Extension of a residence permit
As an au pair, you can be granted a residence permit for a maximum of 24 months, but no longer than the duration of your au pair contract. Your residence permit cannot be extended beyond 24 months.
If you have been granted a residence permit as an au pair for less than 24 months, and you apply for an extension, you may continue as an au pair while your application is being processed, provided that you are with the same host family and that the conditions for your stay remain unchanged. The condition for extending a residence permit is, first and foremost, that you still meet the conditions for your original residence permit.
You can submit your application for an extension no sooner than 2 months before your residence permit expires. It is crucial that you submit your application for an extension before your current residence permit expires.
If you submit your application after the date your residence permit expires, you should expect your application to be rejected because you are residing illegally in Denmark. If your application is rejected, your application will not be processed, and you will have to leave Denmark and apply for a new residence permit in your country of origin. Such an application will be regarded and processed as an entirely new application for a residence permit, i.e. it will be processed in accordance with the rules that apply to first-time applicants. In other words, you will lose the right to an extension of your previous residence permit.
If you are residing illegally in Denmark you risk being expelled and given an entry ban, i.e. you will be banned from entering Denmark for a certain period of time. You also risk being reported to the police for illegal residence.
If you wish to apply for an extension of your temporary residence permit as an au pair, you should use the same application form as when you applied for your first permit (application form AU1). Please state that you wish to apply for an extension.
Extension of a temporary residence permit as an au pair
> AU1 (Danish/English version)
You can obtain a printed version of the application form at the Service Centre, where you can also submit your application. If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area, you can also obtain the form and submit your application at your local police station.
Fee for submitting an application
A processing fee will normally have to be paid in order for your application to be processed. The fee can either be paid by you (the applicant) or by another person, such as a person in Denmark. Read more about fees.
You are allowed to remain in Denmark while your application for an extension is being processed. If you wish to leave Denmark while awaiting the ruling, you can apply for a re-entry permit valid for the entire Schengen region. A re-entry permit allows you to re-enter Denmark even if your residence permit is not valid.
> Application form (Danish/English version)
Important information about your passport
When you apply for an extension of your residence permit, make sure that your passport is valid. The Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment can revoke or refuse to extend your temporary residence permit if you do not hold a valid passport or other travel documents.
Please note that your residence permit can only be extended up to three months before your passport expires. In other words, if your passport expires in 12 months, your residence permit can only be extended by nine months. The agency will not extend a temporary residence permit for less than six months.
If you hold a national passport (i.e. a passport from your country of origin), the diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) of your country of origin will renew it.
The Danish Immigration Service is responsible for renewing Alien's passports and Convention passports.
Case processing times
Service goals for maximum case processing times have been defined for most case types.
See service goals.
If the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment turns down your application, you can appeal to the Ministry of Employment.
The appeal process will be explained in detail when you receive the decision. Furthermore, you can find appeal guidelines on this website.
Read appeal guidelines.