The Directorate may grant permission for engaging a foreigner between the ages of 18-25 as a domestic help/au-pair in an Icelandic household.
The conditions for granting an au-pair residence permit are the following:
This type of permit is considered to be a cultural exchange which is neither categorized as a student nor a regular work permit. It is not expected that a foreigner will apply for this category to stay in the home of a family member, as that could hardly be considered to be the purpose of this type of permit.
Application may be paid for and sent by registered mail to the Directorate, Skógarhlíð 6, 105 Reykjavík, along with a receipt for the payment. The application must be approved before the applicant arrives in the country. If the applicant is present in Iceland when the application is submitted, it will not be processed until proof has been shown that he/she has left the country.
Estimated processing time for residence permit applications is 90 days from the date the Directorate has received adequate documentation. If supporting documents are missing or inadequate, the processing time will take longer. For further information, see here.
The au-pair permit is granted for a maximum of one year and is not renewable.
Au-pair permits do not count towards a permanent residence permit.
The following documentation must be submitted:
The Directorate requires that all foreign documentation issued in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages, must be translated by an accredited interpreter.
The Directorate reserves the right to ask for authentication of foreign documents, if necessary. Authentication can be either an „apostille“ from the applicant‘s home country, or a double authentication from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the home country and the Embassy of that country in Iceland, or the embassy accredited to Iceland (if the country does not have an embassy in Iceland). This applies to criminal record checks, marriage certificates, birth certificates and any other certificates submitted with an application for a residence permit in Iceland. Further information on apostille can be found on the website http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=text.display&tid=37
If the application is approved, an applicant who needs a visa shall obtain a D-Visa at the closest embassy issuing such visas on behalf of Iceland. The application must indicate in which embassy the applicant intends to collect the visa. Check here for a list of embassies.
After arriving in Iceland:
Most foreigners need to go for a medical checkup and deliver a Medical Certificate to the Directorate (see further exemptions and procedures from the Directorate of Health).
Appear at the Directorate’s office, or at the nearest District Commissioner’s office with his passport to be photographed.
Upon fulfilling those requirements the permit is issued and the residence card is sent to the applicant’s address.
The date of issuance marks the official beginning of residency in Iceland.