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  4. Work permit for hiring expats via PEO
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Using A PEO Service With Immigration Support With Expat Hiring In Iceland

Looking to hire expatriate personnel for international assignments in Iceland? This is a loaded process to go through, including finding ways to:

  • Stay compliant with Icelandian immigration laws
  • Have all the necessary documents for work permit sponsorship
  • Effectively manage employment and payroll when your team has their visas

Compounding the issue is that a lot of expat workers generally go into Iceland to handle shorter projects. So it doesn’t make much sense to set up your own subsidiary to arrange local payroll for your employees. Instead, you may want to take a look at a simpler solution.

For those that want to hire and pay expats in Iceland, that means enlisting a global PEO that includes work permit support. This saves your company the headache of trying to incorporate in a new country. Your new PEO partner will provide all the guidance you need to handle Icelandian immigration procedures to get your team their visas/permits. After that, they can also help with onboarding and payroll for your expat team.

Acumen International has provided this service for our clients’ expatriate personnel in Iceland, both for short- and long-term projects. We offer a compliant and fast way to get your team on the ground and working. No matter your timeline or business goals, Acumen International offers end-to-end work permit support and ensures full compliance with local labor legislation in Iceland and 189 other countries.

Curious as to the best matches for Acumen’s work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution? These include:

  • Employer companies that plan to relocate, hire, and utilize expat workers in Iceland.
  • Seasoned professionals that have already found an employer to finance their immigration and foreign employment, but just need to simplify the process.
  • Businesses planning to hire highly-skilled expats and send them to fill top positions in Iceland.

A side note, you may not realize that by partnering with a single provider to handle both expat employment and work permit sponsorship, it’s a lot less likely your visas will be rejected. Our global immigration support will also save you time from trying to understand and navigate the different international rules and regulations.

Compared to other global PEO services, Acumen provides added benefits outside of a work permit if you have personnel on international assignments in Iceland. These include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Office rent
  • Dependant relocation
  • Housing
  • Mobile phone/car provision for meetings

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals looking to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Iceland takes between 7 to 30 working days to process a Iceland work permit.


Major steps to get a work permit in Iceland

Iceland belongs to the Schengen region. This allows citizens of the EU/EEA and some other countries to travel to Iceland without a visa; visit the Útlendingastofnun website for a list of these countries. However, you should keep in mind that this only applies to short-term visits, like business trips or vacations.

If you are not an EU/EEA citizen or are moving to Iceland to work, you will need a valid residence and work permit as well as a visa. Generally, there are two types of Schengen visa for nationals of non-EU/EEA countries which enable free movement between all countries within the Schengen Zone: the C-visa applies to tourists who visit Iceland for up to 90 days, while the D-visa applies to expats who will be studying, working or living permanently in Iceland.


Documents for work permit in Iceland, main applicant

Type of documents
an application form, completed and signed by you
an application form for a qualified-professional work permit, completed and signed by you and your employer
an employment contract
one passport-size picture
a copy of your passport
a criminal record check, issued by the country in which you have resided for the past five years
proof of medical insurance
authorization for an individual in Iceland to follow up on your application
a housing certificate proving that you have secured a place to live

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Iceland without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Iceland.

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