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The Directorate of Immigration, Skógarhlíð 6, 105 Reykjavik. 

The office is open Monday to Friday from 10.00 - 14.00

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Co-habiting partner of a qualified professional

According to section c, paragraph 2, Article 47, of Regulation on Foreigners no. 53/2003 an individual can be considered to be a co-habiting partner, and fall under paragraph 2, Article 13 of the Act on Foreigners no. 96/2002 if he/she has been in a registered co-habitation, or an otherwise verified co-habitation with his/her partner for a minimum of two years and plans to keep co-habiting with his/her partner.

A co-habiting partner of a qualified professional is permitted to stay in Iceland during the processing of his/her application for a residence permit.

Application may be submitted and paid for at the Directorate or at National Commissioners’ offices if the applicant is in Iceland, or paid for(see here) and sent by registered mail to the Directorate, Skógarhlíð 6, 105 Reykjavík, along with a receipt for the payment.

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.

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.

 

First application - documents needed:

If the applicant is in Iceland when he/she applies, a picture will be taken and shall bring his passport.

  1. An original application form, completed and signed by the applicant.
  2. One passport size photo (35mmx45mm).
  3. A photocopy of the applicant’s passport. The validity of the passport must be at least three months beyond the proposed permit.
  4. 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
  5. Medical Insurance. Insurance must cover at least 2.000.000 Icel.kr. and shall be issued by an insurance company authorized to provide services in Iceland. The insurance must be in effect for 6 months.
  6. Registered co-habitation. Verification of at least two years of co-habitation, registered or otherwise, in its original form.
  7. Certificate of marital status. When applying for a residence permit on the grounds of Co-habitation, both the applicant and the co-habitation partner must supply a certified original of a certificate of marital status, issued by the relevant authorities in their home countries.
  8. 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.
  9. Financial support. The applicant must show that he/she has sufficient means of financial support.
  10. Authorization. The applicant may grant an individual in Iceland authorization to enquire about his application (not a requirement for processing application).
  11. An application for a work permit on the basis of family reunification, if the applicant intends to work in Iceland, along with an employment contract, in its original form.

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.

Upon fulfilling those requirements the permit is issued and the residence card is sent to the applicant’s address. The date of issuance marks the official beginning of a foreigner‘s residence in Iceland.

 

Renewal - 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 partner 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.

  1. A completed original application form, signed by the applicant.
  2. A photocopy of the applicant´s passport. The validity of the passport must be at least three months beyond the proposed permit.
  3. Financial support. The applicant must show that he/she has sufficient means of financial support.
  4. Certificate from social services. The applicant needs to submit a certificate from the appropriate social services stating whether or not he/she has received financial aid.
  5. Housing Certificate. The applicant must prove that he has secure housing for the period of time he/she is applying for. The certificate must be signed by the homeowner and witnessed by two adults.
  6. Authorization. The applicant may grant an individual in Iceland authorization to follow up on his/her application (not a requirement for processing application).
  7. An application for a work permit on the basis of family reunification, if the applicant intends to work in Iceland, along with an employment contract, in its original form.
  8. Tax payment record. The applicant shall submit a statement from the applicable tax authority of payment of taxes for the past 12 months (if the applicant has had a working permit).