Normal processing time

2 months

Processing fee

DKK 2.755,-

Who can be granted a residence permit as an intern?
What are the conditions?
What are my rights if I am granted a permit?
How long can I stay in Denmark?
What should I do if I lose my internship or change my job?
Can my family be granted a residence permit?
What more to know before I apply?

Who can be granted a residence permit as an intern?

You can be granted a residence permit as an intern in Denmark if you meet two conditions:

  • You are enrolled in an educational programme in your home country or in a country in where you have been a legal resident, and
  • there are specific educational reasons for your internship in Denmark.

Your internship must be within the following sectors:

  • The green sector (the agricultural, veterinary, forestry or horticultural field)
  • The health sector
  • Architecture interns 

- or you can belong to the group of other interns.

Within certain sectors, you can stay in Denmark as an intern even though you have already completed your education – read more about the specific sectors below. 

What are the conditions?

The green sector

You must be at least 18 years old but cannot have turned 30 at the time of application.

You must have passed a language test in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German at A2-level or higher.  The language test must be verifiable.  Read more about language tests here.

The internship must supplement the educational programme you have begun in your home country or in the country where you have been a legal resident. The internship must not aim to supplement a Danish educational programme. You must provide documentation of enrollment in your educational programme with a list of the courses you have completed. An authorised translation of the list must be submitted along with your application.

The internship must be professionally related to your on-going educational programme abroad.

You cannot be granted a permit as an intern within the green sector if you have completed your educational programme.

You can read more about your rights as an intern in the leaflet “Information for interns within the green sector”.

Your place of internship must be approved to host interns. A copy of the approval of the place of internship must be submitted along with the application.

Salary and terms of employment must correspond to current Danish collective bargaining agreements for interns. You can find further information about the existing collective agreements here.

The health sector

You must be at least 18 years old but cannot have turned 35 at the time of application. Please note that the age limit of 35 years does not apply for medical interns.

The internship must supplement the educational programmeme you have begun in your home country or in the country where you have been a legal resident. You are allowed to do an internship within the health sector even though you have completed your educational programme.  The internship must not aim to supplement a Danish educational programme. You must provide documentation of your educational programme with a list of the courses you have completed. An authorised translation of the list must be submitted along with your application.

The internship must be professionally related to your on-going educational programme abroad.

If you have completed your educational programme, you must have completed it recently. If you completed the programme more than one and a half years ago, we will assess if there continues to be a relation between the desired internship and your completed education. Information on your employment after completion of your educational programme will be included in the assessment.

If your internship is without pay, you must provide documentation of your ability to support yourself for the full period of your internship. You must have an amount at your disposal corresponding to DKK 6.090 (2018 level) for each month you will be staying in Denmark. Documentation can be in the form of a bank statement or a copy of a scholarship certificate. It is important that the documentation is in your name. You will not meet the requirement if someone else supports you.

Read more about the requirement for self-support here

Your internship host must be qualified to host and train an intern. If an approval of the place of internship is not issued within the field in question, your place of internship must submit a description of the internship’s training programme.

All public hospitals in Denmark are approved places of internship.

Your place of internship must state who will be your supervisor during the internship.

Your place of internship must state whether they have experience with hosting interns and trainees. As a supplement, SIRI can obtain information from relevant professional organisations.

If your internship is paid, your salary and terms of employment must correspond to current Danish collective bargaining agreements for interns.

Your place of internship must submit a description of your work tasks and training programme along with the application.

Your place of internship must appoint a person responsible for the internship, who in writing will declare that it is professionally sound to host you as an intern, and that your work will be carried out under his or her supervision and responsibility. 

Architecture interns

You must be at least 18 years old but cannot have turned 35 at the time of application.

The internship must supplement the educational programmeme you have begun in your home country or in the country where you have been a legal resident. The internship must not aim to supplement a Danish educational programme. You must provide documentation of enrollment in your educational programme with a list of the courses you have completed. An authorised translation of the list must be submitted along with your application.

