Foreigners who wish to take up employment in Iceland, need to apply for a work permit followed by a long stay D visa. Applications for work permits must be submitted, including the necessary supporting documentation, to the Directorate of Immigration who then forwards the application to the Directorate of Labour, if the conditions for the issuing of a residence permit for the relevant foreign national are met. Usually, within the first 3 months upon arrival at Iceland, you need to register and can apply for a residence permit on the basis of this visa.
Processing time for this visa can take 180 days.
You can bring your spouse and kids with you.
The general application process is:
Get the employment letter or Work contract from the employer in Iceland.
Prepare your visa application and gather other required documents for it.
Apply for a long stay D visa and prepare to move to Iceland.
As Iceland is a part of Schengen Union, you are authorised to travel to another Schengen State for a total period not exceeding 3 months in a 6-month period, starting from the date of your first entry on to the Schengen territory, always provided that you meet the entry conditions and have not been reported by the Schengen state into whose territory you are traveling.
7 Eligibility Requirements
9 Document Required
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