This is Part 2 of an ongoing series emigrating to Iceland.

Here is some excellent information I just found at a UK Prospect Website.

Iceland : Visa and immigration

Do I need a visa or work permit?

Most EU nationals do not need a visa or work permit. There are restrictions, however, on citizens from the new EU accession countries, Romania and Bulgaria. These citizens should check with the Icelandic Embassy to find out what visa is required.

Most citizens of EU countries may stay and work in Iceland without a permit for up to three months or if searching for employment may stay for up to six months. If they intend to stay for longer a resident permit must be applied for, which is usually granted automatically to EU citizens.

In addition to this, for a stay of over three months you need to submit a notice of moving to register your legal domicile. You or your employer should contact the municipal authorities.

Citizens of non-EU member countries may need a visa and/or a work permit.

More information can be found at the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.

How do I apply for a visa?

British and most other EU passport holders do not require a visa.

If you are from a non-EU country, contact the Icelandic Embassy in the country where you are currently residing. If you are in the UK, go to the Embassy of Iceland.

You might also find it helpful to contact your ministry of foreign affairs (or your own embassy if you are not living in your home country) to ask whether there are any issues to be taken into account when considering working in Iceland.

How do I apply for permanent residency?

A foreigner who has resided in Iceland continuously for the preceding three years, holding an unconditional residence permit and who has taken courses in Icelandic for foreigners, may apply for a permanent residence permit. Applications for permanent residence permits are available from the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration .

Citizens of EU countries who come to Iceland for the purpose of study, need a residence permit if staying longer than three months.

I’ll post any and all information as I obtain it.

“I tremble for my country when I realize God is just.” -Mr. Jefferson

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