The expected maximum prossesing time is:
8 months

Who can be granted a permanent residence permit?

What are the requirements?

Who can be granted an exemption from the requirements?

When can you apply for a permanent residence permit?

Who can be granted a permanent residence permit?

If you have strong ties to Denmark, relaxed requirements apply when you are applying for a permanent residence permit in Denmark. You are considered to have strong ties to Denmark if:

  • you belong to the Danish minority in South Schleswig,
  • you have an affiliation with the Danish minority in Argentina,
  • you are a former Danish Citizen, or
  • both your parents (or, in very special cases, just one) are natural-born Danish Citizens.

You need to meet certain requirements in order to qualify for a permanent residence permit.
 

What are the requirements?

In order to qualify for a permanent residence permit, you, an applicant with strong ties to Denmark, need to meet certain requirements.

The requirements you need to meet depend on the nature of your ties to Denmark. The information below explains which type of applicant needs to meet which requirements.
 

You need to be over the age of 18 in order to qualify for a permanent residence permit.  

This requirement applies to all types of applicants with strong ties to Denmark.
 

You still need to meet the continuous requirements for your current residence permit.

In addition, you need to be a resident in Denmark at the time the Immigration Service reaches a decision about your application for a permanent residence permit. This requirement means, for example, that if you are working abroad for your Danish employer, or have departed Denmark, you need to return to Denmark in order to qualify for a permanent residence permit.

This requirement applies to all types of applicants with strong ties to Denmark.

If you:

  • belong to the Danish minority in South Schleswig
  • have an affiliation with the Danish minority in Argentina, or
  • are a former Danish citizen

and you were granted a residence permit based on Aliens’ Act section 9 c or 9 d, you need to have resided in Denmark for 1 year.

If:

  • both your parents are natural-born Danish citizens, or
  • in very special cases, one of your parents is a natural-born Danish citizen,

and you were granted a residence permit based on Aliens’ Act section 9 c, you need to have resided in Denmark for 2 years.
 

You may not have been convicted of certain crimes.

If you were sentenced to less than six months’ incarceration, or if the sentence was suspended, you will be temporarily ineligible for a permanent residence permit.

If you were sentenced to more than six months’ incarceration, you are permanently ineligible for a permanent residence permit.

The list below provides an overview of certain types of sentences and how they affect your eligibility for permanent residence:

  • Suspended custodial sentence without terms about community service leads to a 6-year penalty period starting from the time the final verdict is given
  • Suspended custodial sentence with terms about community service leads to a 7-year and 6 months penalty period starting from the time the final verdict is given.
  • Mandatory custodial sentence of less than 60 days leads to a 12-year penalty period starting from the time of release.
  • Mandatory custodial sentence of less than 60 days for violations of part 12 or part 13 of the Danish criminal code leads to a 18-year penalty period starting from the time of release.
  • Mandatory custodial sentence of 60 days or more, but less than 6 months leads to a 15-year penalty period starting from the time of release.
  • Mandatory prison sentence of at least 6 months leads to being barred from being granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark. This applies to all types of crime.
  • Mandatory prison sentence of at least 60 days for violations of part 12 of the Danish criminal code (crimes against the independence and security of the state) or part 13 of the Danish criminal code (crimes against the constitution of the state and the higher state authorities, terrorism, etc.) or sections 210, 216, 222-224, section 225 cf. section 226, or sections 243-246 of the provisions of the Danish criminal code (specific crimes concerning family affairs, sexual offence and crimes of violence) leads to being barred from being granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark.
  • Sentence for working illegally in the country in accordance with Section 59 of the Aliens Act leads, when the person don’t have a residence permit in this country, to a 15-year penalty period, if subsequent offence 22 years and 6 months. The penalty period starts from the time of parole, the date of delivery of the final judgment, date of the parole’s expiration or date of the agreement on the fine, depending on which date entails the latest expiration of the penalty period.
  • Sentence for working illegally in the country in accordance with Section 59 of the Aliens Act leads, when the person has a residence permit in this country, for a subsequent offence to a 7-year penalty period. The penalty period starts from the time of parole, the date of delivery of the final judgment, date of the parole’s expiration or date of the agreement on the fine, depending on which date entails the latest expiration of the penalty period.
  • Youth sanction leads to a 6-year penalty period starting from the time of termination of the measure.
  • A sentence to be placed in an ambulatory psychiatric treatment with possible hospitalization in accordance to part 68 or part 69 of the Danish criminal code leads to a 6-year penalty period starting from the time of termination of the measure. However, at least 9 years must pass from the date the final measure is given by the court.
  • A sentence to be placed in psychiatric treatment in accordance to part 68 or part 69 of the Danish criminal code leads to a 9-year penalty period starting from the time of termination of the measure. However, at least 12 years must pass from the date the final measure is given by the court.
  • A sentence to be committed to a mental hospital leads to a 12-year penalty period starting from the time of termination of the measure. However, at least 15 years must pass from the date the final measure is given by the court.
  • A sentence to be placed in secure detention leads to a 30-year penalty period starting from the time of termination of the measure.

