Iceland is a beautiful place to visit, but it’s also a great place to work.
Getting a work visa can be challenging if you’re looking for a new job and want to live in a Nordic country.
But with some preparation and patience, it’s possible!
In this guide, we’ll go through everything from deciding which visa is right for you to completing the paperwork so your employer can hire onsite —without any delays or drama.
Decide which visa you need.
The first step to getting a work visa in Iceland is to decide what kind of visa you need.
There are several types of work visas, each with its requirements.
You can apply for a work visa before arriving in Iceland or after arriving on your tourist or business license (if applicable).
If you plan on working as an employee, then it’s best to contact the embassy of your home country before coming over and applying for your visa.
This will allow them time to process all their paperwork and ensure that everything is ready when it comes time for them to approve said application!
Make sure you’ll be able to get an Iceland Work Visa.
Before you apply for a work visa, make sure you’ll be able to get a work permit.
This is because Iceland does not have an open immigration policy and only allows entry if jobs are available for immigrants.
You must prove that you can support yourself in Iceland and that your job offer is legitimate.
Get your passport and ID documents in order.
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you plan to leave Iceland. If it’s not, you’ll need to get a new one before applying for a work visa.
- Take a copy of both documents with you when going through the application process at an embassy or consulate abroad, as well as when applying for a Schengen visa (which will allow entry into multiple countries) within Europe itself; these copies can serve as proof that everything has been submitted during this process and that no discrepancies exist between what was entered on paper and what was done online once accepted by authorities abroad (e.g., they may ask questions about why there are two different names listed under one spouse’s name).
Start learning some Icelandic!
- Learn some basic Icelandic phrases.
- Learn how to ask for directions and help.
- Learn how to ask for a meal or drink and where you can find those places in the city centre. You’ll also want to know what they’re called in English (e.g., café) so that you can say “I’d like an ice cream” without having any idea what it means! And last but not least, you’ll need some way of asking someone else if they’re busy or available (“Do you have time?”).
Make sure your qualifications will make you competitive in the job market.
Make sure your qualifications are relevant to the job you want.
A position that pays $20/hour doesn’t must any specific education or experience, so it’s not worth pursuing.
Ensure your qualifications align with the job market in Iceland and abroad.
There are many jobs available in Iceland that don’t require any particular level of education or training. But, they’re still challenging to get if you don’t have them—and if you do have them but aren’t willing to work hard enough for them, then there could be better opportunities elsewhere!
Get required medical tests finished.
Once your employer has permitted you, it’s time to get the medical tests done. You will have to visit a doctor or hospital in Iceland and pay for these tests yourself.
The first thing that needs to be done is to make sure that you can get the results back in time so they can be translated into English and sent back to your employer as soon as possible! This way, they can review them themselves before sending them over (or whatever else).
Get ready to go through the application process with your employer.
Now that you’ve decided to work in Iceland, it’s time to get your visa.
- Make sure you have all the documents needed for a work permit. This includes:
- An offer letter from your employer confirming employment (or proof of other jobs)
- A copy of your passport or ID card
- Ensure a job is available before applying for a visa because otherwise, you’ll have no right to be here—which could lead to deportation!
Even though getting a work visa may seem challenging, it’s not impossible.
Even though getting a work visa may seem challenging, it’s not impossible. The key is ensuring you’re qualified for the job you want and that you can get everything else in place.
- If your company wants to hire you, it needs to pay at least $2,000 monthly in wages and other compensation (like health insurance). They will also need to provide proof of this money being paid before they send out your visa application. This means having a bank or an expense account where they can deposit their paychecks so that their employer knows where the funds are coming from when making payroll each month.
- You’ll also need documents showing that you have enough money available for yourself while working abroad—it’s best if these include both savings accounts at home, as well as any investments held overseas by anyone else who lives with them: parents/family members who might want one parent out of town during vacation time; significant others who might want some alone time away from each other after long work days spent together every day since birth!
The Last Word
If you’re ready to tackle the challenge of getting a work visa in Iceland, follow our guide, and you’ll be on your way!