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Other reasons for moving to Iceland

If you intend to stay in Iceland longer than three months and you are a citizen of a country that is not an EEA/EFTA member state, you need a residence permit.

 

The Directorate of Immigrants issues the residence permit. In addition to basic requirements the residence permit applied for must be in accordance with the purpose of the applicant´s stay in Iceland.

Special ties

Granting a residence permit on grounds of the applicant´s special ties to Iceland is permissible. A residence permit on these grounds is only granted in exceptional instances and consideration must be made in every instance as to whether an applicant may receive a residence permit.

 

Requirements, further information on documents to be submitted and an application form can be found on the website of the Directorate of Immigrants.

Au pair

If you intend to stay in Iceland longer than three months and you are a citizen of a country that is not an EEA/EFTA member state, you need a residence permit.

 

The Directorate of Immigrants issues the residence permit. In addition to basic requirements the residence permit applied for must be in accordance with the purpose of the applicant´s stay in Iceland.

 

A residence permit on grounds of au-pair placement is for an individual aged 18-25. Applicant´s date of birth is decisive, and an application submitted before the applicant´s 18 years birthday or after his/her 25 years birthday will be rejected.

 

Requirements, further information on documents to be submitted and an application form can be found on the website of the Directorate of Immigrants.

Volunteer

If you intend to stay in Iceland longer than three months and you are a citizen of a country that is not an EEA/EFTA member state, you need a residence permit.

 

The Directorate of Immigrants issues the residence permit. In addition to basic requirements the residence permit applied for must be in accordance with the purpose of the applicant´s stay in Iceland.

 

Residence permits for volunteers are for persons older than 18 who intend to work for non-governmental organizations (NGO) on charity and humanitarian issues. Such organizations must be non-profit organizations and tax exempt. The general assumption is that the organizations in question operate in a global context.

 

Requirements, further information on documents to be submitted and an application form can be found on the website of the Directorate of Immigrants.

 

Missionary

If you intend to stay in Iceland longer than three months and you are a citizen of a country that is not an EEA/EFTA member state, you need a residence permit.

 

The Directorate of Immigrants issues the residence permit. In addition to basic requirements the residence permit applied for must be in accordance with the purpose of the applicant´s stay in Iceland.

 

Residence permits for missionaries are for persons older than 18 who come to Iceland with a religious purpose for a religious society or the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland.

 

Requirements, further information on documents to be submitted and an application form can be found on the website of the Directorate of Immigrants.

 

Legitimate and special purpose

If you intend to stay in Iceland longer than three months and you are a citizen of a country that is not an EEA/EFTA member state, you need a residence permit. The Directorate of Immigrants issues the residence permit.

 

A residence permit on grounds of legitimate and special purpose is intended for an individual, 18 years of age or older, who does not meet the requirements for other residence permits. The permit is granted in exceptional instances and only when special circumstances exist.

 

Requirements, further information on documents to be submitted and an application form can be found on the website of the Directorate of Immigrants.

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