You cannot be granted a residence permit as an intern if you have completed your education as an architect.

The internship must be professionally related to your on-going educational programme abroad.

If your internship is without pay, you must provide documentation of your ability to support yourself during the full period of your internship. You must have an amount at your disposal corresponding to DKK 6.090 (2018 level) for each month you will be staying in Denmark. Documentation can be in the form of be a bank statement or a copy of a scholarship certificate. It is important that the documentation is in your name. You will not meet the requirement if someone else supports you.

You can read more about the requirement for self-support here

Your place of internship must use the standard contract “Internship Agreement and Guidelines” made by DANSKE ARK (Danish association of Architectural Firms) and the Danish Union of Architects and Designers.

The contract can be found on the website of DANSKE ARK.

The place of internship must be qualified to receive and train an intern. The architectural firm does not need a separate internship approval, but, in the standard contract, they should state the number of fully-trained architects and the number of interns working in the firm. SIRI will use this information to assess whether the firm is suited to be a place of internship. As a supplement, we can obtain information from relevant professional organisations.

If you receive a salary during your internship, your salary must be at least DKK 6.015 per month (2017 level). The salary must be stated in the standard contract.

Read more about the self-support requirements here.

Other interns

You must be at least 18 years old but cannot have turned 35 at the time of application.

The internship must supplement the educational programme you have begun or completed in your home country or in the country where you have been a legal resident.  The internship must not aim to supplement a Danish educational programme. You must provide documentation your enrollment in a educational programme with a list of the courses you have completed.  An authorised translation of the list must be submitted along with your application.

The internship must be professionally related to your educational programme abroad.

If you have completed your educational programme, you must have completed it recently. If you graduated more than one and a half years ago, we will assess if there continues to be a relation between the desired internship and your completed education. Information about your employment after your graduation will be included in the assessment.

If your internship is without pay, you must provide documentation of your ability to support yourself during the full period of your internship. You must have an amount at your disposal corresponding to DKK 6.090 (2018 level) for each month you will be staying in Denmark. Documentation can, for example, be a bank statement or a copy of a scholarship certificate. It is very important that the documentation is in your name. You will not meet the requirement if someone else supports you. 

Read more about the self-support requirement here

Your place of internship must be qualified to receive and train an intern. If a place of internship approval is not issued within the field in question, your place of internship must submit a description of the course of the internship. In addition, your place of internship must state who will be supervising you during the internship and state whether the firm has experience with taking on interns or trainees. As a supplement, SIRI can obtain information from relevant professional organisations.

Your place of internship must submit a description of your tasks and a training plan along with the application.

If your internship is paid, salary and terms of employment must correspond to Danish collective agreements for interns. 

What are my rights if I am granted a permit?

What are you allowed to do with a Danish residence permit as an intern – and what are you not allowed to do?

You can only work in the position and in the place of internship that you have been granted a permit to work in.

If you are offered a new internship, you must apply for a new permit. This also applies if you are offered a new position, e.g. as a herdsman, in the same workplace.

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

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

Moreover, a permit allows you to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within a 180 days period. However, the permit 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, you can apply for a dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing.  Please note that a dispensation can only be granted in exceptional cases, e.g. if there is critical illness in your nearest family.  

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

You must be able to support yourself during your stay. You are not allowed to receive benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act.

If you receive 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 free 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 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?

A residence permit as an intern will be valid from the day you start working.

If you are an intern within the green sector, you can be granted a residence and work permit valid for up to 12 months – however, the validity period cannot exceed the contract period. If you attend a Danish agricultural school or technical school for a period of 6 to 8 months as a supplement to your internship, you can be granted a residence permit for up to 18 months in total.

If you are an intern within the health sector, within architecture or an intern within the field of ‘other interns’, you can be granted a residence and work permit valid for up to 18 months - however, the validity period cannot exceed the length of the internship.

If your internship is extended, you can apply for an extension of your residence and work 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 are allowed to stay in Denmark and continue your internship even though your permit expires while we process your case.

