Residence Permit

Those who wish to apply for a residence permit (and work permit) in Iceland must have secured a job in Iceland and signed an employment contract. The employment contract must accompany the application which should be lodged before the applicant arrives in Iceland.


Application for a residence permit in Iceland is handled by the Directorate of Immigration and the Directorate of Labour. The applicant must submit the application and the applicable paperwork to the Directorate of Immigration, which forwards the application and the employment contract to the Directorate of Labour for processing.

Processing time

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 lengthen. The Embassy would like to advise those who wish to apply to act quickly and hand the application in as early as possible, as long as they have secured a job in the country.

Application fee

There is an application fee payable to the Directorate of Immigration. If the applicant is over the age of 18, the fee is 12.000 ISK. If the applicant is under the age of 18, the fee is 6.000 ISK

Link: Application fee

Further information

Please visit the website of the Directorate of Immigration in Iceland for detailed information on the application process, documentation needed, and which steps to take next in order to be given a residence and work permit.

Website: Directorate of Immigration

Link: General Information for non EEA and EFTA citizens. 

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