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Residence Permit/ Work Permit (National Visa)

  • What is a National Visa (long stay visa)?

    The National Visa (long stay visa) of “D” category is granted to the certain individuals who are to be working, studying or residing in Denmark.

  • How Can I Contact the Denmark Visa Application Centre?

    You can contact the Denmark Visa Application Centre via our Helpline, Email or in person. Please see the contact information section of our website for our telephone number, email & contact address with centre timings.

  • What is the process for applying a Residence & Work Permit?

    Below you will find a step-by-step guide to submitting an application:

      • Create Case Order Id – when submitting an application with a fee, you must first create a case order id on New to Denmark website
      • Pay the fee – Pay the fee according to your category, while paying the fee it is important to enter the case order id.
      • Gather documentation – Gather the necessary documents before completing the application form. All required documents are listed on the application form. If the documents are not in English, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish language, you must also submit certified translations into Danish or English.
      • Complete the application form - In this step, you have access to the relevant application forms. You can choose between an online form and a print form. It is best to use the online form, as it is both safer and more efficient. All our application forms contain careful instructions on how to complete the form and what kind of documents you must submit along with the form. Some forms, such as the one for a work permit, requires the company/reference in Denmark to fill in part of the form.
      • Submit the application - If you have applied online, your application has already been submitted to the relevant authority. However, you must have your biometric features (facial image, fingerprints & signature) recorded no later than 14 days after submitting it online at the VFS Application Centre or Embassy. You can also submit the application at the VFS centre with all the requisite documents.
      • Biometrics - When you apply for a residence permit, you must have your biometric features recorded. This means that you must have a facial photo taken and your fingerprints recorded. The facial photo and your fingerprints will be stored on a microchip embedded in the residence card, which will be issued to you if you are granted a permit. If you do not agree to have your biometric features recorded, your application will be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed by Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) or the Danish Immigration Service.
      • Post Submission process – Post submission of documents and biometrics, you have to wait for the answer once the decision is made in your case. The service goals for processing an application vary from 1 to 3 months, depending on the type of residence permit you have applied for. SIRI might contact you or the host if further information is required to process the application. Once the decision is made on the case, you will be notified by the Embassy or VFS either by phone call or email.
      • Collection of passport – Post visa processing, the Embassy will hand-over the processed passport to the VFS. Applicant can collect the passport from VFS or opt for a courier service at the time of submitting the passport.
  • What is the Processing Time?

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has established service goals for most case types, i.e. maximum time limits on how long an applicant can expect to wait for a decision.

The service goals are calculated from the day SIRI receives a complete application. A complete application is an application featuring all relevant information, signed all the required places and with all the required documentation attached.

The service goals for processing an application vary from 1 to 3 months, depending on the type of application.

Certain types of residence permits are processed by the Danish Immigration Service (DIS). You can find DIS’ service goals here.

  • Do I need to appear for an Interview at the Embassy after submitting my application?

    It is not mandatory to appear for an interview but The Danish Agency for International Recruitment & Integration (SIRI) may ask an applicant to appear for an interview. If required you will be informed by the Embassy either by phone or email.

  • Do I have to use an application form filled online or may I submit a paper form?

    You can use a paper application form or an online form. It is best to use the online form, as it is both safer and more efficient. All application forms contain careful instructions on how to complete the form and what kind of documents you must submit along with the form.

  • Do I have to make an appointment at the VFS or I can show up whenever I desire?

    You can submit the application with or without appointment. However, the Embassy advises to book an appointment. Appointments are scheduled through this website or by calling the helpline.

  • How do I know when my visa is ready?

    After you have submitted your passport, you can track the status on our website, SMS or you can call to our Helpline 022-67866009.

    If you have opted for the courier service for your passport during submission, your passport will be dispatched to your address by the Visa Application Centre in New Delhi through Blue Dart Couriers after the Embassy has processed your application.

  • What is the procedure to get my passport back?

    Passports can be collected by the applicant from the visa application centre or it can be couriered. Please note that the third party collection of the documents or passports is not permitted, except in the following cases:

    Immediate Family Member (i.e. Parents, Children, Spouse)

    A person collecting on behalf of Government officials if authorized on the Government letter head.

    Red Carpet representative if authorized on the Company’s letter head.

    If any of the above comes for passport collection, they need to carry the following documents

    Photocopy of Govt. ID card, Original ICR and Authorization Letter from applicant.

    Applicants who do not wish to collect their documents in person and whose documents cannot be collected by one of the above should select delivery mode as courier at the time of submission.

    The applicants are requested to mention the complete delivery address on the covering letter. In case no specific address is mentioned on the covering letter, the passport will be sent to the address mentioned on the Visa Application Form.

