|Child of the spouse of an Icelandic citizen|
A child is an Icelandic citizen at birth if its mother is an Icelandic citizen, or if its father is an Icelandic citizen and married to its foreign mother. (This is not the case if the parents are legally separated at the time of the child‘s conception). If the child is born abroad, it does not need a residence permit when moving to Iceland, but needs to be registered at Registry Iceland (Þjóðskrá).
If a single Icelandic man has a child with a foreign woman, the child can obtain Icelandic citizenship if:
a) the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights registers it as an Icelandic citizen upon proof of its paternity; or
An individual needs to be under the age of 18 to be regarded as a child under the Act on Foreigners no. 96/2002. A child needs to be supported by and in the custody of his/her family member in Iceland to fulfill the conditions set for a residence permit for a child. The applicant needs to have been supported by his/her family member in Iceland for a minimum of one year before he/she applies for a residence permit.
A child of the spouse of an Icelandic citizen is permitted to stay in Iceland during the processing of his/her application for a residence permit.
Application may be paid for and sent by registered mail to the Directorate, Skógarhlíð 6, 105 Reykjavík, along with a receipt for the payment. The application must be approved before the applicant arrives in the country.
Estimated processing time for residence permit applications is 90 days from the date the Directorate has received adequate documentation. If supporting documents are missing or inadequate, the processing time will take longer. For further information, see here.
This type of residence permit is usually issued for one year at a time.
This type of residence permit can count towards a permanent residence permit.
A child may work in Iceland notwithstanding who the employer is.
First application - documents needed:
The documents in no. 7, 8 and 9 are necessary to verify the age, custody and marital status of a child. These documents, along with other necessary documents, need to have been received by the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration before the child‘s 18th birthday according to paragraph 3, Article 47 of the Regulation on Foreigners no. 53/2003. Otherwise, the application will be processed as if an adult applied for a residence permit.
The Directorate requires that all foreign documentation issued in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages, must be translated by an accredited interpreter.
The Directorate reserves the right to ask for authentication of foreign documents, if necessary. Authentication can be either an „apostille“ from the applicant‘s home country, or a double authentication from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the home country and the Embassy of that country in Iceland, or the embassy accredited to Iceland (if the country does not have an embassy in Iceland). This applies to criminal record checks, marriage certificates, birth certificates and any other certificates submitted with an application for a residence permit in Iceland. Further information on apostille can be found on the website http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=text.display&tid=37
If the application is approved, an applicant who needs a visa shall obtain a D-Visa at the closest embassy issuing such visas on behalf of Iceland. The application must indicate in which embassy the applicant intends to collect the visa. Check here for a list of embassies.
After arriving in Iceland:
Most foreigners need to go for a medical checkup and deliver a Medical Certificate to the Directorate. (See further exemptions and procedures from the Directorate of Health).
Appear with his passport at the Directorate’s office, or at the nearest District Commissioner’s office to be photographed.
Having fulfilled the above-mentioned conditions the residence permit is issued and the residence permit card sent to the registered address. The date of issuance marks the official beginning of a foreigner‘s residence in Iceland.
Renewal for a child under the age of 18 - documents needed:
Application for renewal must be submitted at least one month before the current permit expires. If the conditions for renewal are fulfilled, a residence permit for a child is usually renewed for one year at a time.
Photograph: The applicant will be photographed when applying for a renewal and shall bring his passport.
Applicants who were issued residence permits as children (until the age of 18) have the option of extending the permit on the same grounds. On the other hand they will need to hand in documents of employment and/or studies.
Renewal for an individual over 18 years of age who works in Iceland - documents needed:
If the child of the spouse of an Icelandic citizen, that has reached the age of 18, is working, he/she needs to show that they can financially support themselves. They will need to show sufficient financial support for an individual according to the official and published table of financial support at each time.
Renewal for an individual over 18 years of age who studies in Iceland - documents needed:
A child of the spouse of an Icelandic citizen, that has reached the age of 18 can be exempt from showing that it can sufficiently financially support itself. This exemption is conditioned on the fact that the individual studies in Iceland and resides with the party that was its custodian before the individual reached the age of 18. That party may show that he/she has sufficient means to support themselves, other family members, and the individual over the age of 18 applying for an extension of their permit even though, according to Icelandic legislation, that party no longer has the legal obligation to financially support the individual concerned. Half of the minimum financial support for an individual needs to be shown and adequate financial support is measured by the official and published table of financial support at each time.
To be eligible for the abovementioned exemption, an applicant must provide the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration with the following documents: