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.

All our branch offices have now reopened. It is therefore now possible for you to book an appointment to submit an application for a residence and work permit, an EU residence document or to have your biometric features recorded.

SIRI processes applications submitted in Denmark as well as applications submitted abroad.

Please note that a number of Danish diplomatic missions and visa application centres around the world are closed at the moment. It is therefore in many places not possible to submit an application or to have your biometric features recorded.

You can keep yourself informed by visiting the the website of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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.

Please note that the deadline for recording of biometric features has been extended to 31 August 2020 for applications submitted from 15 February 2020.onwards.

Read more about the extension of the deadline here

Yes, all SIRIs branch offices have now reopened.

It is therefore possible to book an appointment to have your biometrics recorded or to submit an application by appearing personally in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, Aalborg and Aabenraa.

You can book an appointment here

Application and biometrics

All SIRI's branch offices are now open again. It is therefore possible to book an appointment for recording of biometric features in one of our branches in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, Aalborg and Aabenraa.

Normally you must have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after submitting your application. This deadline has been extended until 31 August 2020 for applications submitted from 15 February 2020.

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.

Follow this link for information on how to contact SIRI

Please note that from 1 August 2020 the Danish police no longer services foreign nationals. This means that you are no longer able to have your biometric features recorded or submit an application for a residence permit or for a re-entry permit at a Danish police station. The police however continues to service foreign nationals on the Faroe Islands and in Greenland.

During the lockdown due to the coronavirus it has not been possible to have your biometric features recorded in SIRI's branch offices.

All SIRI's branch offices are now open again and it is now possible to book an appointment to have biometrics recorded etc. using our booking system.

You can book an appointment at SIRI here

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 has been extended until 31 August 2020 for applications submitted from 15 February 2020 onwards. This means that you must have you biometric features recorded no later than 31 August 2020, if you have submitted or wil be submitting an application for a residence permit or for an extension of a residence permit.

SIRI encourages you to book an appointment to have your biometric features recorded as soon as possible in order for your case to be decided. 

It is your own responsibility to keep track of the situation in the place where you are currently residing and 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.

Please note that from 1 August 2020 the Danish police no longer services foreign nationals. This means that you are no longer able to have your biometric features recorded or submit an application for a residence permit or for a re-entry permit at a Danish police station. The police however continues to service foreign nationals on the Faroe Islands and in Greenland.

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

All SIRI's branch offices are open again and it is possible to be granted a quick job start (provisional work permit) in Denmark.

You can also 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.

Due to COVID-19 it is not possible to submit an application and have biometric features recorded at all Danish diplomatic missions and visa application centres abroad. The deadline for biometrics has therefore been extended until 31 August 2020.

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

You can keep yourself informed about your options for travelling abroad in the travel guidelines from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Read more at the ministry’s webpage

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

You are able to enter Denmark, 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.

The Danish police make the decision at the border on who can enter Denmark.

Read more on the webpage of the Danish police

If you are not a Danish Citizen, you are only allowed to enter Denmark if you have a worthy purpose for entering.

It is, among other purposes, considered to be a worthy purpose for entering, if you have entered into an employment contract with a Danish employer and your employment is about to begin shortly.

In order to enter Denmark, you must bring the following:

  • Passport (or national ID card, if you are an EU citizen)
  • Valid D visa sticker in your passport, if you are from a country with a visa requirement
  • 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 transit 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 must submit your application for a dispensation before your permit lapses. This means that you must apply within the first six months of your residence permit's validity period.

You must submit your application for a dispensation in the normal way. SIRI will do a specific assessment of each application.

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

Please note that permits granted under the Fast-track scheme and to researchers are exempt from the rules that can cause a permit to lapse. The letter from SIRI granting you a permit will state whether or not your permit is exempt from the rules on lapsing.

If you have been granted the right to reside in Denmark under EU regulations while you are staying outside Denmark, your right to reside in Denmark is conditional upon you entering Denmark no later than 6 months from the date SIRI makes a decision in your case. This condition will be stated in the letter we sent you containing our decision.

If you are prevented from travelling to Denmark within this time frame due to travel difficulties caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, you can write to SIRI via our contact form and request an extension of the deadline for entering Denmark.

You can find SIRI's contact form here

SIRI will do a specific assessment of each individual request for an extension of the deadline for entering Denmark.

It is now possible to be granted a re-entry permit in Denmark. Remember to book an appointment to apply for a re-entry permit in one of our branch offices.

You can book an appointment here

If you previously have been granted a re-entry permit which has now expired before you have been able to return to Denmark, you can apply for a new re-entry permit through a Danish diplomatic mission abroad.

If you have left Denmark without a re-entry permit, you are also able to apply for a re-entry permit through a Danish diplomatic mission.

You can find a list of Danish diplomatic missions on the website of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (new window)

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.

 

A jobseeking permit is a residence permit valid for up to 6 months with the purpose to seek a new job in Denmark.

A jobseeking permit cannot be extended, even if travel restrictions prevent you from leaving Denmark at the end of the jobseeking stay or if you have found it more difficult searching for and finding a job in Denmark due to the coronavirus/COVID-19.

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 the section on Word and Concepts you can find more information on the jobseeking permit

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, extraordinary circumstances continue to affect your ability to leave Denmark. It is your responsibility to apply for the additional extension.

Right now it is the assessment of SIRI that extraordinary circumstances continue to exist that justifies further extension of deadlines for leaving Denmark. You can apply for an additional extension no sooner than 14 days before your deadline for leaving Denmark is up.

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

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 a general rule for residence and work permits, the requirements regarding salary and terms of employment must be met, and your salary and terms of employment must correspond to Danish standards.

Under normal circumstances, it would not fall within the standard salary and terms of employment if an employee were sent home for a period of time without pay, or if it is decided that work will be shared, and the employee will only be paid in part, supplemented by unemployment benefits.

However, a period of being sent home from work with no pay as a result of Covid-19 will not affect your residence permit, if your employment is based on a collective agreement which allows your employer to send you home with no pay or decide to share work. The same applies if your employment is covered by an agreement between the labour market parties regarding being sent home without pay for a short period of time as a result of Covid-19. Under other circumstances you would generally not meet the requirements for your residence permit.

Please note that if you hold a residence permit on the grounds of the Pay Limit Scheme or the Pay Limit Track of the Fast Track Scheme, it is also a requirement that in the course of a year, your salary meets the Pay Limit Scheme's minimum amount. You must continue to meet this requirement.

You can read more about the Pay Limit Scheme's minimum amount here

SIRI can revoke your residence permit if you do not meet the requirements, e.g. if you are not paid the salary stated in your contract.

You can read more about revocation here

You can also find general information here

Please remember to always inform SIRI if your salary or terms of employments deteriorate. This also applies if you agree with your employer to lower your salary as a result of the Covid-19 situation.

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

If you are holding a residence permit under the Greencard Scheme, you can 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)