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Crime

In order to be granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark, it is a basic requirement that you have not committed certain types of crime.

If you have been sentenced to a mandatory conditional imprisonment for less than 6 months or a suspended conditional imprisonment, you are prevented from being granted a permanent residence permit for a penalty period (karansperiode).

You are barred from being granted a permanent residence permit if you have been sentenced a mandatory conditional imprisonment for more than 6 months.

Overview of sentences and their consequences for being granted a permanent residence permit: 

  • Suspended custodial sentence without terms about community service leads to a 6-year penalty period starting from the time the final verdict is given
  • Suspended custodial sentence with terms about community service leads to a 7-year and 6 months penalty period starting from the time the final verdict is given. 
  • Mandatory custodial sentence of less than 60 days leads to a 12-year penalty period starting from the time of release. 
  • Mandatory custodial sentence of less than 60 days for violations of part 12 or part 13 of the Danish criminal code leads to a 18-year penalty period starting from the time of release. 
  • Mandatory custodial sentence of 60 days or more, but less than 6 months leads to a 15-year penalty period starting from the time of release. 
  • Mandatory prison sentence of at least 6 months leads to being barred from being granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark. This applies to all types of crime. 
  • Mandatory prison sentence of at least 60 days for violations of part 12 of the Danish criminal code (crimes against the independence and security of the state) or part 13 of the Danish criminal code (crimes against the constitution of the state and the higher state authorities, terrorism, etc.) or sections 210, 216, 222-224, section 225 cf. section 226, or sections 244-246 of the provisions of the Danish criminal code (specific crimes concerning family affairs, sexual offence and crimes of violence) leads to being barred from being granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark.

  • Sentence for working illegally in the country in accordance with Section 59 of the Aliens Act leads to a 15-year penalty period, if subsequent offence 22 years and 6 months. The penalty period starts from the time of parole, the date of delivery of the final judgment, date of the parole’s expiration or date of the agreement on the fine, depending on which date entails the latest expiration of the penalty period. 
  • Youth sanction leads to a 6-year penalty period starting from the time of termination of the measure. 
  • A sentence to be placed in an ambulatory psychiatric treatment with possible hospitalization in accordance to part 68 or part 69 of the Danish criminal code leads to a 6-year penalty period starting from the time of termination of the measure. However, at least 9 years must pass from the date the final measure is given by the court. 
  • A sentence to be placed in psychiatric treatment in accordance to part 68 or part 69 of the Danish criminal code leads to a 9-year penalty period starting from the time of termination of the measure. However, at least 12 years must pass from the date the final measure is given by the court.
  • A sentence to be committed to a mental hospital leads to a 12-year penalty period starting from the time of termination of the measure. However, at least 15 years must pass from the date the final measure is given by the court. 
  • A sentence to be placed in secure detention leads to a 30-year penalty period starting from the time of termination of the measure. 


Last update: 5/11/2017
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Published by: The Danish Immigration Service