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Application for a residence and work permit (or extension of a residence and work permit) as an employee (e.g. under the Positive List, the Pay Limit scheme or the Fast-track scheme).

Case Order ID and fee

Before submitting the application, you or your employer must create a Case Order ID and must normally pay a fee. The Case Order ID must be stated in the application.

The fee is a case processing fee. This means that the fee covers the processing of your application. Consequently, the fee will not be refunded if your application is processed - regardless of whether you are granted a permit or your application is turned down because you do not meet the requirements. Similarly, the fee will not be refunded if you withdraw your application.

It is important to make sure that the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration receives the correct amount. If you pay too much, this may delay the processing of your case as the agency will have to refund the excess amount. If you pay too little, your case may be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed.

Read more about fees

Recording of biometric features

In connection with applying for a residence and work permit (or applying for an extension), your biometric features (facial image and fingerprints) will be recorded and stored on a chip on your residence card. If you fail to have your biometric features recorded, your application will be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed. The procedure varies depending on where and how you apply.

Read more about biometric features

About extensions

The condition for extending a residence permit is, first and foremost, that you still meet the conditions for your original residence permit. For example, this may mean that you must still be employed in the same job, with the same employer, on the same work conditions.

The exact conditions for your residence permit are explained in your residence permit letter.

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.

Please note that if the final period of your residence permit has been granted as a permit for job searching, you can apply for an extension 3 months before your work permit expires.

If you continue to work after your work permit has expired and if you have not submitted a new application before the expiry date of the work permit, you are working illegally. This applies even if your permit for job searching is still valid.

If your residence and work permit expires and you have applied for an extension before your current residence and work permit expired, you are allowed to continue your stay in Denmark with the same rights as granted to you by the previously held residence and work permit while your application is processed. In this situation you can therefore continue to work for your employer while the application for an extension is being processed.

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 form (first-time application and extension)

When applying for a residence permit as an employee, both you and your employer in Denmark (e.g. the company, research institute, or sports club) must supply information for the processing of your application.

The easiest and quickest way for all involved is to apply online.

Online application with power of attorney

If you give your employer in Denmark a power of attorney along with the required information and documentation, your employer can complete the entire application and submit it. In this case, your employer should use application form AR6. For extensions, AR7 should be used. These two forms only exist in an online version.

See graphic illustration of the application process with a power of attorney (PDF) (new window)

Online application for a residence and work permit as an employee (with power of attorney)
> AR6 (new window)

Online application for an extension of a residence and work permit as an employee (with power of attorney)
> AR7 (new window)

Power of attorney for application
> Power of attorney (PDF) (new window)

It is also possible for you and your employer in Denmark to grant power of attorney to an outsourcing agency which will then handle the entire application process.

Declaration on payment of salary - only when using AR6 online to apply under the Pay Limit scheme
>  Sworn declaration on payment of salary – signed by the employer

If you use the application form AR6 online to apply for a residence and work permit under the Pay Limit scheme, the sworn declaration above must be signed by the employer and attached to the application.

After you begin filling in the application, it is possible to save it as a draft, for instance, if you need to produce required documentation. However, the application must be completed and submitted no later than 30 days after your employer began it.

Online application without power of attorney

If your employer in Denmark does not have a power of attorney to submit the application, the employer begins the application process by logging onto AR1 online by using a NemID. Then your employer completes part 1 of the form, attaches the required documentation and signs the application with his/her NemID. Your employer will receive a reference number and an access code to part 2 of the form, which he/she will give to you. You can then log on and complete part 2, pay the fee, attach the required documentation and state the Case Order ID. The Case Order ID is used to digitally connect your application with the paid fee. You then sign the application using a NemID (to get a NemID you must have a Danish CPR number, that is, a social security number given to residents of Denmark) or by using a scanned copy of your signature on a print-out of the declarations in the application form. Finally, you can submit the entire application. For extensions, AR3 should be used.

See graphic illustration of the application process (PDF) (new window)

Online application for a residence and work permit as an employee (without power of attorney)
> AR1 online (new window)

Online application for an extension of a residence and work permit as an employee (without power of attorney)
> AR3 online (new window)

Declaration on payment of salary - only when using AR1 online to apply under the Pay Limit scheme
Sworn declaration on payment of salary – signed by the employer

If you use the application form AR1 online to apply for a residence and work permit under the Pay Limit scheme, the sworn declaration above must be signed by the employer and attached to the application.

Print version of application

If on a first time application you are not able to submit a digital application, there are also print versions of the application form AR1. Your employer in Denmark begins the application process by completing and signing part 2 of the form and attaching the required documentation. Your employer then gives or sends the application form to you, so you can complete and sign part 1, attach the required documentation and submit the entire application.

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 a residence and work permit as an employee
> AR1, English version (Word) (new window)
> AR1, English version (PDF) (new window)
> AR1, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> AR1, Danish version (PDF) (new window)

When applying for an extension of a residence and work permit as an employee it is mandatory to use the online application form AR3 online. If you do not submit an online application form, SIRI can reject the application. This means that the application will not be processed and you must apply Again.

Employees and PhD students at ESS in Sweden

If you are participating in PhD studies or if you been offered employment at the research facility European Spallation Source (ESS) in Sweden, you can be granted a residence permit which allows you to reside in Denmark.

> ESS1, English version (Word) (new window)
> ESS1, English version (PDF) (new window)
> ESS1, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> ESS1, Danish version (PDF) (new window)

Establishment Card

If you complete a Danish Master's (Candicatus) degree or a Danish PhD degree, you can apply for an establishment card which allows you to establish yourself in Denmark after having completed your education.

Online application for establishment card
> EK1 online (new window)

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)

The application process

Read a detailed description of the entire process from the time you submit your application to the time you get a decision

Special information about certification in relation to the Fast-track scheme

If you wish to apply for a residence and work permit under the Fast-track scheme, the company in Denmark must be certified.

The application can only be submitted online using a NemID.

Online application for certification
> FT1 online (new window)

Important to hold a valid passport

Your residence permit can only be granted or 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 granted for nine months or extended by nine months.

This applies both to you and to your spouse/partner or children who apply for a residence permit as your accompanying family members. Please note: Even infants, including children born in Denmark, must hold a valid passport.

If you would normally get a permit of, for example, three years, but your passport expires in two years, your permit will be shortened, that is, the duration of your permit will be shorter than would normally be the case. Once you have renewed your passport, you should apply for an extension of your permit, attaching a copy of your new passport.

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 Danish travel documents and Danish alien's passports.

Read more about travel documents and alien's passports



Last update: 8/31/2017
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