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Temporary Residence Permits (1)

For Children (under the age of 18)

Custodial parents, who are resident in Iceland and have an unmarried minor (under the age of 18) in their care, may apply for a residence permit for the minor provided at least one parent is:

  • an Icelandic citizen

  • other Nordic citizen (see note below about EEA/EFTA citizens*)

  • a foreign national with permanent residence in Iceland

  • a foreign national whose temporary residence in Iceland is based on:

    • work as a qualified specialist

    • work as an athlete

    • marriage or cohabitation

    • studying as a graduate or post-graduate student

    • grounds of international protection

    • grounds of humanitarian views

    • grounds of special ties to Iceland

In order to apply for a minor, that minor must be in your custody and financially supported by you. Furthermore, the minor must live with you if the permit is approved. Note that in cases of joint custody, both custodial parents must sign the form.

The Directorate of Immigration provides the same form (common application) to apply for residence permits for children under 18, volunteers, missionaries, people with legitimate and special purposes and people with special ties to Iceland. So be aware that not all fields on the form will apply to you.

For more details on this kind of permit, please see the Directorate of Immigration.

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Common Application for Residence Permit

*Note that a citizen of an EEA/EFTA state may sponsor their minor children from outside the EEA/EFTA for a residence card instead of a residence permit.

For an Icelandic Citizen's Spouse or Cohabitating Partner

Adults (18 or older), who intend to live in Iceland with their spouse who is an Icelandic citizen or cohabitating partner who is an Icelandic citizen, may apply for a residence permit. Note that in the case of cohabitating partners, they must have been cohabitating for at least one year; for married couples there is no required minimum length of marriage. Otherwise the applications are identical.

The sponsoring spouse or cohabitating partner of the applicant must be an Icelandic citizen.

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Application for a Residence Permit for a Spouse or Cohabitating Partner of an Icelandic Citizen

For more details on this kind of permit, please see the Directorate of Immigration.

For a Foreign Citizen's Spouse or Cohabitating Partner

Adults (18 or older), who intend to live in Iceland with their spouse who is a foreign citizen or cohabitating partner who is a foreign citizen, may apply for a residence permit under certain circumstances (see below). Note that in the case of cohabitating partners, they must have been cohabitating for at least one year; for married couples there is no required minimum length of marriage. Otherwise the applications are identical.

The sponsoring spouse or cohabitating partner of the applicant must be:

  • a citizen of a Nordic country (besides Iceland)*

  • a foreign national with permanent residence in Iceland

  • a foreign national whose temporary residence in Iceland is based

    • on work as a qualified specialist

    • on work as an athlete

    • on studying as a graduate or post-graduate student

    • being a parent†

    • on grounds of international protection†

    • on grounds of humanitarian views†

    • on grounds of special ties to Iceland†

For more details on this kind of permit, please see the Directorate of Immigration.

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Application for Residence Permit for a Spouse or Cohabitating Partner of a Foreign Citizen

*Note that a citizen of a EEA/EFTA state may sponsor their spouse or cohabitating partner from outside the EEA/EFTA for a residence card instead of a residence permit.

†Note that a special requirement applies to these cases: the applicant's sponsoring spouse or cohabitating partner must have worked or studied in Iceland during a legal stay for the last four years before submitting an application unless an exemption is granted (for example, if it can be shown that the couple was married or cohabitating before the sponsoring spouse moved to Iceland, both partners had a valid residence permit when they married, they are expecting a child, etc.).

For Parents Age 67 and Older

Parents age 67 and older who have an adult child in Iceland may apply for a residence permit if the child is:

  • an Icelandic citizen

  • a citizen from another Nordic country*

  • a foreign national with permanent residence in Iceland

  • a foreign national whose temporary residence in Iceland is based on:

    • work as a qualified specialist

    • work as an athlete

    • marriage or cohabitation

    • grounds of international protection

    • grounds of humanitarian views

    • grounds of special ties to Iceland

For more details on this kind of permit, please see the Directorate of Immigration.

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Application for Residence Permit for Parents Age 67 and Older

*Note that a citizen from a EEA/EFTA state may sponsor their parents from outside the EEA/EFTA for a residence card instead of a residence permit.

For Students

Students aged 18 and older may apply for a residence permit provided they are:

  • enrolled full-time at an Icelandic school in undergraduate, graduate or doctoral (post-graduate) studies

  • as an exchange student at an Icelandic secondary school (in which case the age minimum does not apply)

  • in vocational training in Iceland

  • a doctoral student with a university abroad collaborating with an Icelandic university

  • a recent graduates looking for work (in which case the application must be processed as a renewal)

For more details on this kind of permit, please see the Directorate of Immigration.

Application for Residence Permit for Student

Other Temporary Residence Permits

Please see the Directorate of Immigration for information on other kinds of temporary residency permits, including permits:

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