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Extension of a residence and work permit

The condition for extending a residence permit is, first and foremost, that you still meet the conditions for your original residence permit. For example, this may mean that you must still be employed in the same job, with the same employer, on the same work conditions.

The exact conditions for a particular residence permit are explained in the letter you got together with the 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, the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment will not process your application, 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 reported to the police. You also 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 if necessary.

Case Order ID and fee

Before submitting an application for an extension of your residence permit, you must create a Case Order ID, and you must normally pay a fee.

The Case Order ID is used to digitally connect your application with the paid fee and your biometric features (read more about biometric features below).

The fee is a case processing fee. This means that the fee covers the processing of your application. Consequently, the fee will not be refunded if your application is turned down, or if you withdraw your application.

It is important to make sure that the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment receives the correct amount. If you pay too much, this may delay the processing of your case as the agency will have to refund the excess amount. If you pay too little, your case may be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed.

The fee can either be paid by you (the applicant) or by someone else, such as a person or company in Denmark. In some cases, an applicant may be exempt from paying the fee.

Read more about fees

Whether you submit a digital application or a print version of the application, you must state the Case Order ID in the application. In this way, the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment can check that the fee has been paid. Your application will not be processed before the agency has received your payment.

Recording of biometric features

In connection with submitting an application for an extension of your residence permit, your biometric features (facial image and fingerprints) must be recorded and stored on a chip on your residence card. If you fail to have your biometric features recorded, your application will be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed.

The procedure varies, depending on where and how you apply. If you submit your application in person in the Citizen Centre in Copenhagen, or at the local police in Denmark, then your biometric features will normally be recorded in this connection. If you apply digitally, by email or by post, you must appear in person to have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 after submitting the application.

Read more about biometric features

Application forms

When applying for an extension of your residence permit, you must select the application form which matches your situation.

Some application forms are available in a digital version, which requires a digital employee signature or NemID.

Furthermore, all application forms are available in a print version.

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.

Digital application for an extension of a residence and work permit as an employee (including applicants under the Positive List, the Pay Limit scheme and the Corporate scheme as well as researchers, athletes and trainees)
> AR3 online (new window)

Application for an extension of a residence and work permit as an employee (including applicants under the Positive List, the Pay Limit scheme and the Corporate scheme as well as researchers, athletes and trainees)
> AR3, English version) (Word) (new window)
> AR3, English version (PDF) (new window)
> AR3, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> AR3, Danish version (PDF) (new window)

Application for an extension of a residence and work permit as a self-employed person
> AR2, English version) (Word) (new window)
> AR2, English version (PDF) (new window)
> AR2, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> AR2, Danish version (PDF) (new window)

Application for an extension of a residence and work permit under the Greencard scheme

> GR2, English version (Word) (new window)
> GR2, English version (PDF) (new window)
> GR2, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> GR2, Danish version (PDF) (new window)

Digital application for an extension of a residence permit as an accompanying family member of a foreign national who is working in Denmark
> FA8/FA9 online

Application for an extension of a residence permit as an accompanying family member of a foreign national who is working in Denmark
> FA9, English version (Word) (new window)
> FA9, English version (PDF) (new window) 
> FA9, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> FA9, Danish version (PDF) (new window)

Furthermore, you can obtain a print version of the application form at the Citizen Centre of the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment, or from the local police in Denmark.

Read more about the Citizen Centre

Go to the website of the police (new window)

Re-entry permit

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 residence permit if you no longer 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 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

My Page

If you have a Danish CPR number and NemID, you can view the status of your case on My Page. You can see if the agency has received your application, if your payment has been registered, if all required information has been received, or if the case has been processed. However, you cannot see the result of the decision.

Go to My Page (new window)

Case processing times

Service goals for maximum case processing times have been defined for different case types. The service goal applies from the date the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment has received a fully completed application which includes all required information and documentation.

See service goals

Appeal

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

Read appeal guidelines

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



Last update: 9/4/2013
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