Normal processing time
2 months

Processing fee
DKK 1,645,-

What does it mean to be an accompanying family member?

What are the conditions?

Financial support

Accompanying family member to a person with a permanent residence permit

Residence permit for children older than 18 and parents

What are my rights if I am granted a permit?

How long can I stay in Denmark?

What more do I need to know before I apply?

What does it mean to be an accompanying family member?

You can be granted a residence permit as an accompanying family member if you are the

  • spouse
  • civil partner
  • cohabiting partner, or
  • child under the age of 18

of a foreign national who will be or is already residing in Denmark in order to work or obtain an authorisation. We will use the term ‘sponsor’ to refer to the foreign national that you will be accompanying to Denmark. 

In extraordinary cases, it is possible for your child over the age of 18, who is living with you, or for your parents, to be granted a residence permit.

You are a cohabiting partner if you have been living together with the sponsor for the last 1½-2 years or more and can document this.

What are the conditions?

You must be able to document that you are related to the sponsor.

The documentation can be a marriage certificate, birth certificate or similar.

In addition, a number of other conditions must be met:

You must hold a valid passport. This also applies to infants born in Denmark.

Read more about the passport requirements here.

When granted a permit as an accompanying family member, you must reside at the same address as the sponsor, who is here to work.

This also applies to children who have turned 18 years old.

The sponsor, who is in Denmark to work, must be able to support you.

You are not allowed to receive any benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act, e.g. social security benefits.

You can see a list of benefits that you are not allowed to receive here.

No documentation of the ability to support yourselves is required if the sponsor holds a residence and work permit based on a paid employment.

Below you can read more about the requirement that you can support yourself, if you are an accompanying family member to a sponsor who has applied or is applying for an establishment card, a permit as guest researcher, a permit based on the Start-up Denmark scheme or a permit to obtain a Danish authorisation. 

If the child’s parents have joint custody, and if only the sponsor will be staying with the child in Denmark, the other parent must consent to let the child travel to Denmark.

In order to be granted a residence permit as an accompanying spouse, it is a requirement that the marriage or registered partnership can be recognised under Danish law.

A foreign marriage or registered partnership can be recognised in Denmark if it was entered into in accordance with the rules in the country where it took place, and if the circumstances surrounding the marriage or registered partnership do not violate fundamental Danish legal principles.

A foreign marriage or registered partnership cannot be recognised if

  • one or both parties were under the age of 18 at the time of the wedding or registration, or
  • the marriage or registration was concluded without both parties being physically present

If we decide that the marriage cannot be recognised under Danish law, we will consider whether you and your spouse can be considered as cohabiting partners.

Since 15 June 2012 the Danish Act on the Formation and Dissolution of Marriage has been changed to allow same-sex couples to enter into marriage the same way that opposite-sex couples can enter into marriage.

At the same time the Danish Registered Partnership Act has been repealed. This means that since 15 June 2012 it is no longer possible to enter into a registered partnership in Denmark. The Act, however, continues to regulate registered partnerships entered into before this date.

On 1 February 2017 changes were introduced to the Act on Marriage Formation and Dissolution, the Aliens Act and the Guardianship Act. The changes mean that it is no longer possible to exempt applicants from the requirement that both parties must be 18 years of age in order to enter into marriage in Denmark.

Marriages entered into by minors in a country outside Denmark (except by EU/EØS citizens) are no longer recognised in Denmark. This also applies to marriages entered into before 1 February 2017 and to applications being processed when the law came into effect.

The law does not apply to marriages or registered partnerships recognised by the Danish authorities before the law came into effect.

You must have been living together with the sponsor for the last 1½-2 years or more. This must be documented, for example, by providing lease contracts, insurance policies, joint bank statements or similar documents. stating both of your names.

Financial support

We do not require documentation for the sponsor’s ability to support you, if he or she holds a residence and work permit based on salaried employment.

If the sponsor has applied or is applying for an establishment card, for a permit as a guest researcher, for a permit based on the Start-up Denmark Scheme or for a permit to obtain a Danish authorisation, documentation of the sponsors ability to support you must be provided:

If the sponsor holds or applies for an establishment card, the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you during the entire period of your stay in Denmark.

If you and the sponsor apply simultaneously, the sponsor must have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 174,528 (2018 level).

Read more about the self-support requirement here.

If the sponsor holds or applies for a permit as a guest researcher, the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you during the entire period of your stay in Denmark.

If you and the sponsor apply simultaneously, the sponsor must have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 270,768 (2018 level).

