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Leturstærð
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 utl@utl.is

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Qualified professional

General information:

In order to be issued a work and residence permit as a qualified professional, the applicant must have signed an employment contract with an employer for specified employment requiring specialized skills, not a short-term project.

Application shall be lodged prior to arrival in Iceland, according to the Act on Foreigners No. 96/2002. Arrival in the country is generally not allowed until application has been approved.

First application may be paid for and sent by registered mail to the Directorate, Skógarhlíð 6, 105 Reykjavík, along with a receipt for the payment.

Estimated processing time for applications is 90 days from the date of receiving adequate documentation. If supporting documents are missing or inadequate, the processing time will take longer (further).

Family reunification is permitted.

The permit is basis for a permanent residence permit. 

 

First application - documents needed:

  1. Application form, an original, completed and signed by the applicant.
  2. Application form for a work permit, qualified professional, a completed original, signed by the employer and the applicant.
  3. Employment contract, a completed original, signed by the employer and the applicant.
  4. One passport size photo (35mmx45mm).
  5. A photocopy of the applicant’s passport.  The validity of the passport must be at least three months beyond the proposed permit.
  6. Criminal Record Check, original.  The certificate must be issued by the country/countries where the applicant has resided for the past five years. Criminal Record Check must be dated no earlier than 6 months prior to being submitted to the Directorate. Please note that individuals who have resided in the U.S.A. or Canada during the past five years, intending to apply for a residence permit in Iceland, must submit a Criminal Record Check based on fingerprints issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S.A. and/or by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada. Instructions on how to apply for a FBI criminal record check is available on the website http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1201.html and for RCMP criminal record check on the website http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/fing-empr2-eng.htm.
  7. Medical Insurance.  Confirmation from an insurance company authorized to provide services in Iceland that the applicant has purchased medical insurance covering at least 2.000.000 Icel.kr. valid for the first 6 months of stay in Iceland. 
  8. Authorization.  The applicant may grant an individual in Iceland authorization to follow up on his/her application (not a requirement for processing application).
  9. Housing Certificate.  The applicant must prove that he/she has secure housing for the period of time applied for. The certificate must be signed by the homeowner and witnessed by two adults.


All foreign documentation issued in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages, must be translated by an accredited interpreter.

The Directorate may ask for authentication of foreign documents. 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. Further information on apostille can be found on the website http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=text.display&tid=37

If the permit is granted, 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.


The permit is issued and the card sent to the applicant’s address when medical certificate has been submitted and the photograph taken.

The date of issuance marks the official beginning of residency in Iceland.


 

Renewal - documents needed:

Photograph: The applicant will be photographed when applying for a renewal and shall bring his passport.

  1. Application form, original, completed and signed by the applicant.
  2. Application form for a work permit, qualified professionals, a completed original, signed by the employer and the applicant.
  3. Employment contract, a completed original, signed by the employer and the applicant.
  4. A photocopy of the applicant´s passport.  The validity of the passport must be at least three months beyond the proposed permit.

Please note– The Directorate reserves the right to ask for other documents if necessary, such as original documents, certificate from social services or tax payment records.


If application for renewal is not submitted at least one month before the current permit expires, the applicant has to leave the country while the application is processed and the application is not considered a renewal, but as a first permit.