Qualified professional residence (with contract)

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


A residence permit may be granted based on specialized work for an employer who does not have its premises of operation in Iceland. The requirement is a collaboration contract on educational, academic or scientific work or service contract between a foreign service undertaking and an Icelandic user enterprise. 




6 months



84 Month(s)





P. Residency

48 Month(s)


Processing time

20-24 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Qualified professional residence (with contract)?

9 Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a non EEA/EFTA country citizen.
  • Applicant must be older than 18 years old.
  • Applicant must not fall under other categories of residence permits or do not meet their requirements.
  • Applicant must have special ties to Iceland according to the Act and Regulation on Foreigners.
  • Applicant must have an employment contract, signed by both the applicant and the employer. The contract must state the applicant’s wages and terms of employment, and must fulfill the statutory minimum wage terms.
  • Applicant must apply for the work permit in order to proceed with the residence permit.
  • Applicant must have a 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 have a passport valid at least 90 days beyond the estimated period of residence permit.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Qualified professional residence (with contract)?

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).
  • Passport photo (35x45 mm)
  • Photocopy of passport: The period of validity must be at least 90 days beyond 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 presented 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 (see insurance companies) or a foreign insurance company authorized to operate in Iceland (see foreign insurance companies). 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.
  • Application for temporary work permit for qualified professionals on grounds of collaboration or service contracts, in original format, signed both by the applicant and the employer, and confirmed by the relevant trade union.
  • Employment contract, in original format, signed by both the applicant and the employer. The contract must state the applicant’s wages and terms of employment, and must fulfill the statutory minimum wage terms.

Talent Migration data for Iceland

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

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