Read more about the self-support requirement here.

If the sponsor holds or applies for a residence permit in order to obtain a Danish authorisation, the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you during the first year of your stay in Denmark.

If you and the sponsor apply simultaneously and both of you are at least 25 years old, the sponsor must have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 159,840 (2018 level).

Read more about the self-support requirement here.

If the sponsor holds or applies for a residence permit based on the Start-up Denmark scheme, the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you during the first year of your stay in Denmark.

If you and the sponsor apply simultaneously, the sponsor must have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 270,768 (2018 level).

Read more about the self-support requirement here.

If the sponsor holds a residence permit as an unpaid PhD student at the ESS, the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you during the first year of your stay in Denmark.

If you and the sponsor apply simultaneously, the sponsor must have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 146,160 (2018 level).

Read more about the self-support requirement here.

Accompanying family member to a person with a permanent residence permit

If the sponsor originally was granted a residence permit based on work, but now has been granted a permanent residence permit from the Danish Immigration Service, you can submit an application for a residence permit or for an extension of your residence permit to SIRI.

The conditions for a residence permit are the same as if the sponsor was still holding a temporary permit on the basis of work.

If the sponsor has been granted Danish citizenship, you cannot be granted a residence permit as an accompanying family member. Instead, you can submit an application for family reunification to the Danish Immigration Service.

If the sponsor has been granted a permanent residence permit, you can in certain instances submit an application for family reunification to the Danish Immigration Service.

You can read more about the possibilities for family reunification here.

Residence permit for children older than 18 and parents

If you are a child 18 years or older or a parent of the sponsor who will be working in Denmark, it is only in extraordinary instances that SIRI can grant you a residence permit as an accompanying family member.

This can be the case, if two or more of these circumstances apply to you:

  • The sponsor has always supported you financially and has always lived at the same address as you
  • You are particularly dependent on the sponsor because of disability, old age or similar.
  • You do not have any other family in your home country.
  • You have previously been living together with the sponsor when he or she has been stationed abroad.

You must document the special circumstances that apply to your case.

In such cases, SIRI will assess whether the special circumstances provide sufficient grounds for you to be granted a permit as an accompanying family member even though you are a parent or a child that have turned 18 years old. 

What are my rights if I am granted a permit?

What are you allowed do with a Danish residence permit as an accompanying family member to an employee? – and what are you not allowed to do?

A residence permit allows you to stay in Denmark for the period of time your permit is valid.

In addition, a permit allows you to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within the last 180 days. The permit, however, does not allow you to work in other Schengen countries.

You must not give up your Danish address or stay abroad for longer than 6 successive months. A violation will result in the lapse of your permit. This means that you will lose your right to stay in Denmark.

If you need to stay abroad for a longer period of time, e.g. if you wish to take parental leave in your home country, you can apply for a dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing.

You can read more about permit lapse and dispensation options here.

If the sponsor holds a residence permit based on the Fast-track scheme, you are exempt from the rules that can cause your permit to lapse. Hence, you are allowed to give up your Danish address if you stay abroad for a period of time.

Holding a permit as an accompanying family member to an employee grants you the right to work in Denmark. Therefore, you do not need to apply for a separate work permit if you get a job.

You are also allowed to run your own business.

If you are under 18 years of age, special rules apply to how much you are allowed to work. You can read more about these rules on the website of the Danish Working Environment Authority (Arbejdstilsynet).

A Danish residence permit does not allow you to work in other Schengen countries.

You and the sponsor must support yourselves during your stay. You are not allowed to receive benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act.

If you or the sponsor receives such benefits during your stay, your permit can be revoked – and you will lose the right to stay in Denmark.

If an authority, e.g. a municipality, disburses benefits to foreign nationals, SIRI will be notified.

 You can see a list of benefits that you are not allowed to receive here.

With a residence permit in Denmark, you are entitled to partly user paid Danish lessons. However, you must have turned 18 years and have your Danish address registered in the Danish National Register.

Your municipality of residence is obliged to offer you Danish lessons and refer you to a language center.

If you have not been offered Danish lessons within a month after registering your address in Denmark, you can contact your municipality.

You will be taught together with other foreign nationals who have arrived in Denmark recently.

If you are going to stay and possibly work in Denmark, there are a number of things to acquaint yourself with. Depending on your personal situation, you might need other important information and options.

