Iceland Work Visa

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


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:

  1. Get the employment letter or Work contract from the employer in Iceland.

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

  3. 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.



12 months



86 Month(s)



90 (approx.)


P. Residency

60 Month(s)


Processing time

8-12 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Iceland Work Visa?

7 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport/travel document valid for at least 6 months.
  • You must possess the required skill/experience demanded by the job offered.
  • You need sufficient funds to cover your stay.
  • You need a job offer from an employer in Iceland.
  • You should be of good character and health.
  • You need valid travel insurance covering the entire period of stay.
  • Additional requirements may be present and will be guided to you by your employer.

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

9 Document Required

  • Visa application form, completed and signed.
  • Recent passport size photo.
  • Copies of work experience from previous employers.
  • Copies of job offer letter from an employer.
  • Copies of valid passport (like the bio page, past visas, etc.).
  • If you are not a national of your country of residence, please provide proof of your legal residency in this country (e.g. residence permit, etc.).
  • Character and health certificate (as applicable).
  • Copies of travel health insurance.
  • 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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