November 12, 2020

Iceland Introduce a Remote Worker Program

Iceland joins a growing list of countries exploring the economic benefits of allowing foreign nationals to enter to live and work remotely for a period of time, if employed by a foreign company. It has amended its immigration regulations to permit visa-exempt nationals to work remotely from Iceland for up to six months. Applicants will need to prove they are employed by the foreign entity, and that they have sufficient income and health insurance.

The program will benefit eligible applicants, who will now be able to legally work in the country having entered under a long-term visa status. They will no longer be required to obtain further residency permissions or obtain an Icelandic identification number.

Those who are eligible will need to provide certain supporting documents in person to the immigration directorate, supplying evidence of employment with a foreign entity, sufficient income of at least ISK 1,000,000 per month for individual applicants and ISK 1,300,000 for those with a spouse, and adequate health insurance.

The new program currently only allows for a stay of up to six months under this status, however it is expected it may be extended in the future.

For further information on Iceland’s new remote worker route, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at immigration@sterlinglexicon.com. 

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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