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Extension of a residence permit

A temporary residence permit holder who is permitted to seek permanent residence at some point, can apply to have the residence permit extended, unless there are grounds for revoking the permit.

For refugees with convention status, the residence permit can only be revoked if there have been fundamental improvements in conditions in the home country.

For refugees with protected status, the Immigration Service will evaluate whether the refugee still requires protection. In such cases, the Immigration Service will determine whether returning the refugee to the home country would place Denmark in violation of its obligations under the European Human Rights Convention. In this case the residence permit can be revoked regardless of whether there have been fundamental improvements in the home country.  

When making an evaluation, the Immigration Service will always consider whether revoking the permit would cause a hardship for reasons such as the refugee’s connections to Denmark or an individual living here.

Applications to renew a residence permit can be submitted up to three months prior to the current residence permit’s expiry date. If you do not apply by the deadline, you risk being reported to the police and you can be fined.

Apply online


You can apply online to extend your temporary residence permit:

Start A1-2 online (Danish and English version).

Please note: You must have a NemID to use the AS1-2 online form. Read more about NemID.

You can also use the AS1 printable application form (applicant is over the age of 18) or the AS2 printable application form (applicant is under the age of 18). You must find and print the form from the Forms section.

The printable application forms can also be obtained at the Immigration Service's Citizen Service, or at a police station capable of recording biometric features for residence cards.

You can submit your printable application form at the Immigration Service's Citizen Service. If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen Area, you can also submit your paper application form at a police station capable of recording biometric features for residence cards.

Your biometric will be recorded when you submit your application. When you submit an online application, or if you send the application by post or e-mail, your biometric features must been recorded within 14 days of submitting application. You can have your biometric features recorded at the Immigration Service's Citizen Service. If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen Area, you can also have your biometric features recorded at a police station capable of recording biometric features.

Please note: Children under the age of 18 are not normally required to hold a residence card. However, if the child requests a residence card, the child’s biometric features must be recorded. Read more about residence card.

See police stations capable of recording biometric features.

Re-entry permit

You are allowed to remain in Denmark while your application for an extension is being processed. If you wish to leave Denmark while awaiting the ruling, you can apply for a re-entry permit valid for the entire Schengen region. A re-entry permit allows you to re-enter Denmark even if your residence permit is not valid.

Re-entry permit
TBT/US: Application for re-entry permits in the areas of asylum and family reunification

Permanent residence permit

In order to get a permanent residence permit, you must meet certain requirements.

Read more about permanent residence

Important information about your passport

The Immigration Service is responsible for renewing Alien's passports and Convention passports.



Last update: 1/12/2017
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