Immigration test for religious workers
In order to qualify for an extension of your residence permit as a religious worker, you must pass an immigration test (testing your Danish language skills and your knowledge of Denmark and Danish society) within six months of being granted residence permit.
Questions and answers
The immigration test is an oral test consisting of two parts: a language test testing your Danish language skills and a knowledge test testing your knowledge about Denmark and Danish society. The two parts of the test are taken one after the other, and you must pass both tests in order to pass the immigration test. The test as a whole takes approximately 30 minutes.
The test contains 70 questions which you must answer: 40 questions designed to test your Danish language skills, and 30 questions about Danish society. In order to pass the immigration test, you must have at least 28 correct answers in the language test and at least 21 correct answers in the knowledge test.
In the language test you must understand and answer simple questions as well as understand everyday terms and a number of Danish standard expressions.
The knowledge test contains questions about Danish norms, values and fundamental rights, e.g. the principles of democracy, an individual's personal freedom and integrity, gender equality and freedom of expression and religion. There are also questions about practical, concrete issues such as the ban on circumcision, ban on forced marriages, parents' responsibility for their children, education, health, work, tax etc.
You must take the immigration test at Vestegnens Sprog- og Kompetencecenter in Glostrup (outside Copenhagen) or at Sprogcenter Vejle in Vejle.
Make sure to turn up in good time when you are to take to test. It is important that you remember to bring picture ID and the letter from the Danish Immigration Service announcing that you have been granted a residence permit. You cannot bring any aids to the test such as telephone, computer, books or notes.
The immigration test is an oral test which is carried out via a computer. You will not need to operate the computer or use keyboard or mouse. During the test, you will be sitting in front of a computer wearing headphones while the computer plays the questions. Most questions are accompanied by a picture. You will answer the questions orally via a microphone attached to the headphones. Your answers will be recorded and sent to two censors for assessment.
The entire immigration test takes approximately 30 minutes. The test runs without breaks, first the language test, then the knowledge test. You cannot stand up or speak to the other persons taking the test. It is not possible to interrupt the test in order to take a break or go to the toilet. Likewise, it is not possible to repeat a question in case you did not hear it the first time, so it is important that you are very focused. After each question, you will hear a tone. This means you now have five seconds to answer the question. When the test is over, you must remain seated until the staff tells you that you may stand up.
It is a good idea to start preparing for the test as early as possible after you have been granted a residence permit. It is your own responsibility to learn Danish.
You can do this with the help of your religious order/denomination in Denmark, by following courses in your home country, by buying language courses in the form of books or cd's, or by following online language courses.
The Ministry of Immigration and Integration has developed a preparation packet which you can use to prepare for the test. The preparation packet consists of an educational film, a recorded word list for the language test, 100 images from the film with information about Denmark and Danish society, two examples of the language test and test instructions. It is a good idea to study the preparation packet very carefully.
The educational film 'Life in Denmark' concerns Denmark and Danish society. The film is approximately 90 minutes long and consists of 17 chapters. It has been recorded in Danish and 18 other languages. This means that it is possible to prepare for the knowledge test about Denmark and Danish society in your own language, but remember that all questions in the test about the film are in Danish and must be answered in Danish. As such, it is also a good idea to watch the film in Danish.
You can buy the preparation packet for the immigration test from Airplay Sony DADC Denmark. You can order it via an online form which you can fill in online and submit directly. Fill in online form to order the preparation packet
You can also contact the company by post, telephone or email. Please remember to clearly state in your letter or email that you wish to order the preparation packet for the immigration test, and to state your full name and the address the packet is to be sent to.
Airplay Sony DADC Denmark
Oddervej 17 A
DK – 8660 Skanderborg
Tlf.: +45 86 19 12 12
The packet costs DKK 206,25 including VAT. The price includes distribution and administration fees.
The preparation package can only be distributed to addresses in Denmark. When you have ordered the package you will receive an invoice which you can pay via your bank or net bank or at the post office. You will normally receive the packet three to five business days after you have paid.
It is a good idea to watch the film many times, first in your own language, then in Danish. It is also a good idea to talk to your acquaintances in Denmark about the information in the film, as the questions in the knowledge test are based on the information in the film.
