Aupair Visas

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Talent Migration


Foreign nationals from a country outside of the EEA and/or EFTA, who plans to stay in Iceland for more than three months, must have a valid residence permit.

A residence permit on grounds of au-pair placement is intended for an individual aged 18-25 who is interested in working as an au pair in Iceland.

Residence permits on grounds of au-pair placement are granted based on Art. 68 of the Act on Foreigners No. 80/2016.



12 months





Processing time

20-24 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Aupair Visas?

9 Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be aged 18-25 when application is submitted.
  • Applicant must not intend to take up residence in Iceland.
  • Applicant must have entered into a contract that meets the set requirements.
  • Applicant will live with a family where there is at least one adult person with Icelandic citizenship or a permanent residence permit.
  • Applicant must have no family ties (links) with the host family.
  • Applicant will receive pocket money for light household chores and caring for children, however, not wages for full work in the home.
  • Applicant must have valid insurance with an Icelandic insurance company or a foreign insurance company authorized to operate in Iceland.
  • Applicant must have not served a criminal sentence abroad during the last 5 years or been sentenced by a court of law for an offense which would be punishable by more than 3 months imprisonment, according to Icelandic law.
  • Applicant must have a passport valid at least 90 days beyond the estimated period of validity of the residence permit.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Aupair Visas?

9 Document Required

  • Payment receipt (if the application has been paid for at a bank). The name of the person for whom payment is being made must be clearly stated. List the name of the applicant, his/her date of birth as a reference.
  • Application for a residence permit. (Please download and save on computer before filling out). In original format, carefully filled out and signed by the applicant. (It is important that the applicant states his/her place of residence in Iceland. If the address is not stated when the application is made, the applicant must notify his/her place of residence within 2 weeks from the applicant’s date of arrival in Iceland (for example when being photographed).
  • Original written contract between an au pair and the host family. The contract must be submitted in triplicate to the Directorate of Immigration.
  • Passport photo (35x45mm).
  • Photocopy of passport. The period of validity must be at least 90 days beyond of the period of validity of the residence permit. This must include photocopies of the passport’s personal information page and the page containing the applicant’s signature.
  • Confirmed original of a foreign criminal record certificate. The criminal record certification must not be older than 6 months. A criminal record certificate must be submitted from all the countries where the applicant has lived for the last 5 years. (The criminal record certificate shall be issued by the highest appropriate authority in every country, i.e. the authority authorized to issue such a certificate). Note there is a requirement for apostille confirmation or double authentication.
  • Confirmed copy or original translation by an authorized translator of the criminal record certificate. Applies only if the foreign certificates are in other languages than English or the Nordic languages. Note there is a requirement of confirmation of translation if the translator is not an authorized translator in Iceland, i.e. apostille or double authentication.
  • Health Insurance: The applicant shall submit a certificate of insurance from an Icelandic insurance company or a foreign insurance company authorized to operate in Iceland. The insurance shall be valid for 6 months from the date of the applicant being registered in Registers Iceland and the coverage shall be at least IKR 2000,000.
  • Documents on support: The host family must prove satisfactory maintenance during the au pair’s period of stay in Iceland.

Talent Migration data for Iceland

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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