers and case handlers:
Residence permits and visas:  Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Legal questions, residence permits:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Legal questions, asylum:  Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Icelandic citizenship:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12. p.m.
Please send all general questions by e-mail to


Application processing time

Application processing time is 90 days. Please note that this is average processing time.

What can you do to ensure that your application will be processed quickly?

carefully fill out the application and deliver it to the Directorate
make sure that all documentation is in order

It is better to hand in the application when all documentation is ready. An application that is handed in with all documentation in order is given priority.

The following is a list of documents that , when handed in, need to be originals or notarized copies:

Criminal Record. Please note that individuals, who have resided in the U.S.A. during the past five years, intending to apply for a residence permit in Iceland, must submit a Criminal Record Check issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Instructions on how to apply for a FBI criminal record check is available on the website
Custody Documents
Birth Certificate
Divorce Decree
Medical Certificate
Marriage Certificate
Certificate of Documented Cohabitation
Death Certificate

If sufficient documentation is not submitted the application processing time will unavoidably be considerably longer.