The portal lifeindenmark.dk provides you with information, links and in many cases also options concerning the most important subjects such as:

  • NemID
  • The CPR register
  • Health card
  • Tax matters
  • Holiday entitlements
  • School and daycare
  • Housing
  • Danish lessons
  • Car registration and driver’s license  

How long can I stay in Denmark?

If you apply from abroad together with the sponsor, you can be granted a residence permit for 1 month before the sponsor starts working.

This will give you time to settle in Denmark.

In the application form, the sponsor must declare that he or she can support him- or herself and the accompanying family during this period.

If you are already in Denmark when applying, you can stay in Denmark while your application is being processed.

You will normally be granted a permit valid for the same period as the family member who is in Denmark to work (the sponsor) – however, the period cannot exceed 4 years.

If the sponsor’s employment is extended, and you want to stay in Denmark, you must apply for an extension of your residence permit.

It is very important that you apply for an extension before your permit expires.

If you submit your application for an extension in time, you can stay in Denmark even though your permit expires.

If you are an accompanying child and you are granted your first residence permit before you have turned 18 years old, you can extend your permit even though you have turned 18 in the meantime. However, you must still be living at the same address as the sponsor.

If the sponsor has been granted a permanent residence permit, you can be granted a permit valid for 4 years stay in Denmark.  

A residence permit can only be valid until 3 months before the expiry date of your passport.

If your passport has a shorter validity than the otherwise possible period of stay, your residence permit will be shortened. This means that the validity of your residence permit will be shorter than it could be. When you have renewed your passport, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit – however, this can only be done 3 months before your permit expires at the earliest.

Read more about the passport requirements. 

What more do I need to know before I apply?

An application for a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an employee is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). If you are in Denmark when submitting the application, you must be here legally. More about legal submission here.

You must document in what way you are related to the sponsor. Therefore, it is very important that you attach a copy of your marriage certificate, documentation of your cohabitation or your birth certificate to the application.

Before submitting your application, you must create a case order ID for your application and pay a fee to cover SIRI’s case processing expenses. You can do this on the “How to apply” tab to the right. Here you also find the relevant application form, MF1. You can choose between an online form and a print form. It is best to use the online form as it is both safer and more efficient.

Each accompanying family member must submit an individual application. For example, if a spouse and two children are applying for residence permits as accompanying family members, 3 case order IDs must be created, 3 fees must be paid and 3 application forms must be submitted.

SIRI will contact you or the sponsor in Denmark if we need further information to process your case.

Below you will find a step-by-step guide to submitting an application to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

It is important that you have carefully read the conditions for being granted a residence permit before you begin step 1. You can do this on the tab “Need to know” on the left.

When submitting an application or appeal with a fee, you must first create a case order ID.

Case type:

Accompanying family - labour

Fee:

DKK 1,645,-

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Only certain applicants are exempt from paying a fee. If the immigration authorities decide at a later stage that the applicant/appelant is not exempt from paying a fee, the application/appeal will be rejected.
If you have paid a fee and the following case handling shows that the fee should not have been paid, the whole fee will be refunded.

In certain cases the fee is not warranted (fee exemption). Examples are:

  • The Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey
  • Denmark’s international obligations
  • Citizenship of the EU/EEA

You are still required to create a case order ID, even if you are not required to pay a fee.

If you have paid a fee and it is not warranted, the whole fee will be refunded.

Read more about Fee exemption

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All fees are regulated every year on 1 January. Make sure to create your Case Order ID, pay the fee and submit your application in the same calendar year. If you pay the fee before 1 January and submit your application after 1 January, your application may be rejected.

If no case order ID is shown in the field below, please type your case order ID and click on View payment status.

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Please include the following information when paying the fee online using a Danish internet bank.

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Order payment form

On this page you can order a payment form which you can use to pay the fee at a post office or in a bank. 

The payment form will be sent to the address you give below. 

It is a good idea to gather the necessary documents before you start to complete the application form. You can use the check list below.

If you submit documents not written in English, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, you must also submit certified translations into Danish or English.

You must submit:

If you are a spouse or registered partner, you must also submit:

If you are a cohabiting partner, you must submit:

If you are a child, you must submit

If the sponsor has applied or will apply for a permit based on one of the following schemes - Establishment Card, Start-up Denmark, guest researcher, unsalaried PhD or authorisation, you must also submit:

Expect to use

60 minutes

completing the application

1 person

You complete the application form yourself.

In this step you have access to the relevant application form MF1.

Make sure that you have completed all the preceeding steps before you begin.

All our application forms contain careful instructions on how to complete the form and what kind of documents you must submit along with the form.

