SIRI has granted you a permit to study in Denmark. What should you do next?

If you are not already in Denmark when you receive your permit, you might need a visa to enter Denmark.

If you need a visa to enter Denmark

With your permit you have received a visa to enter Denmark. The representation where you applied for a residence permit will inform you of our decision and hand you the letter granting you a permit along with a visa allowing you to enter Denmark.

Your entry visa is a sticker, which the representation will put in your passport.

If you do not need a visa to enter Denmark

The representation where you applied for a residence permit will inform you of our decision and hand you the letter granting you a permit. Since you do not need a visa you can travel to Denmark freely.

Read more about visas and who needs a visa here

When you have been granted a residence permit, you will also receive a residence card as proof of your permit. The residence card contains the biometric data which have been recorded.

Read more about residence cards here

After your entry into Denmark, you must, no later than 5 days after you have moved into your residence in Denmark, ask to be registered in the CPR registry as having entered and taken up residence in Denmark. You must appear in person bringing your residence permit, your passport and documentation of your Danish address, for example, in the form of a rental agreement.

Your residence card will then be sent to the address which has been registered in the CPR registry.

You can read more about registering with the CPR registry here

If you have not had your biometric data recorded

If you have not had your biometric data recorded, e.g. since you applied at a Norwegian representation with which Denmark has an agreement, you must have your biometric data recorded no later than 14 days after having entered Denmark.

You can read more about biometrics and how to have your biometrics recorded here

You can have your biometric data recorded at a Danish policestation that records biometric data or in SIRIs Citizen Centre.

If you choose to have your biometric data recorded in SIRIs Citizen Centre, you must remember to book an appointment here

If you live outside the greater Copenhagen area, you can have your biometric data recorded at a policestation that records biometrics.

View a list of local police station that records biometric data here

You will receive your residence card in the mail 2-3 weeks after you have had your biometric data recorded and have registered an address in the CPR registry.

You must make sure to have your name on the mail box or your residence card will be returned to SIRI.

A permit grants you the right to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within a 180 days period. The permit does not grant you the right to work in other Schengen countries.

If you have been granted a permit as a student in a higher educational programme or in a PhD programme, your family can also be granted residence permits.

Read more about residence permits for accompanying family members here

You can leave Denmark for up to 6 months withour losing your permit, if you keep your address in Denmark.

If you give up your address in Denmark and leave, your residence permit will lapse.

Your permit will also lapse, if you reside outside of Denmark for more than 6 months.

Read more about how your permit can lapse here

The link above also gives you information about what you should do, if you are going to reside outside of Denmark for more than 6 months or if your permit already has lapsed.

SIRI can revoke your permit if you do not meet the conditions for the permit, e.g. if

  • you are no longer enrolled at the study programme 
  • you are not actively studying, e.g. you have taken a leave from your studies 
  • you work more hours than allowed
  • you work without a work permit

You can also lose your permit under the rules on how a permit can lapse, if you stay outside Denmark for more than 6 months.

Read more on the rules on how a permit can lapse here

Here you can also find information about what you should do, if you are to stay outside Denmark for more than 6 months.

You can apply for a permanent residence permit, if you have resided in Denmark legally for a number of years and meet certain conditions.

Read more about permanent residence here

If you need to travel out of Denmark before you have received your residence card, you must apply for a re-entry permit in order to be able to return to Denmark.

You can read more about re-entry permits here

You do not need a re-entry permit, if you are from a visa free country or if you have a visa, which is valid until the day you return to Denmark, e.g if you received a visa with your permit.

You can begin to study as soon as you have arrived in Denmark and is staying here legally.

If you have been granted a limited work permit with your residence permit, you can begin to work as soon as the permit i valid.

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