After arriving to the country (FS)

Medical examination

In many cases the applicant must undergo a medical examination and submit a doctor's certificate to the Directorate of Immigration. Those who submit a foreign doctor's certificate less than three months old, which is considered satisfactory by an Icelandic doctor, do not need to undergo a medical examination in Iceland.

Residents from EEA states (other than Romania and Bulgaria), Switzerland, the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and New Zealand are neither required to submit a doctor's certificate nor undergo a medical examination. Further information can be found on the Multicultural and information Centre's website  (www.mcc.is/heilsa/laeknisskodun).

Photography

A foreign national must attend photography at the Directorate of Immigration or the nearest district commissioner. A passport must be submitted. Photography should take place as soon as the foreigner arrives and no later than when the medical examination takes place. 

Residence permit card

A residence permit card is issued as soon as the Directorate of Immigration has received a doctor's certificate and the photography has taken place. The residence permit card is a confirmation of the cardholder's legal residence. The beginning of stay is determined by the issuing date of the card. 

Residence certificate

A citizen of a non-EEA or EFTA state who is a relative of an EEA or EFTA citizen applies for a residence certificate at the Directorate of Immigration. When applying he must among other things submit a passport, confirmation of family relations, attend a photography at the Directorate of Immigration and could also be made to undergo a medical examination (www.mcc.is/heilsa/laeknisskodun).

When a relative of an EEA or EFTA citizen fulfils all the necessary requirements a residence certificate is issued which is sent to the applicant's residence, and that address becomes his legal residence. The beginning of stay is determined by the issuing date of the certificate. 

Transfer of legal residence within Iceland

If you need to move legal residence between places in Iceland you must fill out the form "Notification on movement domestically". The form can be found on the website of the Icelandic National Registry or at the offices of the municipalities.

It is possible to fill out the form online and send it electronically or print it out, sign it and submit directly to the Icelandic National Registry (via post or fax) or at the offices of the municipalities.

Registration from the country

A foreign national who returns to permanent residence in another country must register out of the country by filling out a notification of transfer at the Icelandic National Registry. The form can be found at the offices of the municipalities and the website of the Icelandic National Registry (http://www3.fmr.is/pages/1031).

It is possible to fill out the form online and send it electronically or print it out, sign it and submit directly to the Icelandic National Registry (via post or fax) or at the offices of the municipalities.

Return – expired permit

A foreigner who intends to resume permanent residence in Iceland must fulfil the same requirements as when he first arrived to the country.

Important items regarding id. number and legal residence:

 
  • The Directorate of Immigration handles getting an id. number for the applicant of a residence permit.

  • If a foreigner needs an id. number for other purposes than obtaining a residence permit an institution/company must apply for an id. number for him.
  • A foreigner cannot apply for an id. number for himself.
  • When a residence permit card / residence certificate has been issued the foreigner has a legal residence registered in the National Registry.
  • A foreigner has no residence permit related rights in Iceland until he has had issued a residence permit card / residence certificate.