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Processing time

The overwhelming majority of visa applications are processed and decided on by Danish diplomatic missions abroad. These cases will usually be decided within a few days. Some cases, however, may take 10-12 days.

Decisions about visa applications must normally be made within 15 days. In some cases applications will require further enquiry. Other applications will take longer time to process because they have been submitted at a third country's diplomatic mission. In these situations, the maximum processing time is 30 days. In some cases further documentation is required. In these cases the processing time can be up to 60 days. 

Application processing time counts from the time an admissible application is submitted at a diplomatic mission. 'Admissible' means that the mission has decided that the Schengen conditions for submitting an application have been met.

Citizens of certain countries or categories of certain citizens are subject to prior consultation in one or more Schengen countries before a visa may be issued. The processing time in these cases will usually be 10-12 days as a minimum.

See list of these nationalities and categories of persons in annex 16 to the Visa code Handbook.

Annex 16, English version.

The Danish immigration authorities have introduced an online invitation form which the host is advised to use to invite the visa applicant. If the host has a digital signature or NemID, he/she can fill in the online invitation form and submit it directly to the Danish diplomatic mission where the visa applicant is to submit his/her application. After submitting the form the host will receive an invitation ID which should be forwarded to the applicant to be used when submitting the visa application. The advantage of using the online invitation form is that once submitted, it will be received immediately by the Danish diplomatic mission. Furthermore, the host in Denmark can follow the status of the invitation on My Page.

If the applicant is to submit the visa application at another country's diplomatic mission (such as a Norwegian or Swedish embassy) which represents Denmark in the applicant's country of residence, the host in Denmark can fill in the online invitation form via My Page, download a PDF copy, print it, sign it by hand and subsequently send it to the applicant. The foreign diplomatic missions cannot see the online invitation as they cannot access the systems of the Danish authorities.

If the host in Denmark does not have a digital signatur or NemID, the invitation form is also available in a printable version which the host can fill in by hand or on a computer and subsequently send to the applicant.

See invitation forms.

The forms are intended as a way to reduce the amount of time it takes to process most visa applications by ensuring that immigration authorities have all the necessary information at the time the application is submitted, eliminating the need to obtain further information from the Danish host.

If the completed invitation form or the invitation ID is submitted by the applicant together with the visa application and any other relevant documentation, this will normally shorten case processing time considerably. The reason is that it will normally not be necessary to obtain any further information from the host in Denmark.
However, if the invitation is not submitted together with the application, the Immigration Service will need to obtain the required information from the Danish host, extending the amount of time it will take to issue a decision.

It may take some time to get an appointment to submit an application. You are recommended to contact the diplomatic mission where you are to submit your application, so you can make an appointment well in advance of your scheduled entry into Denmark.

If an embassy or consulate cannot issue a visa to an applicant, it can reject the application. The embassy or consulate can also ask the Immigration Service to process the application. This would be the case in situations such as if the Immigration Service was in a better position to issue a decision. Applications are sent from the embassy or consulate to the Immigration Service electronically.

In certain situations, a Danish embassy or consulate will be required to ask the Immigration Service to process an application. Section 28 of the Executive Order on Visas lists the situations in which the Immigration Service is to issue a decision.

In some countries, Danish visa applications are processed by a Schengen country with which Denmark has a representation agreement. In these cases, if the application cannot be approved or if it is rejected, the application will be passed on to the Immigration Service, which will issue a decision. In some cases, these applications will be sent to the Immigration Service via diplomatic pouch, since the processing embassy or consulate is not granted access to Danish computer networks. Applications sent by diplomatic pouch take longer to reach the Immigration Service than those sent electronically.

The length of time it takes the Immigration Service to process an application varies on a case-by-case basis.

For instance, it may be necessary to obtain documentation of the applicant's relation to the host in Denmark or documentation of previous stays in the Schengen region.

The rules covering all Schengen countries require that immigration authorities must issue a decision within the time limits. This means that all decisions will be made based on the information submitted by the applicant, the host or any involved third parties before the deadline, even if the information is incomplete. If relevant information is received after the deadline for issuing a decision has passed, the case can be re-opened in some cases. In other cases, the applicant must re-apply.

It currently takes two weeks to renew a visa stay on average.

Last update: 1/27/2016
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