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Extension of a residence permit

The condition for extending a residence permit is, first and foremost, that you continue to meet the conditions for your original residence permit.

You can be granted a residence and work permit as an intern in the agricultural, veterinary, forestry or horticultural field for up to 12 months, but no longer than the duration of your internship contract. Your permit cannot be extended beyond the 12 months. However, if you supplement your internship with a stay at a Danish agricultural or technical school with a duration of six to eight months, you can be granted a permit of 18 months in total.

You can be granted a residence and work permit as an intern in the health sector, the architectural field, and in other fields of internship for up to 18 months, but no longer than the duration of your internship contract. Your permit cannot be extended beyond the 18 months.

If you apply for an extension, you may continue to work as an intern while your application is being processed, provided that you are at the same place of internship and that the conditions for your stay remain unchanged.

If you wish to begin at a new place of internship, you may not do so before you have been granted a new residence and work permit.

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 unless special conditions apply, such as, if you cannot be blamed for the delay, or if Denmark's international oblications warrant it. 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, and you will lose the right to an extension of your previous residence permit.

Application forms

When applying for an extension of your residence permit, you need to use the correct application form, depending on what type of intern you are.

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.

Application for an extension of a residence permit as an intern in the agricultural, veterinary, forestry or horticultural fields
> PR2, Danish/English version (Word) (new window)
> PR2, Danish/English version (PDF) (new window)

Application for an extension of a residence permit as an intern in the healthcare sector, natural sciences, technical fields, the pharmaceutical sector, architecture etc.
> PR3, Danish/English version (Word) (new window)
> PR3, Danish/English version (PDF) (new window)

Fee for submitting an application

A processing fee will normally have to be paid in order for your application to be processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. The fee can either be paid by you (the applicant) or by another person, such as a person in Denmark.

Read more about fees

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 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/SIRI, English version (Word) (new window)
> TBT/SIRI, English version (PDF) (new window)
> TBT/SIRI, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> TBT/SIRI, Danish version (PDF) (new window)

Important information about your passport

When you apply for an extension of your residence permit, make sure that your passport is valid. The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration can revoke or refuse to extend your temporary residence permit if you do not hold a valid passport or other travel documents.

Please note that your residence permit can only be 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 extended by nine months.

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 Alien's passports and travel documents.

Case processing times

Service goals for maximum case processing times have been defined for most case types.

See service goals

Appeal

If the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration turns down your application, you can appeal.

Read appeal guidelines



Last update: 10/13/2016
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