How to apply
If you wish to apply for a residence permit as an intern, both you and the place of internship in Denmark must supply information for the processing of your application.
There are two different application forms for different types of applicants. Each appliation form contains a detailed description of how you and the place of internship should complete the form, and which documents you must attach.
It is the place of internship 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.
You and the place of internship in Denmark can chose one of the following two application forms, depending on whether you are an:
Intern in the agricultural, veterinary, forestry or horticultural fields
> PR1 (Danish and English version)
Intern in the healthcare sector, natural sciences, technical fields, the pharmaceutical sector, architecture etc.
> PR3 (Danish and English version)
Furthermore, the place of internship 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. 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.
If you have originally been granted a residence permit on grounds other than internship, then you can normally submit the application in Denmark.
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 also 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 permanently 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 the country where you have resided legally for the past three months), you can submit your application in another country. You can find additional information about Danish diplomatic missions abroad on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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.
If you live in the Greater Copenhagen area, you should submit the application at the Service Centre. If you live elsewhere you can also acquire the form and submit your application at your local police station.
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 enclosed documentation. In addition, the agency will check to find out if you have been reported to the Schengen Information System (SIS).
If the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment receives information that does not correspond with the information you provided, you will normally be asked to explain discrepancies before the agency decides in the case.
Once the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment 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 Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment may also the police to inform you of the decision, or ask you to pick it up in person at the Service Centre.
If the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment has turned down your application, 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.