Extension of a residence permit
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 3 months before your residence permit expires. However, if you are a student at a higher educational programme which has been approved by a state authority, you can submit your application for a extension four 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. This means that your application will not be processed unless special circumstances apply, such as, if you cannot be blamed for the delay, or if Denmark's international obligations warrant it. If your application is rejected, 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 applications. In other words, you will lose the right to an extension of your previous residence permit.
The Word version can be completed on-screen and must then be printed out and signed by hand. The PDF version must be printed out and then completed and signed by hand.
Application for an extension of a residence permit as a student
> ST3 online (new window)
> ST3, English version) (Word) (new window)
> ST3, English version (PDF) (new window)
> ST3, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> ST3, Danish version (PDF) (new window)
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 decision, you can apply for a re-entry permit. A re-entry permit allows you to re-enter Denmark even if your residence permit has expired.
Application for re-entry permit
> TBT/SFR, English version (Word) (new window)
> TBT/SFR, English version (PDF) (new window)
> TBT/SFR, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> TBT/SFR, Danish version (PDF) (new window)
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 Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment 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 (under the Ministry of Justice) is responsible for renewing Danish travel documents and Danish alien's passports
Read more about travel documents and alien's passports
Permanent residence permit
If you want to reside permanently in Denmark, you must submit an application for a permanent residence permit to the Danish Immigration Service (under the Ministry of Justice).
Read more about permanent residence permit
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.
Read appeal guidelines