The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has established service goals for most case types, i.e. maximum time limits on how long an applicant can expect to wait for a decision.

The service goal is calculated from the day the application is submitted and until a decision has been reached.

In the majority of the applications we receive, the necessary and relevant information has been included from the beginning, enabling us to reach a decision.

SIRI determines whether additional information or documentation is needed in order to reach a decision. If we need additional information, you will be notified as soon as possible. Otherwise, you will typically not hear from us until we send you a decision.

The service goals for processing an application vary from 1 to 3 months, depending on the type of application.

As an example, the service goal for an application for a residence permit as a researcher is 1 month. A complete application submitted on 1 August will be fully processed no later than 1 September the same year.

If SIRI has any doubts whether your salary and terms of employment correspond to Danish standards, we can ask experts in the field, e.g. one of the regional labour market councils, to assess your terms of employment. When this is needed the servicegoal is 3 months from the day the applicaiton has been submitted (*).

It can have an influence on the processing time if we receive an extraordinarily high number of applications, e.g. due to seasonal variations.

Here is an overview of the service goals:

Type of application Service goal

The Pay Limit Scheme*

1 month

The Fast-track Scheme*

1 month

The Positive List*

1 month

Researchers

1 month
PhDs 1 month

Start-up Denmark

1 month

Establishment card

1 month

Other work*

1 month

Students

2 months

Working Holiday

3 months

Au pair

3 months

Internship

2 months

Volunteers

3 months

Residence and work permit on the Faroe Islands

3 months

Residence and work permit in Greenland

3 months

Accompanying family members

2 months

Extensions (all types)

3 months