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01.03.2017

The Danish Immigration Service introduces new goals for processing time

As of 1 March 2017 the Danish Immigration Service introduces new goals for the expected maximum processing time in a number of case areas.

The Immigration Service has chosen to introduce a new method of calculating our goals for the processing time. Until now we have worked with service goals where the goal for the processing time applied from the point in time where the application was fully disclosed. This has resulted in uncertainty among many applicants and feedback from the users and collaborators has shown that it is preferred to know when to expect a ruling immediately when an application is submitted. The Immigration Service has therefore decided to establish new goals for the processing times.  

The new goals state the time that it under normal circumstances will take from you submit an application to you receive a ruling in the case. The new goals can be seen in the overview at the bottom of the page and are divided by the different case types.

Even though the new goals for the expected maximum processing times initially seem longer than the former goals, you will in practice not experience that the processing time will be longer than previously. This is due to the fact that the point of time when most case was considered as fully disclosed often happened long time after the application was submitted.  

The new goals will make it clearer for the users how long time they at the maximum can expect will pass before they receive a ruling in their case.
 
In cases where the Immigration Service already has announced a service goal for the case processing to the applicant, this goal for the processing time will still apply.  

Read more about the Immigration Service’s processing times

Overview of the expected maximum processing times as of 1 March 2017


Case type
Maximum processing time
Family reunification (incl. Greenland and the Faroe Islands) 10 months * (see note)
Temporary extension of residence permit (incl. Greenland and the Faroe Islands) 7 months
Permanent residence permit (incl. Greenland and the Faroe Islands) 8 months
Passport (Danish alien's passport or convention passport) 3 months
Passport extension 2 months
Residence card for children and replacement residence Cards 4 months
Changing personal data 6 months
Residence permit as religious worker 6 months
Temporary extension of residence permit as religious worker 6 months
Work and residence permit under the Association Agreement with Turkey 10 months
Residence permit not to be considered as lapsed before departure (family reunification) 4 months
Residence permit not to be considered as lapsed after departure (family reunification) 6 months
Appeals under EU regulation 10 months
 
Note*:
If the application for family reunification is submitted before 1 March 2017 and the applicant has not received a letter from the Immigration Service, where the processing time for the given case is informed, the expected maximum processing time is 12 months.



Last update: 3/1/2017
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