Attention

Visit newtodenmark.dk/corona if you need information on how coronavirus is affecting SIRI’s and the Danish Immigration Service’s users

General information

You can find information on the coronavirus outbreak in Denmark on the Danish Health Authority's webpage. Here you will find an FAQ on the coronavirus in addition to the latest news and recommendations on how to protect yourself and others.

Click here to go to the Danish Health Authority's webpage

SIRI's case processing

Yes, SIRI continues to process applications for residence permits.

This applies to both applications submitted by foreign nationals applying from within Denmark and applications submitted abroad.

In order for us to make a decision on your application, it is a requirement that you have had your biometric features (facial photo and fingerprints) recorded. This means that SIRI will start to process your application, but cannot make a decision until you have had your biometric features recorded.

Applications, documentation, letters etc. sent to us by regular post will only be handled to a very limited extent and with significant delay as long as the public sector has shut down and the processing of applications is done at home. We encourage you to use our contact form here on newtodenmark.dk to send us information. You can attach and send scanned documents by using the contact form.

Click her to go to SIRI's contact form

SIRI's citizen centres are closed for visitors nationwide until and including 13 April 2020.

It is still possible to call SIRI by phone or to write to us via our contact form.

Read more about the closing of our citizen centres in this news article

You can find information on our phone numbers and contact form here

Application and biometrics

You are currently not able to have your biometric features recorded in Denmark at SIRI or the police as long as the public sector in Denmark is shut down due to the coronavirus.

Normally you must have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after submitting your application. This deadline has been extended to 2 months.

Read more about the extension of the deadline for recording of biometric features here

In order for us to make a decision on your application, it is a requirement that you have had your biometric features (facial photo and fingerprints) recorded. This means that SIRI will start to process your application, but cannot make a decision until you have had your biometric features recorded.

In extraordinary circumstances where granting a residence permit is necessary for national security or for public order, security or health, it will be possible, however, to have your biometric features recorded as part of an extraordinary quick processing of your application for a residence permit. This requires that you and your employer contact SIRI by phone or via SIRI's contact form.

Follow this link for information on how to contact SIRI

At the moment the citizen centres of both the Danish Immigration Service and SIRI are closed due to the risk of infection with COVID-19. The same holds true for the citizen centres of the police and many Danish diplomatic missions and visa application centres around the world. Most places it is therefore not possible to have your biometric features recorded.

In normal circumstances it is a requirement that you have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after submitting your application – failure to do this will result in your application being rejected.

Due to the extraordinary situation the deadline for having your biometric features recorded is extended up to 2 months. This means that you must have you biometric features recorded no later than 2 months after you submit your application for a residence permit, for an extension of a residence permit or for a permanent residence permit. We will begin processing you application, but we are not able to reach a final decision until you have had your biometric features recorded.

It is your own responsibility to keep track of the situation at the place where you are currently residing and of the possibility to have your biometric features recorded. You can keep yourself informed of the situation on newtodenmark.dk/corona and the website of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If you need to submit an application and/or have your biometric features recorded, you must first contact the nearest Danish diplomatic mission. They will instruct you on how to proceed.

Please be aware that many Danish diplomatic missions and visa application centres around the world are closed at the moment. Most places it is therefore not possible to submit an application or have biomtrics recorded.

Find more information from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs here 

Read more about having your biometrics recorded here

SIRI's citizen centres nationwide have closed for personal appearances. It is therefore not possible to be granted a provisional work permit in Denmark.

Even though it is no longer possible to enter Denmark as a citizen from a visa exempt country and apply for a provisional permit in one of SIRI's citizen centres in Denmark, you can still request a quick job start from abroad. It is however a precondition that SIRI has received your application and that you have had your biometric features recorded abroad.

Please note that only applicants submitting an applying after the Fast-Track Scheme and needing to start working in Denmark quickly can apply for a quick job start.

You can read more about how you and your employer can request a quick job start from abroad on the Fast-Track application page

Please follow the procedure described under 'How can I get a quick job start?' and then 'Quick job start if you cannot enter into Denmark legally beforehand'.

Read more about the possibility to have your biometric features recorded outside of Denmark above on this page under the Q&A 'I am currently staying outside of Denmark and wish to submit an application for a residence permit in Denmark. How do I proceed?'

 

Entering and leaving

Leaving

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark advises against all non-essential travel abroad. Read more at the ministry’s webpage

SIRI does not issue re-entry permits as long as it is not possible to appear in person at our citizen centres. If you choose to leave Denmark and later need a re-entry permit, you will have to apply for this at a Danish diplomatic representation abroad.

Entering

If you are not a Danish Citizen, you are only allowed to enter Denmark if you have a worthy purpose for entering. The police make the decision at the border on who can enter Denmark.

Read more at the police’ webpage

This means that you are able to enter, if you have a residence permit granted by SIRI (regardless of the grounds of your permit).

