A spouse and child of a refugee, as well as the parents and siblings of an unaccompanied refugee child, are entitled to international protection and a residence permit based on family reunification with a refugee in Iceland.
Individuals granted international protection due to family reunification with a refugee will have the same rights and obligations as the refugee with whom they are reunited in Iceland. They will be defined as a refugee according to Icelandic law and international agreements and can therefore not travel back to their home country/-ies without the risk of the international protection and residence permit in Iceland being revoked.
Other family members or relatives, such as adult siblings, cousins, nieces, or nephews, are not entitled to family reunification with a refugee.
The right to refugee family reunification does not extend to relatives of individuals granted a residence permit on humanitarian grounds in connection with their application for international protection. Their immediate relatives can apply for a general residence permit based on family reunification.
Applications for residence permits and international protection
International protection for child of a refugee
International protection for sibling of an unaccompanied refugee child
International protection for parent of an unaccompanied refugee child