Remote Workers Visa

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What is remote work?

Remote work refers to the organization and delivery of work utilizing information technology, where the applicant will deliver their work to an operating location outside of Iceland. Holders of long-term visas for remote work are not allowed to work for local employers or in any other way participate in the Icelandic labor market. Such jobs require the issuance of a residence and work permit.

The holder of a long-term visa for remote work will not be issued an Icelandic ID number. The Directorate of Immigration may issue a long-term visa for remote work which is valid for a stay in Iceland for up to 180 days. A long-term visa for remote work also authorizes stays in other Schengen countries for up to 90 days over a 180-day period.

Who can be issued a long-term visa for remote work?

A foreign national, who wants to work remotely from Iceland as an employee of a foreign company.
A foreign national, who wants to work remotely from Iceland as a self-employed worker.

Who can be issued a long-term visa as a family member of a remote worker?

The spouse or cohabiting partner of a remote worker, if they are exempt from the visa requirement to enter Iceland.
The children of remote workers or their spouse/cohabiting partner, if they are younger than 18 years old and exempt from the visa requirement to enter Iceland.

For how long can a long-term visa for remote work be issued?

If applicants apply from their country of residence and do not arrive in Iceland until a decision has been made, a long-term visa can be issued for up to 180 days.
If applicants apply from their country of residence but enter the Schengen area before a decision is made, a long-term visa can be issued for up to 180 days less the number of days the applicant stays in the Schengen area before the issuance of the visa.
If applicants apply from within the Schengen area, a long-term visa can be issued for up to 90 days.


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Eligibility Requirements

6 Eligibility Requirements for Remote Workers Visa

  • The applicant is from a country outside the EU/EEA/EFTA.
  • The applicant does not need a visa to travel to Iceland.
  • The applicant has not been issued a long-term visa in the last 12 months by Icelandic authorities.
  • The purpose of stay is to work remotely from Iceland.
  • The applicant does not intend to reside in Iceland for the long term.
  • The applicant can show that his monthly income is equivalent to ISK 1.000.000 or ISK 1.300.000 if also applying for an accompanying spouse or cohabiting partner.

Document Requirements

8 Document Required for Remote Workers Visa

  • Payment receipt. Information about the applicant's name and date of birth ( must be included in the subject line with the payment.
  • Application for a long-term visa for remote workers and their family members. Please download and save on computer before filling out.
  • Passport photo (35x45mm), not older than 6 months.
  • Copies of passport. The validity of the passport shall be at least three months beyond the intended stay. Copies shall be of: 1) the personal information page, 2) the page showing the applicant’s signature, 3) all visas, 4) and all stamps showing the applicant’s travel to/from the Schengen area for the past 12 months.
  • Health insurance. If the applicant does not have insurance from an Icelandic insurance provider, they must submit detailed information about their insurance coverage while in Iceland/Schengen. The insurance policy must include information on where and for how long the insurance is valid.
  • Purpose of stay in Iceland. Confirmation from an employer that the applicant is allowed to perform their work remotely in Iceland if the applicant is an employee. Self-employed applicants must confirm that they are verifiably self-employed in the country in which they have permanent residence or work typically.
  • Income. Confirmation that income from remote working will correspond to ISK 1.000.000 per month. For example, an employee can present an employment contract with information on the monthly salary. A self-employed person can, for example, show a contract for the project(s) they intend to work on remotely and the agreed payment(s). Note, if also applying for a spouse or cohabiting partner the income for the remote work must correspond to ISK 1.300.000 per month.
  • Criminal record check. If necessary, the Directorate of Immigration may request a criminal record check.

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