For a family reunification permit to be granted the basic requirements for a residence permit must be met. The requirements and the rights of residence permits on grounds of family reunification can differ, depending on the type of permit applied for.
- Icelandic citizens,
- Nordic citizens,
- foreign citizens who have a permanent residence permit,
- foreign citizens who have a temporary residence permit:
- as a qualified specialist,
- as an athlete,
- as a spouse or cohabiting partner,
- as a graduate or post-graduate student (only for spouse/patner and children),
- on grounds of international protection,
- on grounds of humanitarian views or
- on grounds of special ties to Iceland.
Family members of EEA/EFTA citizens may reside in Iceland if their residence is based on the rights of an EEA/EFTA citizen residing in Iceland. They must apply for a residence card at the Directorate of Immigration but not a residence permit based on family reunification.
- a spouse,
- a cohabiting partner,
- a child under the age of 18 in the custody and provided for by the relevant permit holder,
- a parent aged 67 or older and
- a parent of a child under the age of 18.
Others than those defined as closest relatives according to the Act on Foreigners cannot obtain a residence permit on grounds of family reunification.