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How to apply

If you wish to apply for a residence permit as a student or PhD, both you and the educational institution in Denmark must supply information for the processing of your application.

The easiest and quickest way for all involved is to submit an online application.

The educational institution in Denmark begins the application process by logging onto the online form by using a NemID. Then the educational institution completes part 1 of the form, attaches the required documentation and signs the application with a NemID. The educational institution will receive a reference number and an access code to part 2 of the form, which it will give to you. You can then log on and complete part 2, pay the fee, attach the required documentation and state the Case Order ID. The Case Order ID is used to digitally connect your application with the paid fee. You then sign the application using a NemID (to get a NemID you must have a Danish CPR number, that is, a social security number given to residents of Denmark) or by using a scanned copy of your signature on a print-out of the declarations in the application form. Finally, you can submit the entire application.

After you begin filling in the application, it is possible to save it as a draft, for instance, if you need to produce required documentation. However, the application must be completed and submitted no later than 30 days after your employer began it.

Online application for a residence permit as a student
> ST1 online (new window)

Online application for a residence permit as a PhD
> PHD1 online (new window)

If you cannot submit a digital application, there are also print versions of the application form. The educational institution in Denmark begins the application process by completing and signing part 2 of the form and attaching the required documentation. It then gives or sends the application form to you, so you can complete and sign part 1, attach the required documentation and submit the entire application.

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 a residence permit as a student
> ST1, English version (Word) (new window)
> ST1, English version (PDF) (new window)
> ST1, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> ST1, Danish version (PDF) (new window) 

Application for a residence permit as a PhD
> PHD1, English version (Word) (new window)
> PHD1, English version (PDF) (new window)
> PHD1, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> PHD1, Danish version (PDF) (new window) 

Family members

If you have a spouse/partner who wishes to apply for a residence permit as an accompanying family member, he/she needs to submit his/her own application. If you have children under the age of 18 who you wish to bring to Denmark, you need to submit an application for each child.

Online application for a residence permit as an accompanying family member of a foreign national studying at a higher educational programme in Denmark
MF1/MF2 online (new window)

If it is not possible to submit an online application, there are also print versions of the application form.

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 a residence permit as an accompanying family member of a foreign national studying at a higher educational programme in Denmark
> MF1, English version (Word) (new window)
> MF1, English version (PDF) (new window)
> MF1, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> MF1, 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 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 permanently 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 studies, then you can 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 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 Market and 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, the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment may allow you to 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 Market and Recruitment decides whether an application submitted in Denmark will be processed. If the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment accepts your application for processing, you may stay in the country during the processing.

If the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 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 to the Ministry of Employment.

Where to submit your application in Denmark

If you live in the Greater Copenhagen area, you should submit the application at the Citizen 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 Market and Recruitment has received your application for a residence permit, it will evaluate it along with the enclosed documentation. In addition, the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment will check to find out if you have been reported to the Schengen Information System (SIS).

If the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment receives information that does not correspond with the information you provided, you will normally be asked to explain discrepancies before the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment decides in the case.

Once the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment has received all necessary information relating to your application, it will decide in the case.

You can follow the processing of your case on My Page, where you can log in using NemID and view the status of your application. If you are to pay a fee for your application, you will be able to see if your payment has been received.

How do you receive the ruling?

If you submit your application from your country of origin (or country of residence), the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment will send the decision 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 Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment will send the decision to your address in Denmark, or to your attorney. The Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 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 the Danish Agency for Labour Market and 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

Appeal

If the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment turns down your application, you can appeal.

Read appeal guidelines



Last update: 5/21/2015
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