Normal processing time
3 months

Processing fee
DKK 1,515,-

You can also apply here, if your family member is a

  • greencard holder
  • establisment card holder
  • guest researcher

or has a

  • residence permit under the Start-up Denmark Scheme
  • residence permit in order to obtain a Danish authorisation
  • residence permit in Denmark based on work at ESS in Sweden

Can I extend my permit?

What are the conditions?

Financial support

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

Accompanying family member to a person with a permanent residence permit

How long can I stay in Denmark?

What more do I need to know before I apply?

Can I extend my permit?

You can apply for an extension of your residence permit as an accompanying family member, if you continue to be the

  • spouse,
  • registered partner,
  • cohabiting partner, or
  • child - living at home and, as a rule, have not yet turned 18

of an foreign national residing in Denmark in order to work.  In the following we use the term ‘sponsor’ for this foreign national.

You must use this page to apply if the sponsor holds a Greencard, is a guest researcher, holds a permit based on the Start-Up Denmark Scheme, holds a permit to obtain authorisation in Denmark, or has a residence permit in Denmark in order to work with ESS in Sweden.

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

You can, at the earliest, apply for an extension of your permit 3 months before it expires.

If the sponsor has a job-seeking permit [link] you would as a rule be applying for an extension later than the sponsor (your spouse/partner/parent)

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 be rejected.

If you apply for an extension in time, you are allowed to stay in Denmark, even if your residence permit should expire while SIRI processes your application. You are also allowed to continue to work, while you wait.

Here you can see some examples of changes that a sponsor can make regarding his or her permit in Denmark, and what it entails for you.

If the sponsor changes job within the same scheme, e.g. the Pay Limit scheme, and therefore applies for a new residence and work permit, you do not need to submit a new application.

You do not need to submit a new application either if the sponsor changes from the Pay Limit scheme to the Positive list, for example.

If the sponsor changes to the Fast-track scheme, and you already hold a valid residence permit, you should only submit a new application as an accompanying family member if you want to be exempted from the rules that can cause your permit to lapse.

If the sponsor changes from the Fast-track scheme to the Pay Limit scheme, for example, you must submit a new application for a residence permit and pay the fee for the application. This is because you cannot keep the exemption from the rules that can cause your permit to lapse, as it is a condition that the sponsor holds a residence permit under the Fast-track scheme.

If the sponsor applies for a residence permit as e.g. a student or a guest researcher you must submit a new application for a residence permit.

What are the conditions?

You must continue to meet the conditions that applies to your current residence permit as an accompanying family member of an employee.

You must also continue to be the:

  • spouse
  • registered partner
  • tcohabiting partner, or 
  • child - living at home and, as a rule, have not yet turned 18

of an foreign national residing in Denmark in order to work.

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

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

If you have moved away from home you cannot recreate the possibility for an extension after turning 18, by moving back into your parents’ home.

During your entire stay in Denmark you must live at the same address in Denmark as the sponsor who is here to work. This also applies to children – regardless of their age.

The sponsor, who is in Denmark to work, must have sufficient funds to support you.

You are not allowed to receive benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act.

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

Below you can read more about the requirement of financial support.

Financial support

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

Below, you can see when we require specific documentation that the sponsor can support you.

An Establishment Card cannot be granted for more than a period of 2 years. An extension is therefore only possible if you were granted a permit for less than 2 years due to the expiry date of your passports.

In this situation the sponsor must document sufficient funds to support you for the remaining period in Denmark. 

If you both apply at the same time the sponsor must have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 14,544 per month (2018 level)

Read more about the self-support requirement here.

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 for the first year in Denmark.

If you are applying for an extension after the first year, the sponsor is no longer required to document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you.

If you or the sponsor were granted a permit for less than 1 year due to the expiry date of your passport the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you for the remaining part of the first year.

If you both apply for an extension before the first year has passed, and you both have turned 25, the sponsor must document to have disposable funds equivalent to DKK 11,046 per month (2018 level).

Read more about the self-support requirement here.

If the sponsor has applied or is applying for an extension of his or her permit as a guest researcher the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds during your entire stay in Denmark.

A residence permit as a guest researcher can only be granted for a maximum of 3 years. Extension is therefore only possible if you or the sponsor were granted a permit for less than 3 years due to the expiry date of your passports.

If you both apply at the same time the sponsor must have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 22,564 per month (2018 level)

Read more about the requirement for self-support here.

If the sponsor has applied or is applying for an extension of his or her permit based on the Start-Up Denmark Scheme the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you for the first year in Denmark.

If you are applying for an extension after the first year, the sponsor is no longer required to document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you.

If you or the sponsor were granted a permit for less than 1 year due to the expiry date of your passports the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you for the remaining part of the first year.

If you both apply for an extension before the first year has passed the sponsor must have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 22,564 per month (2018-level).

Read more about the requirement for self-support here.

If the sponsor has applied or is applying for an extension of his or her permit as an unpaid PhD-student at the ESS the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you for the first year in Denmark.

If you are applying for an extension after the first year, the sponsor is no longer required to document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you.

If you or the sponsor were granted a permit for less than 1 year due to the expiry date of your passports the sponsor must document that he or she has sufficient funds to support you for the remaining part of the first year.

If you both apply for an extension before the first year has passed the sponsor must have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 12,180 per month (2018 level).

Read more about the requirement for self-support here.

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 Researchers Scheme or the Fast Track Scheme, you are exempt from the rules that can cause your permit to lapse.

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.

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.

With a residence permit in Denmark, you are entitled to free Danish lessons. However, you must have turned 18 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.

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

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.

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 work (the sponsor) – however, the period cannot exceed 4 years.

After 8 years in Denmark you can be granted a permit for 5 years at a time, provided the sponsor has obtained a permanent residence permit.

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 were granted your first residence permit before you have turned, 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. 

Read more about the passport requirement.

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 an employee 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. The application form is only available in an online (digital) form.

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 extension

Fee:

DKK 1,515,-

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

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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 an accompanying family member to a guest researcher, you must also submit:

Expect to use

30 minutes

completing the application

1 person

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 what kind of 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.

 

Use the online form MF2

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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