In order to watch the film in any other language, you must buy the preparation packet.
The preparation packet contains a recorded word list in Danish which allows you to hear all the words used in the language test. You can use the word list as a check list to make sure you understand all the words.
The preparation packet contains 100 images from the educational film 'Life in Denmark'. Each image is accompanied by important information about Denmark and Danish society. The information will be read aloud in Danish and the language you chose when inserting the dvd. All words used in the knowledge test are included. As such, you can use the 100 images and the information to practice the Danish words you must know in order to pass the knowledge test.
It is your own responsibility to sign up for the immigration test at www.indvandringsproven.dk - this will not happen automatically. You can take the test at Vestegnens Sprog- og Kompetencecenter in Glostrup (outside Copenhagen) or at Sprogcenter Vejle.
When you have signed up and paid you will receive confirmation, including date and time for your test and information about where to go on the test date.
The sign up fee for the immigration test is DKK 3000. You can pay the fee online or in person.
There are many deadlines to remember if you are to take the immigration test. It is very important that you meet all deadlines. If you do not, your application for an extension of your residence permit may be turned down, and you will have to leave Denmark. It is your own responsibility to meet all deadlines.
You can apply for an extension of your residence permit as a religious worker four months after your residence permit is valid by sending an application to the Immigration Service. From the date your residence permit is valid you have six months (calendar months) to pass the immigration test. It is a good idea to start preparing for the immigration test even before you submit your application for an extension, e.g. by ordering the preparation packet and by beginning to learn Danish.
When you have taken the immigration test it can take up to two weeks before you are told whether or not you have passed the test.
This means that you need to take the test no later than five months and two weeks after your residence permit is valid in order to meet the deadline. It is a good idea to take the test before this point as this will mean you have time to retake the test in case you do not pass it the first time. Remember to sign up for the test in good time – you should be able to get a test date within two weeks from signing up.
You must pay a fee each time you take the immigration test.
It is your own responsibility to plan your course of action and sign up for the test, so it is your decision whether you will leave time to retake the test in case you do not pass it the first time. When you have taken the immigration test it can take up to two weeks before you are told whether or not you have passed the test. If you have passed the test you will be informed of the further process regarding your extension.
If you do not pass the test within the deadline you will be told before which date you must leave Denmark.
There is no possibility of dispensation from the immigration test requirement in connection with an extension of a residence permit as a religious worker, however cf. below.
In 1963, Turkey and the EU entered into an association agreement as a way to extend certain rights to Turkish citizens working or otherwise economically active in some other way in an EU country. The European Court of Justice has issued a number of rulings that have determined how the agreement is interpreted.
Rulings by the European Court of Justice in the case of T. Sahin (issued on 17 September 2009, C-242/06) and the Commission v the Netherlands (issued on 29 April 2010, C-92/07) have taken up the question of whether charging fees to Turkish citizens is in accordance with the association agreement.
The decisions should be interpreted to mean that Turkisk citizens applying for an extension of a residence permit as a religious worker cannot be charged the test fee.
Based on these decisions, the immigration authorities have concluded that Turkish citizens applying for an extension of a residence permit as a religious worker cannot be required to take the immigration test or to pay the test fee.
Such individuals are not required to pass the immigration test and pay the test fee, as is otherwise required for extensions of residence permits for religious workers.
If you are uncertain about whether you are exempt from taking the immigration test, please contact the Immigration Service.
Any decision about whether you need to take the immigration test will be made based on an evaluation of your individual application. Further information about the rules will be available from the Immigration Service. However, the decision about whether you could be exempt is made based on your specific situation.
This means that the Immigration Service cannot give a binding answer about whether you would need to take the immigration test prior to your application being submitted.
If the Immigration Service informs you that you have not passed the immigration test you can appeal to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration must receive your appeal no later than seven days after you have been informed by the Immigration Service that you did not pass the test.
If you take the immigration test and you feel that there were conditions during the test which made it difficult to complete the test, you should inform the staff immediately after the test. If you wish to file a complaint, the Immigration Service must receive your complaint no later than seven days after the test.