You may not have any overdue public debts. A debt is considered overdue if the public is entitled to payment of the debt, or if the amount due has not been repaid by the due date.

The following types of debt are those that are considered public debt. If you have overdue payments for any of the types of debt below, you cannot qualify for a permanent residence permit (conlusive list):

  • Social Service Act or Active Social Policy Act benefits that you are required by law to repay (such as overpaid social benefits)
  • Child support paid in advance
  • Day-care payment
  • Overpaid housing benefits
  • Housing-subsidy loan 
  • Taxes and levies, unless the amount in arrears is due to circumstances beyond your control

Other debts, such as student loans, bank loans or loans from a building society are not considered public debts and will not disqualify you from being granted a permanent residence permit.

Payment extension

You can still be granted a permanent residence permit if you have been granted an extension to repay outstanding debt. However, the amount you owe may not exceed DKK 118,450.13 (2019 level).

Being granted an extension means that the creditor (the state or municipality) has given the debtor (you) permission to postpone repayment of your debt until beyond the original due date. For example, SKAT, the Danish customs and tax administration, may award you an extension.

If you are uncertain whether you have been granted a payment extension, contact your municipality, SKAT or Udbetaling Danmark.

Repayment schedule

You cannot be granted a permanent residence permit if you have overdue public debts, even if you have been allowed to repay your debt in set number of instalments (also known as a repayment schedule).

If you have a repayment schedule, the state or municipality has agreed to let you pay back your debt in instalments, rather than as a lump sum. For example, you may agree to pay DKK 500 per month for three years.

If you repay your debt

If you repay an overdue public debt after you submit your application, but before the Immigration Service issues reaches a decision, you need to provide documentation showing you no longer have any public debt.

You need to pass the Danish language test 2 (Prøve i Dansk 2), or a Danish exam of an equivalent or higher level. This requirement applies to all types of applicants for a permanent residence permit based on strong ties to Denmark.

List of Danish language tests that are equivalent to or higher than the Danish language test 2:

  • Danish language test 2 (Prøve i Dansk 2) with a grade average of at least 6 (on the Danish 13 point grading scale) or 02 (on the Danish 7 point grading scale).
  • Passed FVU-reading level 2 or 3.
  • Danish language test 3 (Prøve i Dansk 3) with a grade average of at least 6 (on the Danish 13 point grading scale) or 02 (on the Danish 7 point grading scale).
  • The study test called studieprøven with a grade average of at least 6 (on the Danish 13 point grading scale) or 02 (on the Danish 7 point grading scale) in each of the four tests.
  • 9th or 10th grade final exams with a grade average of at least 6 (on the Danish 13 point grading scale) or 02 (on the Danish 7 point grading scale) in the Danish disciplines, except for conduct.
  • Proof of passed Danish ‘gymnasium’ final exams (STX, HF, HHX, HTX) or a minimum requirement for entrance exam in connection with a vocational program (eux).
  • Proof of passed General Preparatory Examination (almen forberedelsesekamen – avu).
  • Test diploma for passed single subjects in Danish or Danish as a second language with a passed test in at least one Danish discipline/subject area between the levels G-A and with a grade average of at least 6 (on the Danish 13 point grading scale) or 02 (on the Danish 7 point grading scale) from e.g. one of the following educations: stx, hf, hhx, htx, eux, eud or avu.
  • Passed FVU-reading level 4.
  • Proof of passed International Baccalaureate (IB) with Danish on an A or B level.
  • The Danish language test 3 at the study school in Copenhagen.
  • Proof of following a higher educational program at a university, university college (e.g. business school, nursing college or teacher training college) etc., unless the program was not taken in Danish.

If you belong to the Danish minority in South Schleswig, you can also meet the requirement regarding the Danish language test for example by documenting that you have passed 9th grade final exams at a Danish school in South Schleswig.

If you are a former Danish Citizen, you can also meet the requirement regarding the Danish language test if you have attended a Danish school.  

 

You may not have worked deliberately against the establishment of your identity in connection with your application for residence permit or extension of your residence permit.

This requirement applies if you have submitted your first time application for residence permit 1 January 2018 or later.

You can for example be considered to have worked against the establishment of your identity, if you have presented falsified identity documents including a passport or a birth certificate, or if you have presented another person’s identity document.

It can also be the case if you have given untrue information about your name, your date of birth, your country of birth or your citizenship, and these conditions later in the processing of the case is being clarified either by you or the immigration authorities through control questions, tests, investigations etc.