    This procedural change is to ensure the safe and secure return of documents to applicants. ;

  • What information should I check in the passport after receiving it back?

    Each applicant should immediately verify the data represented on the issued visa: the first and last name, the photo, passport number, date of birth, the period of validity, the number of entries and days. In case you notice a mistake, you need to contact the Embassy of Denmark in New Delhi.

  • Can the Denmark Visa Application Centre courier my passport back?

    Yes, the Denmark Visa Application Centre can courier your application to you as long as the address provided by you is serviceable by our courier partners, Blue Dart Couriers.

    You will be asked if you would like your application couriered back to you at the time of applying. You should make your preference known at this time as once your receipt is issued; we are unable to change the mode of return of your passport later.

  • Is the courier service charged?

    The courier facility is an optional service with an additional fee per visa application. This fee has to be paid at the time your application is being registered and cannot be opted for later.

  • How Can I Contact the Embassy of Denmark?

    You can contact the Embassy through email on delambvisa@um.dk or phone +91 11 4209 0751 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 14:00 – 15:00 hours.

  • Can I travel to more than one Schengen country with the same National visa?

    All residence permits issued by the Danish immigration authorities in the form of a visa for long stay (D visa), or a residence card, which are valid for Denmark, are valid for entering and staying in the other Schengen countries for up to 90 days out of every 180 day period. Be aware that a residence permit allowing you to study or work in Denmark, does not grant you the right to study or work in other Schengen countries. Residence permits which are only valid for the Faroe Islands and Greenland are not valid for entry into other Schengen countries.

    If you are in doubt as to whether your residence permit entitles you to enter and stay in Denmark, or another Schengen country, you can check with the country that issued your residence permit.

    For more details, click here

  • I hold a valid Schengen visa on my passport; do I still need to submit my passport for D-visa stamping after receiving permission on my permit application?

    No, if you already hold a valid Schengen visa, then you do not need to submit the passport for D-visa stamping. The valid Schengen visa allows you to enter Denmark.

  • How would I know if any further information or documentation is required in my case?

    If more information or document is required, you will be contacted. If you are in Denmark, the authority will send you a letter by ordinary post or might also call you.

    If you are in your country of residence, the relevant authority will write to the Danish Embassy and they will further inform you through either email or a phone call.

  • Do I need to submit flight itinerary and travel insurance at the time of submitting documents?

    No, at the time of submitting documents for residence permit you do not need to submit the flight itinerary & travel insurance.

  • If I wish to add new information to my application, who should I contact.

    If you wish to add new information to your application, you can send these to the authority processing your application i.e. SIRI or DIS. You can also send it to the Danish embassy by email or by regular post. If you, for instance, have your passport renewed while your application is being processed, you must submit a copy of all pages of your new passport, including the cover. If you move from the address stated in your application, you must inform SIRI or DIS of this as quickly as possible, so they are able to contact you when a decision has been made or if they need more information from you regarding your application.

    You can find SIRI's contact information here.

    You can find DIS’ contact information here.

  • Can I enter Denmark before I have been granted a Residence permit?

    If you are outside of Denmark when you submit your application, you must normally have been granted a permit before you travel to Denmark.

    If you wish to travel to Denmark before SIRI has processed your application, you can only do so if you:

      • are a citizen of a country that allows you the opportunity to travel to Denmark without a visa,
      • are a citizen of a country from which a visa is necessary, but you have already been granted a visa for Denmark or another Schengen country, or
      • have a residence permit for another Schengen country.

In any case, you must comply with the visa regulations in force. If you, for instance, have travelled to Denmark with or without a visa, and the period of time for which you are allowed to stay legally in Denmark expires before SIRI reaches a decision in your case, you must leave and await the decision abroad.

If you have submitted an application for a residence permit, you will normally not be able to be issued with a visa during the period of time SIRI is processing you application.

If you need a visa in order to be able to travel to Denmark, you must wait until you have received your permit before you travel to Denmark. You will be granted a ‘D-visa’ allowing you to enter Denmark with your permit.

  • Can my family be granted a residence permit?

    A residence permit based on a job or study in Denmark allows your family to come with you to Denmark.

    A permit can be granted to your spouse, registered or cohabiting partner as well as children under the age of 18 living at home, provided the conditions for issuing the residence permits are met.

    Read more about accompanying family members here.

  • Can my family apply before I have received an answer?

    Yes, they can. Your family can submit their applications at the same time as you or after you have submitted your application.

    Your family members can, however, receive their answers to their application no sooner than at the same time as you.

  • What more do I need to know before I apply as accompanying family members?

    An application for a residence permit as an accompanying family member is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

    You must document in what way you are related to the sponsor. Therefore, it is very important that you attach a copy of your marriage certificate, documentation of your cohabitation or your birth certificate to the application.

