|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.
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.