If very special reasons apply you can be granted a permanent residence permit even though you have worked against the establishment of your identity.

Who can be granted an exemption from the requirements?

Individuals with a disability

To the extent that Denmark’s international obligations, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, require it, the Immigration Service grants exemptions from (that is to say, you will not need to meet) one or more of the requirements for a permanent residence permit.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities defines a person with a disability as someone who has “long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others”.

Exemption from the requirements

If you have a disability that prevents you from meeting one or more of the requirements for a permanent residence permit, you will be exempt from meeting these requirements, if the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities dictates it. You can only be granted an exemption from requirements your disability prevents you from meeting.

Regardless of the nature of your disability, you cannot be granted an exemption from the following requirements:

  • You need to have a valid residence permit
  • You need to be over 18 years old
  • You need to have been a legal resident of Denmark for 1 year or more (in certain cases 2)
  • You may not have been convicted of certain types of crimes

When can you apply for a permanent residence permit?

You can apply for a permanent residence permit at any time. You do not need to wait until your residence permit is about to expire. However, it is important that you submit your application before your current residence permit expires.

If you do not apply in time

If you submit your application for a permanent residence permit or for an extension of your current residence permit after your current residence permit expires, the application is submitted to late, and you will be in Denmark illegally. The Immigration Service will likely reject your application, regardless of how briefly you are in Denmark after it expires. The Immigration Service will only process applications that are submitted late if Denmark’s international obligations require it to do so.

If your application is rejected, you will normally need to leave Denmark. If you would like to continue residing in Denmark you will need to apply for a new residence permit. Applications for a new residence permit will be reviewed based on the current rules. You will not be able to apply to have your expired residence permit extended.

If you are staying in Denmark illegally, you risk being reported to the police. You also risk being deported and temporarily banned from entering Denmark or any other EU or Schengen country.

 

The information below explains how to apply for a permanent residence permit. 

When you create a case-order ID, you must select that “A fee is not warranted in your case”, and by doing so the fee for your application will be DKK 0,00.

When submitting an application or appeal with a fee, you must first create a case order ID.

Case type:

Permanent residence on the grounds of family reunification

Fee:

DKK 4,930,-

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Only certain applicants are exempt from paying a fee. If the immigration authorities decide at a later stage that the applicant/appelant is not exempt from paying a fee, the application/appeal will be rejected.
If you have paid a fee and the following case handling shows that the fee should not have been paid, the whole fee will be refunded.

In certain cases the fee is not warranted (fee exemption). Examples are:

  • The Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey
  • Denmark’s international obligations
  • Citizenship of the EU/EEA

You are still required to create a case order ID, even if you are not required to pay a fee.

If you have paid a fee and it is not warranted, the whole fee will be refunded.

Read more about Fee exemption

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All fees are regulated every year on 1 January. Make sure to create your Case Order ID, pay the fee and submit your application in the same calendar year. If you pay the fee before 1 January and submit your application after 1 January, your application may be rejected.

If no case order ID is shown in the field below, please type your case order ID and click on View payment status.

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Please include the following information when paying the fee online using a Danish internet bank.

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Order payment form

On this page you can order a payment form which you can use to pay the fee at a post office or in a bank. 

The payment form will be sent to the address you give below. 

You need to enclose documentation with your application, so it is a good idea to gather it all before you start. 

You may need:

Set aside

20 to 30 minutes

to fill in the application form.

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You, the applicant, needs to fill in the application form.

The application form includes detailed instructions for how to fill it in and which types of documentation you need to enclose.

You need a NemID code card when filling in the application form. Read more about NemID

If you want to resume filling in an application form online select ‘Start online application’. Once you are logged in, select ‘Continue a previously saved application’.

If you would like to make changes to an online application after you have submitted it, you need to contact the Immigration Service. You do not need to submit a new application. Contact the Immigration Service

Start TU1-4 online application

When you are applying for a permanent residence permit, you are required to use the online application form TU1-4, unless you are exempt from this requirement. Read more about mandatory online self-service

When you submit an application to the Immigration Service, we will process your personal information. You can read more about your rights and how we process your information on this page: Personal data – How we process your data

When processing your case, we may seek to verify the accuracy of the information you have given. Read more about verification at the Danish Immigration Service

When you submit your application, you will normally need to provide us with your fingerprints and a picture of your face (biometric features) within 14 days. Your biometric features are required in order for you to get a new residence card.

You can have your biometric features recorded at the Immigration Service’s Citizen Service. If you live outside Greater Copenhagen, you can also have your biometric features recorded at certain police stations. See the list of police stations capable of recording biometric features 

Read more about residence cards with fingerprints and facial pictures
 

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