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Residence and work permits

Residence permits are needed for stays longer than 3 months, and work permits are needed if you want to work or study in Denmark.

How to apply for residence/work permits and what documentation is required

Information about the rules governing residence and/or work permits for Denmark and about the necessary documentation to be handed in together with your application can be found on the website of the Danish Immigration Service.

Where to apply for residence/work permits
For information about where to apply for residence and work permit to Denmark, please see 'Where to apply'.

Residence cards with biometric features
If you are granted at residence permit in Denmark, it will be given in the form of a residence card with biometric features (facial image and fingerprints) and signature stored on a microchip embedded in the card. The residence card is documentation that you hold a residence permit in Denmark.

Giving biometric data when you submit your application in person
You must have your biometric features and your signature recorded when submitting your application if you submit it in person at a Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) or at an outsourcing agency which receives applications on behalf of a Danish diplomatic mission. 

If you refuse to have your biometric features and your signature recorded, your application will be refused by the Danish authorities that process applications for residence and/or work in Denmark.

Hand in photos if you submit the application for residence/work permit at a Norwegian mission representing Denmark
If you submit your application in person at a Norwegian diplomatic mission with which Denmark has a representation agreement, you must submit two facial photos and show valid ID. If you are granted a residence permit later, you must have your biometric features recorded within a certain period of time after entering Denmark.

If you refuse to submit two facial photos to the Norwegian diplomatic mission in connection with submitting your application, your application will be refused by the Danish authorities processing applications for residence/work permits.

Always bring passport/travel document
You must always bring your passport or other travel documents when submitting an application for a residence/work permit in addition to any other required documentation.

If you submit your application at an outsourcing agency which receives applications on behalf of a Danish diplomatic mission, you must hand in your passport (or other travel documents), so the outsourcing agency can have them verified at the Danish diplomatic mission. Furthermore, you should bring copies of all pages of your passport. If you do not, the outsourcing agency will charge a fee for copying your passport.

The website of the Danish Immigration Service has information about the supporting documentation required for residence/work permit applications.

Where to apply
If you want to apply for visa or resident and/or work permit to Denmark please see the list of places that receive applications by clicking on the link below:
Where to apply


Appeals

If you want to complain about a decision made regarding your residence/work permit case, please see information about appeals on the website of the Danish Immigration Service.