Study time for Icelandic passport hopefuls

visasRegistration for Icelandic language exams for citizenship applicants begins on 1st March.

People applying for Icelandic citizenship can begin signing up for mandatory language tests from the 1st March. The tests will then take place on 31st May. Nearly 500 people sat the exams last time round.

According to a law which came into effect on 1st January 2009, applicants for Icelandic citizenship must first pass an Icelandic language test which take place twice a year. In December, the tests were taken by 476 individuals – mostly from the Philippines, Poland and Thailand.

Exam registration takes place online at www.namsmat.is along with further information on the location of the tests and example questions. The tests cost each applicant ISK 7,000 (USD 54) and come with a simple pass or fail – no percentage grades are given.

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