Changes Proposed To Law On Foreigners

Published January 17, 2013

Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson has spelled out some of the changes he wants to see made to Iceland’s law on foreigners.
The minister, in an article he wrote for DV, announced that last Friday, the ruling coalition had approved a bill on immigration law.
First, the bill could empower foreign students coming to Iceland with the right to bring their children with them for the duration of their studies. For this, Ögmundur cites the United Nations directive on the rights of families to stay together, regardless of their country of residence. This bill would also make the right to a permanent residence permit bound to a particular individual. As it is now, if an immigrant changes their living situation – such as by getting married – this will not necessarily be factored in to the decision to grant permanent residency.
Some of the greater changes proposed in the bill concern asylum seekers. If passed into law, the bill would do away with arresting and charging refugees who come to Iceland with false passports. The time period for processing an asylum seeker application would be set at a maximum of six months. If, for whatever reason, the process takes longer than 18 months, the asylum seeker would be granted a residence permit on humanitarian grounds. The bill would also create an independent committee for those applying for residence in Iceland as asylum seekers. Similar committees, Ögmundur points out, already exist in Denmark and Norway.
This bill has yet to be voted on by parliament.



News
Fitch Revises Iceland’s Outlook to Positive

Fitch Revises Iceland’s Outlook to Positive

by

Fitch Ratings has revised Iceland’s outlook to Positive from Stable and affirmed the IDRs at ‘BBB’ and ‘BBB+’, respectively, reports

News
The Páll Óskar Exhibition Opening Today

The Páll Óskar Exhibition Opening Today

by

An exhibition at the Icelandic Museum of Rock n’ Roll honouring Icelandic pop artist Páll Óskar will open its doors

News
PHOTOS: Fencing at Reykjavík International Games

PHOTOS: Fencing at Reykjavík International Games

by and

The Reykjavík International Games Fencing competition took place on January 24 & 25 at the Fencing Centre in Laugardal. This

News
PHOTOS: Uphill Duel Cycling at Reykjavík International Games

PHOTOS: Uphill Duel Cycling at Reykjavík International Games

by and

The Uphill Duel cycling competition took place on January 23 in downtown Reykjavík. Cyclists duelled each other and the weather

News
PHOTOS: Reykjavík International Games: Gymnastics

PHOTOS: Reykjavík International Games: Gymnastics

by and

The Reykjavík International Games Gymnastics competition took place on January 25 at Laugaból. Competitors dazzled the judges with impressive displays of

News
Photos: Reykjavík International Games: Bowling

Photos: Reykjavík International Games: Bowling

by and

The Reykjavík International Games Bowling competition completed on January 25 at Egilshöll. Bowling is a relatively new addition to the

Show Me More!