How to apply
If you wish to apply for a residence permit as an au pair, both you and your host family in Denmark must supply information for the processing of your application.
Case Order ID and fee
Before submitting the application, you or your host family must create a Case Order ID and must normally pay a fee. The Case Order ID must be stated in the application.
The fee is a case processing fee. This means that the fee covers the processing of your application. Consequently, the fee will not be refunded if your application is processed - regardless of whether you are granted a permit or your application is turned down because you do not meet the requirements. Likewise, the fee will not be refunded if you withdraw your application.
It is important to make sure that the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration receives the correct amount. If you pay too much, this may delay the processing of your case as the Agency will have to refund the excess amount. If you pay too little, your case may be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed.
Read more about fees
Recording of biometric features
In connection with applying for a residence and work permit (or applying for an extension), your biometric features (facial image and fingerprints) will be recorded and stored on a chip on your residence card. If you fail to have your biometric features recorded, your application will be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed. The procedure varies depending on where and how you apply.
Read more about biometric features
As an au pair, you can be granted a residence permit for a maximum of 24 months, but no longer than the duration of your au pair contract. Your residence permit cannot be extended beyond 24 months.
If you have been granted a residence permit as an au pair for less than 24 months, and you apply for an extension, you may continue as an au pair while your application is being processed, provided that you are with the same host family and that the conditions for your stay remain unchanged.
However, you cannot continue with the family if a member of the family has received public assistance under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act in the time period from when you first got your residence permit and until you apply for an extension. However, the family are allowed to have received certain types of financial aid.
The condition for extending a residence permit is, first and foremost, that you still meet the conditions for your original residence permit.
If you have been granted a residence permit as an au pair on the grounds of an application submitted before 1 July 2015, a subsequent application for an extension will be processed in accordance with the rules which applied before this date.
When to apply
You can submit your application for an extension no sooner than 3 months before your residence permit expires. It is crucial that you submit your application for an extension before your current residence permit expires.
If you submit your application after the date your residence permit expires, you should expect your application to be rejected. This means that if will not be processed. If your application for an extension is rejected, you will have to leave Denmark and apply for a new residence permit in your country of origin. Such an application will be regarded and processed as an entirely new application for a residence permit, i.e. it will be processed in accordance with the rules that apply to first-time applicants.
Application form (first-time application and extension)
When applying for a residence permit, both you and your host family must supply information for the processing of your application.
Please note: You should also use application form AU1 to apply for an extension of your residence permit as an au pair.
It is possible to apply both online and by using a print form.
If you decide to apply using the online application form, you must make sure that both of you have access to a computer with an internet connection. If your host family begin the application online, you must also complete it online. If you do not have access to a computer with an internet connection, you cannot use the online form.
Your host family in Denmark will begin the application process by logging onto the form using NemID. Then they will complete part 1 of the form, attach the required documents and sign the form using NemID. They will get a reference number and a password to part 2 of the form, which they will give to you. You can then log on and complete part 2 of the form and attach the required documents. Then you can sign it (either using NemID or using a scanned copy of your signature on a print of the declarations of the form) and submit the entire application.
After you begin filling in the application, it is possible to save it as a draft, for instance, if you need to produce required documentation. However, the application must be completed and submitted no later than 30 days after your host family began it.
Online application for a residence permit as an au pair
> AU1 online (new window)
Print version of application
If you cannot submit an online application, there is also a print version of the application form AU1.
The Word version can be completed on-screen and must then be printed out and signed by hand. The PDF version must be printed out and then completed and signed by hand.
Your host family in Denmark will begin the application process by completing part 2 and 3 of the form and attach the required documents. They will give or send the form and the attached documents to you, and you can then complete part 1 of the form and attach the required documents. You can then log on and complete part 2 of the form, attach the required documents and submit the entire application.
Application for a residence permit as an au pair
> AU1, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> AU1, Danish version (PDF) (new window)
> AU1, English version (Word) (new window)
> AU1, English version (PDF) (new window)
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 decision, you can apply for a re-entry permit. A re-entry permit allows you to re-enter Denmark even if your residence permit has expired.
Application for re-entry permit
> TBT/SFR, English version (Word) (new window)
> TBT/SFR, English version (PDF) (new window)
> TBT/SFR, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> TBT/SFR, Danish version (PDF) (new window)
The application can be submitted at the Citizen Centre or - if you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area - to the local police.
The application process
Read a detailed description of the entire process from the time you submit your application to the time you get a decision
Important to hold a valid passport
Your residence permit can only be granted or extended up to three months before your passport expires. In other words, if your passport expires in 12 months, your residence permit can only be granted for nine months or extended by nine months.
If you would normally get a permit of, for example, two years, but your passport expires in one year, your permit will be shortened, that is, the duration of your permit will be shorter than would normally be the case. Once you have renewed your passport, you should apply for an extension of your permit, attaching a copy of your new passport.
If you hold a national passport (i.e. a passport from your country of origin), the diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) of your country of origin will renew it.
The Danish Immigration Service is responsible for renewing Danish travel documents and Danish alien's passports.
Read more about travel documents and alien's passports