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Application for a residence and work permit (or extension of a residence and work permit) under the Start-up Denmark scheme (as an entrepreneur).

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

Documentation

In connection with applying for a residence and work permit under the Start-up Denmark scheme you must document:

  • That your business idea has received a positive evaluation from the panel of experts from the Danish Business Authority
  • The ownership structure of the company, if the company has more than one owner
  • That you can support yourself during your first year in Denmark
    Read more about the financial requirements

About extensions

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

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

When applying for an extension of your residence and work permit under the Start-up Denmark scheme, you must include a new evaluation from the panel of experts.

Read more about the evaluation from the panel of experts in relation to extensions (new window)

The application must however be submitted before the original residence permit expires, even if the statement from the panel of experts is not yet available.

Please note that different rules apply to self-employed persons granted a residence and work permit before 1 January 2015. Applications for an extension of such permits will be processed according to the rules which applied until 31 December 2014. These applicants must include documentation of financial activity and balances, as well as any documentation required in the first-time application, along with documentation of authorisation (if applicable).

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 form (first-time application and extension)

The application forms are online forms which can be completed using a NemID. First-time applicants who do not have a NemID can also complete SD1 using a user name and password which will be given when you begin the application.

Application for a residence and work permit under the Start-up Denmark scheme
> SD1 (new window)

Application for an extension of a residence and work permit under the Start-up Denmark scheme
> SD2 (new window)

Extension under the old scheme

If you have been granted a residence and work permit as a self-employed person under the old scheme, that is, before 1 January 2015, you can apply for an extension of this permit by using the form below.

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 and work permit as a self-employed person
> AR2, English version) (Word) (new window)
> AR2, English version (PDF) (new window)
> AR2, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> AR2, 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 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: 9/7/2017
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