Fees for submitting applications and appeals
A processing fee must be paid when submitting applications and appeals in certain case types.
Applications that warrant a fee
A fee must be paid when applying for a residence permit in the following case types:
- Family reunification
- Study and researchers
- Au pair and internship
- Religious worker
- Accompanying family member
A fee must also be paid when applying for a temporary extension of a residence permit, or when appealing a ruling or requesting that a case be reopened in one of the above-mentioned case types.
Furthermore, you must pay a fee when you apply for a permanent residence permit. This also applies if you are a refugee or have a residence permit on humanitarian grounds.
The fee must be paid by the applicant or another person, e.g. a person or firm in Denmark.
See overview of case categories and fees
Read more about the three steps of the application process
Applications that do not warrant a fee
Applicants exempt from paying the fee
The fee for submitting an application for a residence permit, and extension of a temporary residence permit that normally warrant a fee can be waived if Denmark's international obligations or EU regulations require it. When appealing a ruling or requesting a case to be reopened the fee will be waived if the fee would violate EU regulations.
The requirement concerning fees in relation to an application for a permanent residence permit can normally only be waived if the EU regulations require it.
Exemptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Consequently, all applicants in these case areas mentioned above must always create a Case Order ID.
Denmark’s international obligations
In compliance with Denmark’s international obligation to protect the right of family life, the requirement concerning fees can be waived when applying for a family reunification or an extension of family reunification. Exemptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
This can be the case if e.g. the person living in Denmark (the sponsor) is a refugee.
The Immigration Service has however assessed that there in some countries has been basic changes in the country since the person already living in Denmark (the sponsor) fled from there. In such cases you must pay a fee when you apply for family reunification or extension of family reunification.
This applies e.g. for persons who have been granted residence permit as a refugee in connection to the civil war in Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
If the Immigration Service during the processing of the case assesses that you cannot reside in the country of origin, the fee will be refunded.
Furthermore, the requirement concerning fees can be waived if the spouse living in Denmark has a child from a previous relationship, living in Denmark, and he/she sees the child on a regular basis. (The child from a previous relationship is a child that you have with another person than the person that is your current spouse or cohabitating partner, e.g. a child from a former marriage).
Finally, the requirement can be waived if the spouse living in Denmark is seriously ill or has a serious handicap.
If the authorities decide that an application can be submitted without a fee, the authorities have only decided on the question concerning the fee. It is emphasized that the authorities have not decided on whether the application can be met or whether the normal requirements for a residence permit can be waived.
Turkish citizens covered by the Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey are exempt from paying fees. Therefore, Turkish citizens applying for a residence permit on grounds of work do not have to pay a fee.
Turkish citizens applying for a residence permit based on participation in PhD studies at ESS in Sweden also do not have to pay a fee.
Turkish citizens applying for an extension of a residence permit or a permanent residence permit and are economically active as workers, self-employed persons or service providers are also exempt from paying a fee.
Furthermore, you are exempt from paying a fee if you are applying for a residence permit, an extension of a residence permit or a permanent residence permit on the grounds of family reunification with a Turkish citizen residing in Denmark who is economically active as an employee, self-employed person or service provider.
Read more about exemptions for Turkish citizens.
EU or Nordic citizens
Citizens of a Nordic country are not required to pay fees. EU/EEA citizens applying for a residence permit under EU law are also exempt from paying a fee. Such an application must be submitted to the State Administration. Read more at the website of the State Administration
Refusal of application
An application where you have to pay a fee will normally be rejected if the fee has not been paid.
Please note: If you believe, you are exempt from paying the fee and you therefore submit your application, appeal of the ruling or request that the case be reopened without paying a fee but the authorities determine that you are, in fact, not exempt from paying the fee, your application, appeal of the ruling or request that the case be reopened will be rejected. In such instances, you will need to go through the entire process again: create case order ID, pay the fee, and submit a new application, appeal of the ruling or request that the case be reopened.
If you have paid the fee and the authorities decide that you are in fact exempt from paying the fee, the fee will be refunded.
There is no fee for submitting an application for a residence permit or an extension of a residence permit in the following case types:
- Working Holiday
- Commuters (work permits for persons who reside outside Denmark)
- Residence permit on humanitarian grounds
- Residence permit on the grounds of the International Cities of Refugee Network programme
- Residence permit as a non-deportable person
- Residence permit on the grounds of former Danish citizenship or Danish descent
- Residence permit for the purpose of adoption in cases processed by the State Administration
- Residence permit under EU law processed by the State Administration
- Residence permit in Greenland and the Faroe Islands
Moreover, you do not have to pay a fee to appeal a ruling or request to reopen a case in the above-mentioned case types.
Furthermore, you do not have to pay a fee for submitting a complaint over the way a case was processed, also known as a ‘case-processing complaint’.
If you have questions about fees in the case types: family reunification, religious workers and permanent residence, please contact the Danish Immigration Service.
If you have questions about fees regarding all other case types, please contact the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.