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Accompanying family members

Application for a residence and work permit (or extension of a residence and work permit) as an accompanying family member to a foreign national or a returned expatriate Dane working in Denmark.

If you are a foreign national or a returned expatriate Dane working in Denmark and wish to bring your spouse, partner or child(ren) to Denmark, an application for a residence permit as an accompanying family member must be submitted for each family member.

Case Order ID and fee


Before submitting the application, you must create a Case Order ID for each family member and then 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 permit (or applying for an extension), your biometric features (facial image and fingerprints) must 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

If you are working in Denmark and your residence and work permit is extended, your accompanying family members’ residence permit can be extended for the same period. It is, however, a requirement that you and your family members continue to live together at the same address. Accompanying children granted a residence permit before they reached 18 years of age can have their residence permit extended beyond the age of 18 if they continue to live at home with you.

The exact conditions for the residence permit are explained in the letter granting you a residence 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 it will not be processed. 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.

About extensions for accompanying family members to an expatriate Dane


If the expatriate Dane continues to be employed in Denmark in a job which could be the basis for a residence permit granted to a foreign national under the Pay Limit scheme or the Positive List after the date of expiry of the accompanying family member's residence permit, the family member's permit can be extended. It is, however, a condition that the Family continues to live together at the same address.

Application form (first-time application and extension)

Please note that the case processing time for accompanying family members may be longer than for the 'sponsor', that is, the person working in Denmark.

Read more about case processing times

The application form is available in an online version (MF1/MF2 online) which requires NemID or a scanned copy of your signature.

Online application for a residence permit as an accompanying family member of a foreign national working in Denmark
> MF1/MF2 online (new window)

When applying first time it is also possible to use the print versions of MF1.
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 permit as an accompanying family member of a foreign national working in Denmark
> MF1, English version (Word) (new window)
> MF1, English version (PDF) (new window)
> MF1, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> MF1, Danish version (PDF) (new window)

When applying for an extension as an accompanying family member of a foreign national working in Denmark it is mandatory to use the online application form MF1/MF2. 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.

Application for a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane
> MF3, English version (Word) (new window)
> MF3, English version (PDF) (new window)
> MF3, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> MF3, Danish version (PDF) (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)

You can submit the application in the Citizen Centre or - if you live outside Greater Copenhagen - with the local police.

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 

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 must 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 passports for foreign nationals



Last update: 9/1/2017
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