Normal processing time
1 month

Processing fee
DKK 1,900,-

Who can apply for an establishment card?

What are the conditions?

What are my rights, if I am granted a permit?

How long can I stay in Denmark?

Can my family be granted a residence permit?

What more do I need to know before I apply?

Who can apply for an establishment card?

If you have completed and been awarded a Danish master’s (candidatus) degree or PhD degree, you can apply for an establishment card.

You can apply for an establishment card after each completed Danish master's or PhD degree. For example if you have completed a master's degree and you have been granted an establishment card and afterwards complete a PhD degree, it is possible to apply for an establishment card again after the PhD degree is completed.

What are the conditions?

It is a requirement that you have been awarded a Danish master’s (candidatus) degree or PhD degree by a Danish university.

If you have completed an advanced postgraduate (soloist) programme from the Danish Academies of Music or the Opera Academy, your educational level is considered to be equivalent to a PhD degree.

When you apply, you must provide documentation showing that you have completed a Danish master’s (candidatus) degree or PhD degree. The documentation must be in the form of your diploma. A pre-authorisation is not sufficient proof that you have earned a graduate or PhD degree. 

If you have not received your diploma yet by the time of the application but you have earned your graduate or PhD degree you can provide official documentation from your university that you have completed your programme and earned a graduate or PhD degree and you are only waiting for the official diploma to be issued.

In general, you must apply before your 6 month job seeking period expires.

If you have not been granted a job seeking permit, e.g. because your permit has been shortened due to the expiry of your passport or because you have completed a Danish graduate or Ph.D. degree while having a residence permit based on another of our schemes, you can still apply for an establishment card. You only have to apply no later than 6 months after you completed your education.

It is a requirement that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during the first year of your stay. If you have family applying for a residence permit to stay with you, you must also provide documentation of your ability to support them.

You have sufficient funds if you have an amount corresponding to

  • DKK 88.356 (2019 level) if you are in Denmark without any family,

  • DKK 176.712 (2019 level) if your spouse is accompanying you to Denmark

  • DKK 262.476 (2019 level) if your spouse and any children are accompanying you,

  • DKK 174.120 (2019 level) if any of your children, but not your spouse, are accompanying you

Documentation of your ability to support yourself (and any accompanying family members) can, for example, either be a bank statement or proof of your salary (as stated in your employment contract) if you are employed or have been offered employment. 

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

You must not receive graduate allowances (dimittenddagpenge) or benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act during your stay in Denmark. More on public benefits here.

What are my rights, if I am granted a permit?

What are you allowed do with an establishment card? – and what are you not allowed to do?

A residence and work 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, you can apply for a dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing.

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

You are allowed to work full time from the day of the submission of your application for an establishment card.

When you have been granted an establishment card, you are allowed to work in any company and in any position in Denmark. You do not have to apply for a work permit when you get a job. 

You are also allowed to run your own business.

You do not need to apply for a new residence permit if you change your job.

You can read more about working conditions in Denmark and 'The Danish labour market model' here.

You must be able to support yourself during your stay. For example, you are not allowed to receive graduate allowances (dimmitenddagpenge) and benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act – and there might be other benefits that you cannot receive. 

If you or a family member 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 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 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?

With an establishment card you can stay in Denmark for a maximum of 2 years. The permit cannot be extended beyond the 2 years.

If you, after the 2 years, wish to stay in Denmark as an employee, entrepreneur or student, you must apply for a new residence permit based another scheme.

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

Can my family be granted a residence permit?

A residence and work permit based on an establishment card allows your family to come with you to Denmark. 

A permit can be granted to your spouse, registered or cohabiting partner as well as children under the age of 18 living at home.

Read more about accompanying family members here.

If your family is already in Denmark, they must apply for a new residence permit to be allowed to continue staying with you in Denmark.

What more do I need to know before I apply?

An application for a residence permit based on an establishment card must be submitted to 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 submission here.

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 (EK1 online). 

Please note that, as a rule, SIRI will refuse your application for a residence permit on new grounds, if the application is submitted prematurely in relation to the wished for start date for your stay in Denmark.

If you submit such an application earlier than 6 months before your stay in Denmark will begin, you can expect a refusal to your application. If you have paid SIRI's case processing fee, you will not receive a refund of the fee.

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

You are allowed to work full time from the day of the submission of your application.

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:

Establishment card

Fee:

DKK 1,900,-

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You complete the application form by yourself.

In this step you have access to the relevant application form EK1.

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.

 

Use the online form EK1

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.

You must have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after you submitted your application.

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.

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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

When your application is submitted successfully, you are allowed to work full time.

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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