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Permanent Residence Permit

You can apply for a permanent residency permit if you have lived in Iceland for four years on a temporary residency permit that creates the eligibility for permanent residency.

The following temporary residence permits create eligibility to apply for a permanent residence permit:

  • work requiring expert knowledge

  • shortage of workers

  • athletes

  • family reunification (for spouses, cohabitating partners, children, parents, etc.)

  • international protection

  • humanitarian views

  • special ties to the country

  • student (with limitations)

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Application for a permanent residence permit

For more detailed information on this kind of permit please see the Directorate of Immigration.

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