What are the complete and specific requirements for an Asian citizen who intends to immigrate to Iceland. I am seeking for professional and authentic guidance.

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    Have you visited Iceland's Multicultural and Information Centre site which has full details? mcc.is/english/extra/immigrate-to-iceland/non-eea
    – Giorgio
    Jul 24 '16 at 15:52
  • @Dorothy Yeah. I did visit that site before posting a question here.The information there is quite comprehensive and too detailed. What i want is a summary or brief information. Thank you Jul 24 '16 at 23:44
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    Well, you asked for "complete and specific requirements". Nevertheless, here's a summary: If you don't have family in Iceland, then you need a job in Iceland or intend to study full-time at an Icelandic university. Jul 25 '16 at 0:08

Fjölmenningarsetur, the Multicultural and Information Centre, offers an overview and checklist that citizens of non EEA/EFTA countries need when intended to immigrate to Iceland.

Citizens of states that are not member states of the EEA or EFTA agreements must apply for a residence permit at the Directorate of Immigration if they intend to stay in Iceland for longer than three months.

Basic conditions for a residence permit:

Secure support

The applicant must be able to show secure support and that means any of the following:

  • Employment wages or fixed regular payments.
  • Private funds (for example in a bank account).
  • Payments from other close members of family (if the applicant is a child under 18 or a parent 67 or older).

If support is in the form of employment wages or fixed regular payments you must present an employment contract, payslips or a certificate from the employer on job percentage and duration of employment.

If it is a question of private funds, which the applicant uses for support, they must be in a currency listed at the Central Bank of Iceland (www.sedlabanki.is). The same applies to student loans or education grants for students.

Information on reference for minimum support can be found on the Directorate of Immigration's website.

Secure housing

By secure housing it means that the applicant can establish that he can stay in a house, that is registered as a resident housing in the real estate registry, with the consent of the registered owner. The registered owner of a house must sign a form which confirms this

Health insurance

The applicant must buy a health insurance called medical expense insurance from an insurance company with an operating license in Iceland. The insurance must be valid for at least six months from the registration of a legal residence or until the person has gained the right to be medically insured in Iceland.

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