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Residence permit

For visits longer than 3 months a residence and/or work permit is required.

Online payment of Residence and Work permit fees (NEW)

From 1 July 2019, The MFA is introducing mandatory online payment of the embassy fee for residence and work permits. Applicants should pay the fee using this link before they appear at the Danish embassy to capture their biometrics. Contact the embassy to make an appointment.

Who needs a residence and/or work permit?

For visits longer than 3 months as well as stays in connection with studies or employment, including work as au pair, a residence and/or work permit is required. However, special rules apply to the Nordic citizens and Union citizens/EEA.

Detailed information about the rules governing residence (stays exceeding 3 months) and/or work permits for Denmark and information about the necessary documentation to be handed in together with your application can be found on the website of the Danish Immigration Service.


Denmark introduces biometric residence cards 20th of may 2012

According to regulation (EC) No. 380/2008 of 18 April 2008 residence cards issued after May 20th. 2012 shall contain an electronic chip with photo, fingerprints and signature recorded digitally. In this way the security against forgery and misuse of residence cards is strengthened considerably.
The decision to introduce fingerprints in residence cards, has been made at a central level in the EU as part of the combat against terrorism, human trade, human trafficking, illegal immigration and other transnational crime.   


Biometrics must be obtained when the application is lodged

In order to issue biometric residence cards, installation of special equipment for taking photos and recording fingerprints and signature is necessary. Please click here to find the nearest mission. 

Can I apply for a residence/work permit if one or more of my fingers are injured?

According to the law biometric data must always be contained in a biometric residence card. If the index finger is injured, a biometric residence card can be issued. In that case, a fingerprint will be taken of an alternative finger.

Must children also give their fingerprints?

No. Fingerprints are not collected from children under 6 years of age.

What to bring?

Bring the application and supporting documents in originals.

Babies: We recommend to bring a recent photo of the child, which meets the requirements for a photo. The photo can then be scanned by the mission, in case the mission does not have the means to take a valid photo.