Nordic citizens (citizens from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland) who wish to come to the Faroe Islands for educational programmes are free to reside and study in the Faroe Islands.
All other foreigners need a residence permit in order to study in the Faroe Islands.
There are three main categories of studies which can warrant a residence permit:
You can be granted a residence permit in order to follow a higher educational programme in the Faroe Islands.
Foreign students following a higher educational programme can be provided with a work permit, for parttime work, up to 15 hours a week. Work permit can be given foreign student to work full-time during june, july and august.
Normally, the term 'higher educational programme' is used when the conditions for admission into the programme require you to have completed upper secondary school or the equivalent.
Admission as a single-subject student or similar, or admission as a student is normally not regarded as admission to a higher educational programme. The same applies to language classes at a language centre, a municipal language school or similar institution.
Resident permit can be given temporarily a maximum of a year for students at basic and youth study programmes or similar programmes, unless particular circumstances are contrary to give a resident permit in that particular case.
In particular cases the resident permit can be extended for maximum one more year.
A resident permit can be provided for participation at a Folk High School or a similar course. The length of the permit is for the lenght of the course and a maximum of 1 year. The permit can be extended up til 18 months.
Scientists and lecturers are excepted from a work permit for a period of 3 months when invited to lecture or do similar work.
The Danish Immigration Service and the police stations in the Faroe Islands provide guidance for applicants.
Applications can be sent to:
Danish Immigration Service
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
Tel.: +45 35 36 66 00
Fax: +45 35 30 84 60
If the applicant is in the Faroe Islands when applying the application can be sent to:
Yviri við Strond 17
Tel.: +298 35 14 48
Fax: +298 35 14 49
If you are a citizen of a Nordic country, i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden, you are free to live, work and study in the Faroe Islands. Neither visa, residence permit nor work permit is required.
Citizens of Nordic countries can enter the Faroe Islands without a passport. However, they must be able to identify themselves upon request. A driving licence is valid form of identification.
All non Nordic nationals, including citizens of EU countries, must have a valid passport in order to enter the Faroe Islands.
Citizens from most countries outside EU must obtain a tourist visa for travelling to the Faroe Islands for up to 3 months.
The Faroe Islands are not part of Schengen, consequently people with Schengen visas need a special visa for the Faroe Islands. A visa for Denmark does not give the holder the right to enter the Faroe Islands unless it is stated in the visa.
Non Nordic nationals entering the Faroe Islands for a stay up to 3 months must have the required means for the stay and for the return journey.
Researchers and lecturers invited to teach or conduct similar activities in the Faroe Islands can work without a work permit, provided the duration of their stay does not exceed three consecutive months.
Further information on visa requirements: New in Denmark - The Official Portal for Foreigners.
For stays longer than three months researchers and research candidates must have a residence and work permit. This also applies to EU citizens.
The Faroe Islands and Denmark are two distinct travel areas. Therefore, a residence permit in Denmark does not carry with it the right to reside in the Faroe Islands.
Applications for a residence and work permit are processed by the Danish Immigration Service on consultation with the Faroese Immigration Office.
The application for residence and work permit in the Faroe Islands must be filed by the researcher and his or her employer together. The application form can be found here: FO/AR1
Processing time for correctly completed applications for residence and work permit is normally within 3 months.
Researchers must have a written job contract or job offer from a Faroese research institution specifying salary and employment conditions when applying for a permit. Normally, the job must be at least 20 hours/week. Salary and employment conditions must correspond to Faroese standards.
Researchers can be granted residence and work permit for up to three years, provided the duration of the job contract is at least three years. The permit can be extended if the conditions are still met, for a maximum of four years at a time.
If the researcher wants to change employment to another research institution during his or her stay in the Faroe Islands, he or she must apply for a new residence and work permit before starting working with the new employer.
Research candidates who have a Master´s degree can be granted a residence and work permit if they want to conduct research as part of their further education or career development at a Faroese research institute or company which provides the necessary facilities. Research candidates must be able to support themselves by their own means or through payment from research institutes or employers in their country of origin while staying in the Faroe Islands.
Research candidates can be granted a residence and work permit for up to three years, provided the duration of their contract with the Faroese research institute is at least three years. The permit cannot be extended beyond three years.
Researchers and research candidates can get permission to sideline work if the work is relevant to their main employment.
A spouse or cohabiting partner as well as children under the age of 18 of a non Nordic national who has been granted a residence and work permit in the Faroe Islands are also eligible for residence permits. Accompanying family members will be granted residence permit for the same period as the foreign national with a work contract in the Faroe Islands.
The foreign national must be able to support his family members and the family must live together in the Faroe Islands.
The spouse or cohabiting partner is allowed to work full-time for the entire period of his or her permit.
Accompanying family members of a foreign national who works or is to work in the Faroe Islands must complete the following application form: FO/FA8
A foreign resident in the Faroe Islands will lose his residence and work permit if he leaves the Faroe Islands for an extended period of time, or if he no longer maintains a residence in the Faroe Islands.