A residence permit as an intern is only valid until the expiry of the place of internship approval, if applicable.

If your place of internship’s approval has a shorter validity than the otherwise possible period of residence, your residence permit will be shortened. This means that the validity of your residence permit will be shorter than it could be. When your place of internship has obtained a new approval, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit. 

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.

Read more about the passport requirements.

What should I do if I lose my internship or change my job?

If you are granted a permit based on the scheme, your residence permit is linked to your internship in Denmark. Your internship is the basis for your permit.

You must always inform SIRI if you lose your internship or change your place of internship.

Your work permit is limited to the internship that your permit is granted for. You must not work in other positions than the one stated on your permit. This also applies if you are offered a new position at the same workplace.

If you find a new internship or are offered a job while doing your internship, you must submit a new application for a residence and work permit with information on the new internship or job. You are not allowed to begin working before you have been a new permit.

Can my family be granted a residence permit?

Normally, you are not allowed to bring your family with you to Denmark with a residence permit as an intern.

Read more about accompanying family members here.

What more to know before I apply?

An application for a residence permit based on an internship is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

You must have an internship agreement with a company registered in Denmark to be able to apply.

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 right. Here you also find the relevant application form, PR1 or PR3. You can choose between an online form and a paper form. It is best to use the online form as it is both safer and more efficient.

Your place of internship must fill in one of two parts of the form – and if you use the online form, your place of internship must be the first to fill in his or her part. When your place of internship has completed his or her part, a reference number and password will be shown, which your place of internship must pass on to you. You are then able to open the online application and complete your part.

SIRI will contact you or your place of internship 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:

Intern

Fee:

DKK 2.755,-

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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 payed a fee and it is not warranted, the whole fee will be refunded.

Read more about Fee exemption

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Payment options

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Pay by international bank transfer

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Pay online using your Danish internet bank

Danish internet bank

This page tells you which information is required when paying the fee online using a Danish internet bank.

Pay using Danish internet bank

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

Order payment form and pay fee at a post office or in a bank

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.

If you are submitting af new application because you have changed place of internship you don't have to attach educational documents - unless your educational situation has changed.

 

You must submit:

If you are doing an internship in the green sector (the agricultural, veterinary, forestry or horticultural field), you must also submit:

If you are doing an internship in  healthcare sector, natural sciences, technical fields, the pharmaceutical sector, architecture etc., you must also submit

If you are an architectural intern, you must also submit:

If you are doing an internship in the healthcare sector, you must also submit:

If the internship has been arranged through IAESTE/AIESEC you only need to submit - apart from a copy of your passport and receipt for payment of fee:

Expect to use

30-40 minutes

completing the application

2 persons

You and your place of internship are each required to complete a part of the form.

In this step you and your place of internship have access to the relevant application forms. You can choose between an online form and a print form.

Make sure that you have read all the relevant information on the tab 'Need to know' and 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.

Online applications

If you apply online, you must use the form PR1/3 which covers interns in the agricultural, veterinary, forestry or horticultural fields as well as interns in the healthcare sector, natural sciences, technical fields, the pharmaceutical sector, architecture etc.

Your place of internship must complete the first of the two parts of the form. When your they have completed their part, a reference number and password will be shown, which your place of internship must pass on to you. You are then able to open the online application and complete your part.

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

Use the online form PR1/3

 

Printable application forms

If you choose to use the printable application forms, you must choose between:

  • PR1, if you will be an intern in the agricultural, veterinary, forestry or horticultural fields
  • PR3, if you will be an intern in the healthcare sector, natural sciences, technical fields, the pharmaceutical sector, architecture etc.

In the printable application forms your place of internship must complete part 2 of the form. When your they has completed their part, you must complete your part. Once parts 1 and 2 have been completed, they must be submitted together – read more in the next step.

You must submit the necessary documents with the application.

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.

Download the printable form PR1 (Word format)                 

Download the printable form PR3 (Word 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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