Normal processing time
3 months

Processing fee
DKK 1,900,-

Can I extend my residence permit?

What are the conditions for extending a permit?

What are my rights if I am granted a permit?

How long can I stay in Denmark?

Can my family’s residence permits be extended?

What more do I need to know before I apply?

Can I extend my residence permit?

You can extend your residence permit if you still run the same business.

It is very important that you apply for an extension before your current 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 working even though your permit expires while SIRI processes your application for extension. 

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

If you do not have a permit according to the Start-up Denmark scheme, but you have a permit as self-employed according to the old regulations (you received your first permit prior to 1. january 2015), then you cannot use this application page. In stead you must apply here.

What are the conditions for extending a permit?

It is condition that your business is active still, and that you play an active part in the running of the business.

Before you apply for extension, the panel of experts appointed by the Danish Business Authority must once again evaluate your business in order for SIRI to assess whether it still meets the requirements. The evaluation must be send along with your application for extension.

Read more about evaluation by the panel of experts here

What are my rights if I am granted a permit?

What are you allowed to do with a Danish residence permit via the Start-up Denmark scheme? – and what are you not allowed to do?

 

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.

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

If you or your family members 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.

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

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 
  • Housing
  • Danish lessons
  • Car registration and driver’s license

A residence and work permit allows you 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, e.g. if you are stationed abroad for a period of time by your employer, you can apply for dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing.

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

You can only work in the company that you have been granted a permit to work in. 

If you start a new business or are offered a paid job, you must apply for a new permit.

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

How long can I stay in Denmark?

It is possible to extend your permit for up to 3 years at a time.

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 and continue working even though your permit expires.

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

If you start a new business or get a paid job, you must submit a new application based on the new situation.

You must not open a new business or start working in a paid job before you have obtained a new residence and work permit.

Can my family’s residence permits be extended?

An extension of your residence and work permit based on a job in Denmark allows any accompanying family members to extend their residence permits as well. 

The extension of their permit will be for the same period as your extension.

Read more about extension of a permit as an accompanying family member here.

If you do not already have your family with you in Denmark, we can inform you that 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 first-time permits for accompanying family members here.

What more do I need to know before I apply?

An application for a residence permit based on the Start-up Denmark Scheme is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

Before submitting your application, you must create an SB-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, SD2 online.  This form only exists in a digital (online) version.

SIRI will contact you 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:

Start-up Denmark - extension

Fee:

DKK 1,900,-

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Are you exempt from paying the fee?

Are you sure a fee is not required to be paid in your case?

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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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.

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You complete the application form by yourself.

In this step you have access to the relevant application form SD2.

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 SD2

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.

If you are a commuter and does not reside in Denmark and for this reason will only apply for a work permit, you do not need to have your biometrics recorded.

Read more about commuters here.

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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