When entering Denmark, you should, according to the specifics of your situation, bring:

  • Passport (or national ID card, if you are an EU-citizen)
  • Valid residence card or D-visa sticker in your passport
  • Letter from SIRI granting you a valid residence permit (or letter granting you a work permit, if you are commuting)
  • Danish Health Card (If you have already registered an address in Denmark)
  • Employment contract with an employer in Denmark

If you have been rejected or denied entry to Denmark at the border and you wish to appeal this decision, you must contact the police for guidance on how to lodge an appeal etc.

The police has established a hotline in order to answer questions on what constitutes 'worthy purpose' allowing you to enter or pass through Denmark. Call phone number 7020 6044. The Hotline is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

As a general rule, your residence permit will lapse if you have not entered Denmark within the first six months of your residence permit being valid.

However, in certain instances we may decide that your residence permit will remain valid, if you not entering Denmark is due to unforeseeable circumstances. This will apply if you have been prevented from entering Denmark due to travel restrictions after the breakout of Covid-19. In this case, you can apply for dispensation from your residence permit lapsing.

You can read more about dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing and find the relevant application forms here

As a rule, you must leave Denmark before your residence permit expires. If you are unable to leave before the expiry date of your residence permit due to the coronavirus/COVID-19, you must thereafter leave Denmark as soon as possible. The immigration authorities will disregard that you have stayed beyond the duration of your residence permit, if this has been caused by your inability to leave due to closure of flight routes etc. caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19.

 

In light of the current situation the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has decided to postpone deadlines in cases concerning refusal etc. for residence in Denmark processed by SIRI. This applies to cases concerning residence in Denmark for both EU citizens and third country citizens.

Until further notice deadlines for leaving Denmark will be set for 2 months from the day, when a decision in the case is reached.

This applies for deadlines set in connection with a rejection of an application for a residence permit, refusal of an application for a residence permit, refusal of an extension of a residence permit and in cases where a residence permit is revoked.

If a deadline for leaving Denmark has already been set for you, and you cannot meet this deadline, you must contact SIRI and request to have the deadline postponed.

You can contact SIRI by writing to us through our contact form or by calling us

Hereafter your deadline will be extended by up to 2 months, as stated in the letter you will receive. Your deadline can be extended further, if, by the time your new deadline is up, specific circumstances continue to affect your ability to leave Denmark. It is your responsibility to apply for the additional extension.

In cases where the deadline for leaving Denmark today would be set to immediately, the deadline will continue to be set to immediately.

Residence and work

As a general rule, you need to be registered at a Danish address with the CPR register in order for us to issue your residence card. If you are unable to register your address because your local municipality is shut down at the moment, you will have to wait for them to open again. Once you are registered, your residence card will automatically be sent to your registered address.

You are allowed to remain in Denmark even if you have not received your residence card. Until you receive your residence card, we advise you to always carry your passport and the letter granting you a permit as documentation of your right to reside and work in Denmark.

It is a condition for a residence permit under the Pay Limit Scheme and under the Fast Track Scheme's Pay Limit Track that salary is paid into a Danish bank account.

In the current extraordinary COVID-19 situation it will not affect your residence permit if it takes time before you can open a Danish bank account, if this is caused by practical difficulties such as you being unable to get a Danish bank account because you cannot register an address and get a CPR-number at the local municipality. You must, however, make sure to open a bank account as soon as possible.

It will not affect your residence permit that you have been sent home temporarily, but continue to receive your salary, because your employer is making use of the temporary salary compensation scheme. The important thing is that your employer continues to pay your salary in accordance with the conditions for your residence and work permit. In this regard it does not affect you that your employer receives partial compensation from the state for salary expenditures according to the temporary salary compensation scheme.

As an employee you can apply for a jobseeking permit, if you have a residence permit under:

  • the Positive List,
  • the Researcher Scheme,
  • the Pay Limit Scheme or 
  • one of the first 3 tracks of the Fast-track Scheme

And you have lost your job through no fault of your own.

You must apply no later than immediately after losing your job. This normally means applying for a permit no later than 2 days after your employment has been terminated.

You must also apply as quickly as possible, if you are being laid off on exceptionally short notice due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. If we receive your application for a jobseeking permit later than 2 days after your employment has been terminated, SIRI can take steps to accommodate you in this special situation. You must however still submit the application as quickly as possible. If you apply more than 6 days after you have lost your job, extraordinary circumstances must be present for us to process your application.

Read more about the conditions and how to apply here

A residence permit in Denmark will lapse, if you reside outside of Denmark for more than 6 continuous months.

The extended stay outside Denmark will not affect your residence permit if:

  • your extended stay abroad is less than 6 months,
  • You continue to be registered with an address in Denmark and
  • Your stay does not affect the legal status of your employment (i.e. you continue to receive a full salary in accordance with your contract).

