Accompanying family members to students, PhDs and persons having or applying for a residence permit to obtain a Danish authorisation - extension
You want to extend your stay in Denmark as an accompanying family member to a person studying in Denmark in a higher educational programme or for a PhD, or a person with a residence permit in order to obtain a Danish authorisation..
Normal processing time
Can I extend my permit?
Your residence permit expires at the latest on the same date as the residence permit of the family member studying in Denmark or holding a residence permit in order to obtain a Danish authorisation. We will use the term ‘sponsor’ for this family member.
If the sponsor applies for an extension of his or her residence permit, or for a new residence permit as a student, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit.
If the sponsor applies for a residence permit on new grounds, e.g. applies for an Establishment Card or as an employee, you must submit a new application for a residence permit.
It is very important that you apply for an extension before your current residence permit expires, but not earlier than 3 months before it expires.
If you do not apply for extension before your permit expires, you no longer have the right to stay in Denmark – and an application submitted in Denmark will, in principle, be rejected.
If you apply for an extension in time, you are allowed to stay in Denmark while SIRI processes your application even though your residence permit expires. You are also allowed to continue to work, while you wait.
What are the conditions?
You must continue to meet the conditions that applies to your current residence permit as an accompanying family member to a student.
You must have a valid passport. This also applies to infants born in Denmark.
You must have lived at the same address in Denmark as the sponsor and you must have lived together continuously.
This also applies to a child that has turned 18 since the first application. Should the child move away from home, the child must submit an application based on his or her own grounds, e.g. as a student.
If a child has moved away from home, the possibility of an extension after turning 18 cannot be recreated by moving back into the parent’s home.
If you are an accompanying child, and you were granted your first residence permit before you turned 18, you can have your residence permit extended even if you have turned 18 in the meantime. However, this is only possible if you continue to live at the same address as the sponsor.
If the child’s parents have joint custody and if it is the sponsor only that resides in Denmark with the child, a new declaration of consent from the other parent is needed in case the previously submitted declaration of consent was limited to a specific period of time.
The sponsor who is in Denmark to study must continue to be able to support you.
You are not allowed to receive public benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act. There may also be other benefits that your sponsor is not allowed to receive.
You can see a list of benefits that you are not allowed to receive here.
The financial support requirement
You must document that the sponsor has sufficient funds to support you during your stay in Denmark.
The sponsor has sufficient funds to support you if he or she has disposable funds corresponding to DKK 6,589 (2023 level) per month you will be residing in Denmark - for a maximum of 12 months only, however.
In case you have already documented that your sponsor had disposable funds for 12 months when you applied for a residence permit in Denmark for the first time, you are not required to attach documentation for your sponsor’s funds again.
In case you have documented less than 12 months when you applied for a residence permit for the first time then you are required to attach documentation for your sponsor’s funds for the amount of months up to 12 months. For example if you have documented the first time you applied for a residence permit that your sponsor had sufficient funds to support you in 7 months then you are only required to attach documentation for your sponsor’s funds for 5 months (in case you are applying for an extension for 5 months or more).
The documentation can, for example, be a bank statement in the sponsor’s name with disposable funds corresponding to DKK 6,589 (2023 level) for each month you are required to attach documentation for.
No documentation of the sponsor's ability to support you is required if the sponsor is a PhD student who is employed by and receives a salary from a university or company.
The sponsor has applied for or is applying for an extension of his or her permit for the purpose of obtaining an authorisation
If the sponsor has applied or is applying for an extension of his or her permit for the purpose of obtaining an authorisation the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you during your stay in Denmark.
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 a student? – and what are you not allowed to do?
Holding a permit as an accompanying family member to a student 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.
In addition you can follow an educational programme in an educational institution.
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.
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 a period of 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.
You and your family must support yourselves during your stay. You are not allowed to receive benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act, e.g. cash benefits (kontanthjælp).
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 free Danish lessons. However, you must have turned 18 years and have your Danish address registered in the Danish National Register.
If you have a residence permit in Denmark based on work, study, etc. you have to pay a deposit before you can start receiving lessons. Be aware that you can lose your deposit if you do not pass the different modules within a specific timeframe.
Your municipality of residence is obliged to offer you Danish lessons and refer you to a language centre. If you have not been offered Danish lessons within a month after registering your address in Denmark, you can contact your municipality.
You will (typically) be taught together with other foreign nationals who have arrived in Denmark recently.
If you are going to stay 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:
- The CPR register
- Health card
- Tax matters
- Holiday entitlements
- School and daycare
- Danish lessons
- Car registration and driver’s license
How long can I stay in Denmark?
You will normally be granted a permit valid for the same period as the family member who is in Denmark to study (the sponsor).
If you have had a residence permit on the same grounds for 8 years, your permit can be extended for up to 5 years if your sponsor has permanent residence.
If you are an accompanying child and you were granted your first residence permit before you 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.
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.
What more do I need to know before I apply?
An application for an extension of a residence permit as an accompanying family member to a student 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, MF2. This form is only available in a digital (online) version.
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.
You can be represented by a third party. It can be a family member, attorney or relocation agency. If you choose to be represented, you must give the third party representing you power of attorney to handle the application on your behalf.
You can find an approved template of a power of attorney here
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.
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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Please include the following information when paying the fee online using a Danish internet bank.
You can download a payment form that shows you all the required information needed when paying from a Danish internet bank. This payment form can only used for payment from a Danish internet bank.Download payment form as PDF (only to be used for a Danish internet bank)
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, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, you must also submit certified translations into Danish or English.
You must submit:
If you are a child, you must submit
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completing the application
You complete the application form by yourself.
In this step you have access to the relevant application form MF2.
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 on which documents you must submit along with the form.
Make sure you have all documents ready in digital form, in order to attach them as you complete the application form.
If you do not have a NemID, you must sign, scan and attach to the application the document 'Sworn declarations and information'.
You can download the document 'Sworn declarations and information' here (also available in the form)
You can download the form for the declaration of consent here (also available in the form)
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 one of SIRI’s branch offices.
If you plan to have your biometrics recorded in one of SIRI’s branch offices, you must remember to book an appointment.
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.