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How to apply for a residence or work permit

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Before you apply

If you want to work, seek family reunification, or stay in Denmark longer than 90 days (e.g. for study purposes), you should apply for a residence permit.

You apply for a residence permit through either the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

To read more about the different kinds of residence permits, which one to apply for, and how to apply, go to the Danish Immigration Service and The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI)’s website.

Documentation

Once you have submitted your application and paid the fee to either the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), you will receive a case order ID. Make sure to hand in the case order ID along with the required documentation and your biometrics.

The fee to either the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration does not include the services provided by the Danish mission.

When you apply for a residence or work permit for Denmark, you will have to supply documentation and biometrics for your application. If you live outside Denmark, and will have to supply documentation and biometrics abroad, you will have to pay a fee to the Danish mission handling your application. You can read more about payment for services provided by the Danish Foreign Service here.

You pay the embassy fee through the webshop.

If you choose to hand in your application for residence permit at a location where Norway represents Denmark, please be aware of the Norwegian fees listed here. Furthermore, please note that payment of the Norwegian fee should not be done at the webshop.

Handing in your documentation and biometrics

After you have applied via the Danish Immigration Service or Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) and paid the embassy fee online, you should hand in your documentation, case order ID, passport, and biometrics. Please refer to the page "Where to Apply" when determining where to hand in your documentation.
For more information on biometric features, please click here

Please note that besides the fee to the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) and the embassy fee, there is an additional service fee if you hand in your application at a Visa Application Centre (VFS).

The Danish mission may ask for further documentation on behalf of the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) as well as request a personal interview at the Danish mission or at the Visa Application Centre (VFS) after you have handed in your application, documentation, and biometrics.
Please note that your supporting documents and passport will be kept at the mission during the case processing time. 

Handling time

Processing time at the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) varies according to the type of residence permit applied for:

Danish Immigration Service processing times

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) processing times

Decision

Once the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has reached a decision in your case, the Danish mission will contact you on their behalf.

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