You can read more about how we process your personal data here.

Make sure you have all documents ready in digital form, in order to attach them as you complete the application form.

Online application

If you apply online, you must use the application form MF1 online:

 

Use the online form MF1

 

Printable application forms

If your choose the printable application form MF1, you can choose between Word-format and pdf-format.

The printable application form in Word format can be completed on screen before you print. The application form in pdf format must be printed first and then completed by hand.

You must submit the necessary documentation with the application form.

Download the printable form MF1 (Word format)

Download the printable form MF1 (Pdf format)

You have applied online

If you have applied online, your application has already been submitted. Read more about having your biometrics recorded in the next step.

You are are submitting the application abroad

The application can be submitted to a Danish diplomatic mission or an application centre in the country where you are residing.

See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ list of diplomatic missions or application centres where you can hand in your application

In certain countries Denmark does not have a diplomatic mission or application centre. In these instances the list will refer you to one of the Norwegian missions with which Denmark has made an agreement or to the nearest Danish diplomatic mission or application centre in the region.

We recommend that you visit the local diplomatic mission’s webpage to get more information before you submit the application. The individual diplomatic mission can have additional requirements regarding payment of additional fees, submission of additional passport photos or additional copies of the application.

You are submitting the application in Danmark

If you are residing legally in Denmark, you are normally able to submit the application in Denmark. This is the case, if you:

  • hold a valid visa
  • is exempt from the visa requirement or
  • already hold a valid residence permit.

Read more about the legal residence requirement and submission of your application in Denmark. 

You can submit the applicaton in SIRI’s Citizen Centre in Copenhagen. If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area, you can also submit the application at a local police station with facilities for recording biometrics.

If you plan to submit you application I SIRI’s Citizen Centre, you must remember to book an appointment.

See a list of local police stations, where you can submit your application.

You can also send the application to SIRI.

When you apply for a residence permit, you must have your biometric features recorded. This means that you must have a facial photo taken and your fingerprints recorded. The facial photo and your fingerprints will be stored on a microchip embedded in the residence card, which will be issued to you if you are granted a permit.

If you do not agree to have your biometric features recorded, your application will be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed.

Read more about biometrics here.

You have applied online

If you have submitted an online application form, you must have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after you submitted your application.

Your biometric features can be recorded at a Danish diplomatic mission abroad, at a Danish local police station with facilities for recording biometrics or in SIRI’s Citizen Centre.

If you are unable to have your biometric features recorded within the time limit of 14 days, because you are unable to book an appointment at a Danish diplomatic mission, you can inform us by email of the appointed time you will have your biometrics recorded. This way you can avoid having your application rejected.

You are are submitting the application abroad

If you submit an printable application form, you can have your biometric features recorded at a Danish diplomatic mission or an application centre in the country, where you reside.

See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ list of diplomatic missions or application centres where you can have your biometric features recorded.

In certain countries Denmark does not have a diplomatic mission or application centre. In these instances the list will refer you to one of the Norwegian missions with which Denmark has made an agreement or to the nearest Danish diplomatic mission or application centre in the region.

If you submit your application to a Norwegian diplomatic mission, you must also submit two passport photos. If you are granted a residence permit based on your application, you must within a specific time frame afte you entry to Denmark have your biometric features recorded.

We recommend that you visit the local diplomatic mission’s webpage to get more information before you submit the application. The individual diplomatic mission can have additional requirements regarding payment of additional fees, submission of additional passport photos or additional copies of the application.

You are submitting the application in Danmark

If you are residing legally in Denmark, you are normally able to have your biometric features recorded in Denmark. This is the case, if you:

  • hold a valid visa

  • is exempt from the visa requirement or

  • already hold a valid residence permit.

Read more about the legal residence requirement and submission of your application in Denmark. 

You can have your biometric features recorded in SIRI’s Citizen Centre in Copenhagen. 

If you plan to have your biometrics recorded in SIRI’s Citizen Centre, you must remember to book an appointment.

If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area, you can have your biometric features recorded at a local police station with facilities for recording biometrics.

See a list of local police stations, where you can have your biometrics recorded.

You have submitted your application succesfully if you have:

  • created a case order ID
  • paid the fee
  • submitted the application
  • had your biometric features recorded

You can see the normal case processing time to the right on this page. When we make a decision in your case, you will receive an answer.

SIRI will contact you or your employer if we need further information to process your case.

Read more about what you can expect while you are waiting for an answer.

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