Iceland Visa Details

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As of our last update, Iceland, being a part of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Schengen Agreement, has its own rules and regulations regarding work and residence permits for non-EEA nationals. Here's an overview of the types of work permits available to foreigners in Iceland:


1.Work Permit for Qualified Professionals: This is for experts, athletes, artists, and other professionals. The employer in Iceland usually initiates the application, and there are specific criteria that the applicant must meet.

2. Work Permit Due to Shortage of Workers: In cases where there's a shortage of workers in a particular field in Iceland, permits may be granted to non-EEA nationals.

3. Work Permit for Athletes and Coaches: Specifically tailored for those involved in sports.

4. Work Permit for Temporary Assignments: This can include situations like assembly and installation tasks, training or other tasks which are temporary by nature.

5. Work Permit for Seasonal Work: Intended for work that is only performed at certain times of the year, for example, in agriculture or tourism.

6. Work Permit for Students: Non-EEA students in Iceland might be granted a work permit to work part-time alongside their studies.

7. Work Permit for Interns: This is designed for internships, which are part of educational programs.

8 .Work Permit for Trainees: For individuals receiving training or gaining professional experience.

9. EU/EEA and EFTA Citizens: Citizens from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries do not need a work permit to work in Iceland. However, if their stay exceeds three months (and for work, this is typically the case), they should register their right of residence.

10. Family Reunification: Family members of a foreign worker who has a valid residence permit based on employment might also be eligible for a residence permit, which would allow them to work.

11.Tie-in with Residence Permits: Some residence permits come with the right to work. For instance, individuals with a residence permit based on familial ties may have the right to work without obtaining a separate work permit.


These categories provide a general overview of the types of work permits available in Iceland. The exact requirements, validity periods, and other specifics can vary by category. As always, it's essential to consult the official website of the Directorate of Immigration in Iceland or engage with an immigration expert for the most accurate and up-to-date information.