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HOW TO APPLY

Short term visa

Before you apply

Before you apply, please ensure that you are very clear on your purpose of visit – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process, but we are not authorized to advise or guide you on choosing the correct visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process the application, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Danish mission.

Gather your documents

Please gather the relevant documents provided in the document checklist based on the purpose of your trip. All documents must be in color and A4 size.

Please note that your passport should be valid for a minimum of three months after expiry of the visa; must be issued within the last ten years and must have two blank pages - if you do not have two blank pages to which a visa can be affixed, a new passport must be obtained before submitting your application.

Handwritten, non-machine readable passports as well as passports with manual changes (observation including name, place, date of birth and sex) are no longer accepted.

Please note that photograph you submit with your application should follow these specifications.

Apply and pay online

Go to the online visa application system called ApplyVisa (https://applyvisa.um.dk/NVP.App/frontpage). Here you will have to

  1. register a user,
  2. fill in the application,
  3. pay the visa fee and 
  4. print and sign the cover letter

Please have your passport and credit card ready when applying and paying.

If you do not have access to a computer and printer, you can use the computer and printer at the Visa Application Centre.

Please note that you must pay with a credit card online. It is not possible to pay the visa fee at VFS.

In ApplyVisa, you will be asked to select a Visa Application Centre. Your choice determines where you will have to hand in your cover letter printed from ApplyVisa, along with your supporting documents, passport and biometrics. 

Please note if you note any errors in your application data e.g. a spelling mistake, inform the staff at the VAC. If you detect an error, there is no need to make a new registration or payment in ApplyVisa.

The Danish visa section may ask for further documentation after you have handed in your application, documentation, and biometrics. 

Please note that your application is not complete until you have finalized your application in person at VFS.

Fee

The visa fee must be paid online with a credit card in ApplyVisa (https://applyvisa.um.dk/NVP.App/frontpage)

Please note that besides the visa fee there is a service fee when you hand in your application at the Visa Application Centre.

Handling time

The Danish mission has 15 days to make a decision on your visa application from the date the Danish mission receives your passport and application.

Once you have finalised your visa application in person, please note that your application is in process and kindly be aware that the visa section is unable to reply to status inquiries regarding visa applications via e-mail due to Danish National Law on the handling of personal information.

Please contact the location that you have chosen on ApplyVisa for information on how to track your visa application.

In some cases, the processing time can be extended to 30 days, and in exceptional cases up to 60 days.

Long term visa

Before you apply

If you want to work, study, seek family reunification, or stay in Denmark longer than 90 days, 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 and biometrics

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.

If you should only supply your biometrics as your application is already submitted to the relevant authority in Denmark, you must bring a copy of the confirmation letter (with your unique case order ID) stating that the application has been submitted online along with your passport. Please note that it is a requirement that the Danish mission receives your passport for validation. You can request the Danish mission to have your passport returned if you need it before your case has been processed.

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.

Fee

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.

You can read more about payment for services provided by the Danish Foreign Service here

The fee to the Danish mission must be paid through the webshop (https://dys.um.dk/permit/). Remember to bring the receipt of the payment, when showing up at VFS Visa Application Centre.

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 when you hand in your application at the VFS Visa Application Centre.

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 or VFS will notify you.