Expected maximum processing times for most case types

The Immigration Service has maximum processing times for most case types.

However, in the area of visa (short term) and asylum other types of goals apply for the processing time. Read more below about the goals for the processing time in visa and asylum cases.

The maximum processing time is the maximum time that you under normal circumstances can expect that it will take before you receive a decision in your case.

The processing time is calculated from the date the application is submitted.

The Immigration Service has introduced new processing times as of 1 March 2017. If you have been informed of the expected processing times before 1 March 2017, it is the informed processing time that applies.  Read the news about new processing times. [Link til: nyhed].

The maximum processing times can be expected to be met in 90 percent of the completed cases in a given case type. In a number of cases the processing time will be shorter than the maximum processing time and in special cases it will take longer time before you receive an decision in the case.

The processing time may be longer than the excepted maximum processing time if the Immigration Service needs further information in order to rule in the case.

In cases concerning family reunification it can e.g. be information for assessing if a marriage is valid or if it is a marriage of convenience or forced marriage.

Processing times for visa cases

The maximum application processing times for visa cases are established by law and are specified in the pan-European set of rules called the Visa Code. The processing times are calculated from the date when the application is submitted at a Danish diplomatic mission abroad, regardless of any furthering to the Immigration Service for processing.

Average processing time for asylum cases

The Danish Immigration Service has a goal for the average maximum processing time for asylum cases. The goal is calculated from the point in time the application is submitted to the time the Immigration Service closes the case.  It is the average processing time, which means that practically very few cases are finished after the exact number of months the goal states. Most cases take either shorter or longer time.

Waiting time at the Citizen Service

The Immigration Service also has goals for the maximum waiting times for telephone enquiries and enquiries in person. The goals are expected to be met for at least 80 percent of enquires and thereby special peak periods are taken into account.

Overview of processing times

The expected maximum processing time for applications for family reunification is:

10 months

The processing time is calculated from the date the application is submitted to the date a residence permit is granted or the application is rejected. If your spouse residing in Denmark has to post collateral guarantee before a residence permit can be granted, the processing time is calculated from the day the Immigration Service requests the collateral guarantee.

If the application for family reunification is submitted before 1 March 2017 and you have not received a letter from the Immigration Service, where the processing time for the given case is informed, the expected maximum processing time is 12 months.

For applications submitted at a Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) or at another Schengen country’s diplomatic mission that represents Denmark in visa issuing, the maximum processing time normally is:

15 days

In cases where the processing requires further enquiries, the maximum processing time is:

30 days

In cases where the processing requires additional documentation, the maximum processing time is:

60 days

For appeals about refused visa applications, the maximum processing time is:

12 months

Read more about the application processing times for issuing a visa

In asylum cases the average maximum processing time is:

7 months

That the goal is stated as average processing time means, that practically very few cases are finished after the exact number of months the goal states. Most cases take either shorter or longer time.

The expected maximum processing time for applications for residence permit as a religious worker is:

6 months

The expected maximum processing time for applications for temporary extension of residence permit is:

7 months

This applies to all types of extension, incl. Greenland and the Faroe Islands, except applications for temporary extension of residence permit as a religious worker.

The expected maximum processing time for applications for temporary extension of residence permit as a religious worker is:

6 months

The expected maximum processing time for applications for permanent residence permit is:

7 months

Incl. Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

The expected maximum processing time for applications for Danish alien's passport or convention passport is:

3 months

The expected maximum processing time for applications for extension of a Danish alien's passport or convention passport is:

2 months

If you, simultaneously with an application for a passport, or extension of a passport, are applying for extension of a residency permit, or a permanent residence permit, the processing of the passport application will only be dealt with once a decision about the extension of the residence permit or the permanent residence permit has been made. This is due to the fact that it is a requirement that you have a valid residence permit in order to be issued a passport as a foreign national. In this case the expected maximum processing time for the passport application is calculated starting from the date you have been granted an extension of your residence permit or a permanent residence permit.

The expected maximum processing time for applications for replacement residence cards and residence cards for children is:

4 months

The expected maximum processing time for applications for modification of personal data is:

6 months

The expected maximum processing time for applications for a residence permit not to be considered as lapsed before departure is:

4 months

The expected maximum processing time for applications for a residence permit not to be considered as lapsed after departure is:

6 months

The expected maximum processing time for applications for work and residence permit under the Association Agreement with Turkey is:

10 months

The expected maximum processing time for appeals under EU regulation is:

10 months

The maximum waiting time for enquiries in person at the Immigration Service’s Citizen Service is:

1 hour

The maximum waiting time for telephone enquiries is:

12 min

See the current waiting times at the Citizen Service

The goals for the maximum waiting time are expected to be met for at least 80 percent of enquires and thereby special peak periods are taken into account.