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Residence permit on humanitarian grounds

A residence permit on humanitarian grounds can be granted to a foreign national who is registered as an asylum seeker in Denmark, if significant humanitarian considerations warrant it.

Who can be granted a residence permit on humanitarian grounds?

According to the Danish Aliens Act, Section 9b, 1, a residence permit on humanitarian grounds can be granted to a foreign national who is registered by the Immigration Service as an asylum seeker in Denmark.

The applicant must be in such a situation that significant humanitarian considerations warrant a residence permit.

The Danish Parliament has decided that humanitarian residence permits should be the exception, not the rule.

An application for a humanitarian residence permit should be submitted to the Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing. If you wish to apply for a humanitarian residence permit please use this application form. The Ministry will then conduct a factual assessment of each individual application.

In making this assessment, the Ministry places importance on the applicant’s personal situation, including whether he or she suffers from a serious physical or psychological illness, and whether the application concerns a family with young children who come from a nation at war.

If the applicant suffers from a serious illness which can substantiate a humanitarian residence permit, the Ministry will also assess whether the applicant can receive the necessary treatment for this illness in his or her country of origin.

The Ministry’s ruling regarding a humanitarian residence permit is final. This means that the ruling cannot be appealed to any other administrative authority.

Read more about the possibilities for applying for humanitarian residence permit



Last update: 12/8/2016
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