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.
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 expelled and given an entry ban, i.e. you will be banned from entering Denmark for a certain period of time. You also risk being reported to the police for illegal residence.
When applying for an extension of your temporary residence permit, you need to use the correct application form, depending on your situation.
Extension of a temporary residence and work permit as an employee (including applicants under the positive list, pay limit scheme, corporate scheme, athletes and trainees)
> AR3 (English version)
> AR3 (Danish version)
> AR3 online (Danish/English version). Please note: In order to use the AR3 online form, the employer must have a digital signature. Furthermore, the employer must start the application process by filling in the employer part of the form. Read more about digital signature.
Extension of a temporary residence and work permit as a religious worker
> RF1 (Danish/English version)
Extension of a temporary residence and work permit (including researchers at a research institution and self-employed persons)
> B (Danish/English version)
Extension of a temporary residence and work permit under the Greencard scheme
> GR2 (English version)
> GR2 (Danish version)
Exstension of a temporary residence permit for a family member of a foreign national who is working or studying in Denmark
> FA9 (English version)
> FA9 (Danish version)
> FA8/FA9 (Danish/English version)
You can obtain a printed version of the application forms at the Service Centre, where you can also submit your application. If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area, you can also obtain the forms and submit your application at your local police station.
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
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 ruling, you can apply for a re-entry permit valid for the entire Schengen region. A re-entry permit allows you to re-enter Denmark even if your residence permit is not valid.
> Application form (Danish/English version)
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 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