Iceland Student Visa

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


Foreign students who wish to study and reside in Iceland for more than 3 months, need to apply for a student visa (D visa). The D visa is usually issued for three months, but may also be issued for up to twelve months. After arriving in Iceland you have to apply for a residence permit within the 3 months which is valid for a year. As Iceland is a part of Schengen union so, holders of type D visas are permitted to circulate freely in Schengen countries (other than the issued country) for a period of not more than 90 days per half-year and only if the visa is valid.

Work during studies:

Working hours for non-EU students limits to 15 hours per week during studies.

The processing time for study visa may take from 6-12 weeks from the application day.

You may bring your spouse and kids with you.

The general application process is :

  1. Find a course in an approved educational institution of Iceland.

  2. Contact the university and initiate your application process.

  3. Find out the requirements from the university to get the acceptance/admission letter.

  4. Get the acceptance/admission letter from the university in Iceland.

  5. Prepare your visa application and gather other required documents for it.

  6. Apply for a student visa and prepare to move to Iceland.



more than 6 months



84 Month(s)





P. Residency

60 Month(s)


Processing time

6-12 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Iceland Student Visa?

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport/travel document valid for at least 3 months.
  • You need sufficient funds to cover your studies or a scholarship which confirms the payment of the tuition fees.
  • You must to be accepted/enrolled in a course of an approved university/college in Iceland.
  • You should be of good character and health.
  • You need a valid travel insurance covering the entire period of your studies in Iceland.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Iceland Student Visa?

9 Document Required

  • Visa application form, completed and signed.
  • Recent passport size photo.
  • Copies of valid passport (including the bio page, past visas, etc.).
  • Copies of criminal record certificate.
  • Copies of proof of financial means amounting to ISK 180, 550/ EUR 1,434 per month/scholarship to cover the studies.
  • Copies of travel health insurance.
  • Copies of enrollment letter from educational institute in Iceland.
  • Copies of secure housing certificate.
  • Visa fee payment receipt.

Talent Migration data for Iceland

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

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