    Before submitting your application, you must create a case order ID for your application and pay a fee to cover SIRI’s case processing expenses, fill relevant application form, MF1.

    Each accompanying family member must submit an individual application. For example, if a spouse and two children are applying for residence permits as accompanying family members, 3 case order IDs must be created, 3 fees must be paid and 3 application forms must be submitted.

    SIRI will contact you or the sponsor in Denmark if we need further information to process your case.

  • Who should I contact to find out why I was refused?

    You will receive a letter from the Embassy in your return application that will mention the reasons for refusal.

  • When can I re-apply if my permit is refused?

    You are free to re-apply at any time if your application has been refused earlier. There is no time gap to be observed after a refusal to make a fresh application. However, it is recommended that you meet the reasons for the earlier refusal before submitting a new application.

  • What if I want to appeal against the refusal?

    Follow the instructions which are laid out in the refusal letter which is sent to you in case your permit has been refused.

  • What is the process of paying the online fee?

    If you are applying for a residence permit, extension of a residence permit or permanent residence permit, we recommend that you pay the fee standing on the relevant application page on New to Denmark website under the 'How to Apply' tab. This ensures that you choose the right case type. On the application page, you can also read more about the rules and conditions under the 'Need to Know' tab.

    For more details, click here

  • What is the Au pair scheme?

    If you are a young foreign national wishing to learn about Danish language and culture, you can apply for a residence permit in Denmark as an au pair.

    You must have made an agreement to live with a Danish host family. By taking part in the daily life of the family on the same terms as the other family members, you can gain the desired insight into Danish culture.

    The host family will give you food, accommodation and a monthly allowance (pocket money). In return, you must take part in ordinary domestic chores.

    For more details, click here

  • What is Working Holiday?

    Denmark has made Working Holiday agreements with Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

    The Working Holiday agreements have been made to give young citizens from these countries the opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and ways of living. The purpose is to further mutual understanding between the countries.

    The agreements mean that you, as a young citizen from one of these countries, can be granted a permit to stay in Denmark for up to 1 year.

    For more details, click here

  • Who can apply for a residence permit under PhD study programme?

    You can be granted a Danish residence permit as a PhD if,

      • you are enrolled as a PhD student at a Danish university and receive a salary from the university or a company affiliated with the PhD programme, or
      • you are enrolled in a PhD programme without receiving a salary.

If you are enrolled in a PhD programme abroad and wish to do a part of your programme in Denmark, you can be granted a permit as a visiting PhD.

If you are a citizen of a EU/EEA country, you do not need to apply for a residence permit with SIRI but must instead apply for a EU residence document at the Danish State Administration (Statsforvaltningen).

For more details, click here

  • Who can be granted a residence permit as an Intern?

    You can be granted a residence permit as an intern in Denmark if you meet two conditions:

      • You are enrolled in an educational programme in your home country or in a country in where you have been a legal resident, and
      • there are specific educational reasons for your internship in Denmark.

    Your internship must be within the following sectors:

      • The green sector (the agricultural, veterinary, forestry or horticultural field)
      • The health sector
      • Architecture interns ;

or you can belong to the group of other interns.

Within certain sectors, you can stay in Denmark as an intern even though you have already completed your education.

For more details, click here

  • Who can be granted a residence permit as a Religious Worker?

    As a foreign national, you may apply for a residence permit in Denmark to work as a member of the clergy, missionary or to serve a religious order or denomination in some other capacity, such as a nun or monk.

    If you are a citizen of a Nordic country, you do not need a residence permit and are free to reside, study and work in Denmark. If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or of Switzerland seeking residence in Denmark based on the EU rules on freedom of movement, you may be subject to special regulations.

    For more details, click here

  • How can I apply to Work in Greenland?

    If you wish to work in Greenland, you must apply for a permit either at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) through online or application can be submitted at Embassy through VFS. SIRI will process the application based on an approval from the Government of Greenland (Naalakkersuisut).

    It is your own responsibility to obtain a residence and work permit if the rules require it.

    Please note that you must also apply for a residence and work permit if you take voluntary or unpaid work.

    For more details, click here

  • How can I apply to Work on the Faroe Islands?

    If you wish to work on the Faroe Islands, you must apply for a permit either at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) through online or application can be submitted at Embassy through VFS. SIRI will process the application based on an approval from the Government of the Faroe Islands.

    It is your own responsibility to obtain a residence and work permit if the rules require it.

    Please note that you must also apply for a residence and work permit if you take voluntary or unpaid work.

    For more details, click here

  • If I hold a valid Danish work permit, can I work in Greenland or Faroe Islands?

    The Faroe Islands, Greenland and Denmark are distinct travel areas. This means that a residence permit in Denmark does not give you the right to stay on the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Likewise, a residence permit for the Faroe Islands and Greenland does not allow you to stay in Denmark.

