How to apply
If you wish to apply for a residence permit as an au pair, both you and your host family in Denmark must supply information for the processing of your application.
The application form contains a detailed description of how you and your host family should complete the form, and which documents you must attach.
It is your host family in Denmark who begins the application process by completing their part (part 2) of the application form and attaching the required documents. They send or give the form and attached documents to you. Then you complete your part (part 1) of the form, attach the required documents, and submit the entire application.
Residence permit as an au pair
> AU1 (Danish/English version)
Furthermore, your host family in Denmark can obtain a printed version of the application form from the Service Centre, or from the local police.
Fee for submitting an application
A processing fee will normally have to be paid in order for your application to be processed by the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment. The fee can either be paid by you (the applicant) or by another person, such as a person in Denmark. Read more about fees.
If you submit your application to a diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) you will normally also have to pay a fee. The fee can vary in price. It is a good idea to check the fee on the website of the diplomatic mission before submitting your application.
Where to submit your application
Normally, you must have obtained a residence permit before entering Denmark. You can submit your application in your country of origin (or in the country where you have resided legally for the past three months). In certain cases, it is possible to submit an application in Denmark, but this depends on your grounds for being in the country.
Generally, you cannot submit an application for a residence permit after entering Denmark. This applies to people with procedural residence, that is, those with the right to reside in Denmark even though they have not been granted a residence permit, such as asylum seekers.
Normally, it is a precondition for your residence permit as an au pair that you have not previously held a Danish residence permit.
If you submit your application in your country of origin
If you apply in your country of origin, you can submit your application at the Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general). The individual diplomatic mission can make further demands such as extra passport photos or duplicate copies of the application. It is a good idea to check the requirements on the website of the diplomatic mission before submitting your application. When you have completed and submitted the application form, the diplomatic mission will forward it to the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment, where it will be processed.
If you have resided legally in another country for the past three months, you can also submit your application at the Danish diplomatic mission in that country.
If there is no Danish diplomatic mission in your country of origin or country of residence, you may submit your application in another country. You can find additional information about Danish diplomatic missions on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you are a Philippine citizen, you can submit your application at the Norwegian embassy in Manila.
If you submit your application in Denmark
Normally, you must have obtained a Danish residence permit before entering Denmark.
If you are staying legally in Denmark on the grounds of another residence permit, a valid visa, visa free stay, or under EU regulations, you can submit your application - and have it processed - in Denmark, unless particular reasons say otherwise.
If you submit an application while in Denmark, your application will not be processed if you are an illegal resident of Denmark, if you have been expelled from Denmark, if you have been given a deadline to leave Denmark, or if you are also applying for another type of Danish residence permit and are awaiting a decision.
You are not staying legally in Denmark if you apply for a new residence permit after your previous residence permit has expired.
The Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment decides whether an application submitted in Denmark will be processed. If the agency accepts your application for processing, you may stay in the country during the processing.
If the agency choses to refuse your application, it will not be processed. This means that you will have to return to your country of origin or residence and submit a new application to the Danish diplomatic mission there.
If your application is refused, you can appeal the decision to the Ministry of Employment.
Processing your application
When the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment has received your application for a residence permit, it will evaluate it along with the attached documentation. In many cases, the agency will need to obtain additional information from e.g. you and/or the host family. In addition, the agency will check to see if you have been reported to the Schengen Information System (SIS).
If the agency receives information that does not correspond with the information you have provided, you will be asked to explain any discrepancies before a decision is made.
Once the agency has received all necessary information relating to your application, it will chose whether or not to grant you a residence permit.
How do you receive the ruling?
If you submit your application from your country of origin (or country of residence), the decision will be sent to the diplomatic mission where you submitted your application. The diplomatic mission will then forward it to your home address, or request that you pick it up in person.
If you submit your application in Denmark, the decision will be sent to your address in Denmark, or to your attorney. The agency may also ask the police to inform you of the decision, or ask you to pick it up in person at the Service Centre.
If your application was turned down, and you do not hold another residence permit, you will be given a deadline to leave Denmark, i.e. you will be required to leave Denmark before a specified point in time. After this point, you will be considered an illegal resident in Denmark. If you are residing illegally in Denmark you risk being expelled and given an entry ban. To be expelled from Denmark means you will be banned from entering all EU and Schengen countries, including Denmark, for a minimum of two years. If you are expelled, you may be deported by the police.
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.