Normal processing time
3 months

Processing fee
DKK 2,940,-

Can I extend my permit?

What are the conditions for an extension?

What are my rights, if I am granted an extension?

For how long time can I stay in Denmark?

What more to know before I apply?

Can I extend my permit?

Your residence permit can only be extended up to a total period of 2 years. 

If you have not received a permit valid for 2 years e.g. because of the expiry date of your passport, of your contract, or if you arrived in Denmark on a later date than the starting date of your permit, your residence permit can be extended up to a total period of 2 years.

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

If you do not apply for an extension before your permit expires, you no longer have the right to stay in Denmark – and an application submitted in Denmark will usually be rejected.

If you apply for an extension in time, you are allowed to stay in Denmark and continue as an au pair with your host family even though your permit expires while SIRI processes your application for an extension. 

You can apply for an extension of your residence permit no earlier than 3 months before your permit expires.

What are the conditions for an extension?

You and your host family must have complied with the au pair contract you both entered into in your first application, and both of you must continue to fulfil the conditions that apply to your current residence permit.

 

If you have been granted a residence permit for less than 2 years because of the the expiry date of your passport, it is a condition that you either have a new passport or have had the validity of your existing passport extended.

If you have been granted a residence permit for less than 2 years, because of the expiry date of your au pair contract, it is a condition that you and your host family renew the au pair contract with the remaining period for up to 2 years.

If you have arrived in Denmark on a later date than the date when your residence permit started, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit so you get a maximum total of 2 years stay as an au pair.

What are my rights, if I am granted an extension?

What can you do with a Danish residence permit as an au pair – and what can you not do?

 

A residence permit as an au pair gives you the right to stay in Denmark for the period your permit is valid.

Moreover, a permit allows you to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within the past 180 days. 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 dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing. 

You can read more about permit lapse and dispensation options 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 by your municipality, you can contact your municipality. 

You will be taught together with other foreign nationals.

When living 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.

You might already have done what is necessary, but if you still have any questions, 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

For how long time can I stay in Denmark?

You can stay in Denmark as an au pair for a maximum of 2 years.

The permit cannot be extended for more than a maximum of 2 years.

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 requirements on your passport.

What more to know before I apply?

An application for extension of a residence permit as an au pair is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

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: AU1 online.  

When you apply for an extension you must use the online version of the application form AU1.

Your host family must fill in the first two out of three sections of the application. Once the host family is finished they will receive a reference number and an access code for your part of the application form, which they must pass on to you so you can open the application form and fill in your part. 

You must have your biometric features recorded again when you have submitted your application for extension.

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

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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:

Au Pair - extension

Fee:

DKK 2,940,-

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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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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. 

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Expect to use

30 minutes

per person to complete the application

3 persons

You and your host family are each required to complete the form. Both your host parents must sign

In this step you and your host family have access to the relevant application form AU1 online.

When you apply for an extension you must use the online version of the application form AU1.

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.

In the AU1 online form your host family must complete the two parts of the form. When your host family has completed their part, a reference number and password will be shown, which your host family 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 AU1

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.

SIRI can, as a rule, only start processing your application once you have had your biometric features recorded. This must happen  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.

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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