  • How can I apply for a Residence Permit to Iceland?

    The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration processes application for Residence Permits to Iceland. Applicant either have to submit the application at the office of the Directorate of Immigration (or at the office of a District Commissioner if outside of the Reykjavík capital area) or mail them the documents.

    If an applicant meets all requirements for a residence permit, such a permit is granted and the applicant is sent a notification to this effect. If the applicant needs a visa in order to come to Iceland, a request for the visa will be sent to the Embassy.

  • Where I have to submit the passport for the visa stamping after receiving the residence permit to Iceland?

    The Danish Embassy will be processing the visa after receiving the approval from the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.

    Following documents need to be submitted at the Denmark VFS Application Centre:

      • Original Passport with copy of first & last page.
      • Recent colour passport size photograph.
      • Visa fee.
  • My residence permit application is in process, will my stay in Denmark be considered legal?

    Yes, while the application is in process your stay will be legal. It is a requirement that you submit your application while being in Denmark legally.

  • What is a Procedural stay?

    Procedural stay means that you can stay in Denmark while Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) or Danish Immigration Services (DIS) process your application for a residence permit.

    It is a requirement that you submit your application while being in Denmark legally. ;

    When on procedural stay, you are generally not allowed work, and your right to medical care is limited.

    If you have submitted an application for an extension before the expiry of your permit, you can, however, continue your stay with the same rights as when your initial permit was valid. For example, you are allowed to continue to work if you have applied for an extension of a residence and work permit – and you are entitled to full medical care as well. This also applies if you have changed your job and are covered by the rules on job change.

    For more details, click here

  • Who can apply for a re-entry permit?

    You have submitted an application to SIRI, and you stay here legally while you wait for your reply.

    Or

    You already hold a residence permit, but you do not hold a residence card as proof of your permit.

    If you, in these cases, need to leave and re-enter Denmark, you can apply for a re-entry permit either at SIRI in Denmark or at the Embassy.

    The proof of your re-entry permit is a visa sticker put in your passport.

    If your trip takes place when you still hold a valid entry visa in your passport, you do not need a re-entry permit. Neither do you need a re-entry permit if you are exempt from the visa requirement and wait for a reply on your application for an extension of a residence permit. ;

  • I hold a valid Danish residence permit, but have lost the residence card in my home country. How can I travel back to Denmark?

    You have to apply for a Re-entry visa. The application will be processed by the Embassy post submitting all the required documents at the VFS Application Centre.

    Following documents need to be submitted:

      • Application form with recent colour photograph.
      • Valid passport with a copy of first & last page of the passport.
      • Cover letter explaining the reason for applying for re-entry visa.
      • Original Police report with a copy.
      • Copy of residence permit card, if you have it.
      • Visa fee
  • Where can I find the application form and invitation forms?

    Application forms and invitation forms can be downloaded from New to Denmark website or you can click here.

  • What is the process of Extension of residence and work permit?

    If you wish to continue your employment in Denmark beyond the period covered by your current work permit, you must apply for an extension no later than the last date of the permit, but not more than 3 months before the expiry date of the work permit. If you work after the expiry date of the work permit without submitting a new application prior to this, you will be working illegally, even if your residence permit for the purpose of job searching is still valid.

    If you submit an application in Denmark after your residence permit for the purpose of job searching has expired, your application will, as a rule, be rejected as an application for a residence and work permit may be submitted in Denmark only if you are residing legally.

    This means that you will have to leave Denmark. After having left, if you want to apply for a residence permit, you can do so via a Danish Embassy. In that case, the application will be considered in accordance with the rules applying to foreigners applying for a first-time residence permit.

    If you apply too late, you risk being reported to the police and fined. You also risk being expelled from Denmark because you are residing illegally in the country.

  • How to obtain the residence card?

    Within 5 days of obtaining a permanent address in Denmark you must apply to be registered with the Central Office of Civil Registration (CPR) as having entered Denmark.

    If you take up residence in the municipality of Copenhagen you must apply online on www.ihcph.dk

    If you take up residence in any other municipality, you must report in person to the registration office (“folkeregister”) or citizen service centre (“borgerservice”) of the municipality (“kommune”) where you will be living. You can find the address on the municipality’s website.

    During registration, you must state your civil registration number and your personal ID. Both are mentioned on the first page of the permission letter. Carry the permission letter and your passport together with documentation for your Danish address, e.g. your rental agreement.

    Your residence card (type R) will automatically be sent to your registered address within approximately 2-3 weeks. Remember to write your full name on your letterbox.

    Your residence card is documentation that you hold a residence permit in Denmark.

    During your stay in Denmark, you must always have your residence card with you.