Please note that the rules on how a residence permit can lapse are not in effect for residence permits granted under the Fast Track Scheme or the Researcher Scheme. The letter granting you a residence permit will state whether or not your residence permit can lapse.

Read more about how your permit can lapse here

Yes, if you apply for an extension of your residence and work permit before your current permit expires, you can continue working. This applies even if your application for an extension requires you to have your biometric data recorded, and even if your residence and work permit expires while SIRI is processing your application for an extension.

You can read more about how to apply for an extension of your permit here

If you already have a residence and work permit in Denmark and have applied for a permit to start a new job in Denmark, it will, in certain instances, be possible for you to start your new job before you have received your new residence and work permit. This is the case if you change job and use the so-called job change rule. This rule means that you simply need to submit your new application no later than the day you begin your new job, and therefore will be able to work while SIRI process your application.

You can read more about the job change rule – and whether it applies in your situation – here

A residence permit can still be revoked, if an employee or his or her accompanying family members receive certain types of public benefits as financial support.

Read more about public benefits here

It does not affect your residence permit if your employer receives partial compensation from the state for salary expenditures according to the temporary salary compensation scheme.

It is a condition for extension of your residence permit as a self-employed business owner that your business has had the necessary activity and turnover. In general, it will not affect your possibilities to have your permit extended if your business activity and turnover has lessened temporarily during the COVID-19 situation. Financial support from the government's help initiative for businesses can count as part of the turnover of the business.

Read more about the conditions for an extension on the website of Start Up Denmark and here on newtodenmark.dk

A residence permit based on the Greencard Scheme can be extended if you, within the past year from the date of submitting the application, have earned a minimum amount corresponding to the average starting salary of newly qualified bachelors in the public and private labour market. Dispensation from this income requirement due to the COVID-19 situation cannot be granted, even if you have been sent home without salary og laid off from your job.

Salary from an employer receiving partial compensation from the state for salary expenditures according to the temporary salary compensation scheme, can count when calculating whether or not you meet the income requirement.

If your residence permit has expired and you therefore are residing illegally in Denmark, your application for an extension will, as a general rule, be rejected.

If you, however, have had a residence permit as an agricultural intern and you, in agreement with your internship host, wish to make use of the extraordinary possibility to extend you internship for up to a total of 15 months, you are able to submit an application for an extension even though it is up to 10-14 days after your residence permit expired.

Read the news item on the extraordinary possibility to extend you internship for up to a total of 15 months 

Foreign nationals holding a residence permit for Denmark based on work or as a self-employed business owner can apply for a sideline employment permit.

This means that you are allowed to do sideline employment in a hospital and help during COVID-19, but you must first be granted a work permit. SIRI is the agency that can grant you the permit.

If you are offered sideline employment, you must meet all other requirements for sideline employment. This means, among other things, that you are, as a rule, only allowed to work approx. 8-15 hours per week. In this extraordinary situation, where help is needed many places and if your employment is short term, working hours can be longer.

You are also able to do sideline employment as a medical doctor, if you have been trained as a medical doctor and has obtained Danish authorisation.

If you apply for a permit for sideline employment, we will process your application immediately, so you can get started working quickly. You do not need to pay an application fee.

You can read more about sideline employment here 

Foreign nationals holding a residence permit for Denmark based on work or as a self-employed business owner automatically have the right to do unpaid volunteer work. The same is true for foreign nationals who are residing in Denmark as PhD students.

This means that you are allowed to do volunteer work in a hospital and help during COVID-19. You do not need to seek a permit to do volunteer work.

You are also able to do volunteer work as a medical doctor, if you have been trained as a medical doctor and has obtained Danish authorisation.

You are allowed to do volunteer work during COVID-19 even though the work would normally carry a salary. It is an extraordinary situation at the moment, where the need for volunteer work can arise many places and volunteers can be needed to do work that would normally carry a salary.

You can read more about volunteer work and its requirements here 

Your permit does not give you the right to work, neither paid work nor volunteer work. But you have the option of applying for a supplementary work permit for a specific job.

It is this option you use for mandatory employment for adaptation and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse) if you are a medical doctor og dentist, but the option can also be used for other employment. The option can also be used by nurses.

For employment during COVID-19 it will be up to your employer and the health authorities to set your work tasks according to your qualifications including the fact that you have not yet obtained a Danish authorisation.

If you apply for a work permit, SIRI will process your application as quickly as possible, in order for you to start working. You are not allowed to work until you have received your permit. Your application does not carry a fee and can be done on the application  page for employment for adaption and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse).

Go to the application page for employment for adaption and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse)

Yes you can. It will not affect residence permits that you, as the employer, receive partial compensation from the state for your salary expenditures according to the temporary salary compensation scheme. The important thing is that you continue to pay your foreign employees in accordance with the conditions for their residence and work permit.

The temporary salary compensation scheme is administered by the Danish Business Authority. Read more about the scheme here (In Danish only)