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Termination of your residence permit

Even though you have been granted a Danish residence permit, your permit can be revoked or denied extension, which removes your right to reside in Denmark.

If your residence permit has been revoked or denied extension, and you do not hold another residence permit, you will be given a deadline to leave Denmark, i.e. you will be required to leave Denmark before a specified point in time. After this point, you will be considered an illegal resident in Denmark. If you are residing illegally in Denmark you risk being expelled and given an entry ban. To be expelled from Denmark means you will be banned from entering all EU and Schengen countries, including Denmark, for a minimum of two years. If you are expelled, you may be deported by the police. The appeal process will be explained in detail when you receive the decision from the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

Your residence permit can be revoked or denied extension for a number of reasons:

If your situation changes

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration may revoke or refuse to extend your residence permit if the grounds on which it was granted no longer apply, for example if you lose your job or close your business. It may also be the case if you no longer meet some of the other conditions attached to your residence and work permit, e.g., if you can no longer support yourself.

You are obliged to inform the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration of any changes in your personal situation which could affect your right to reside in Denmark.

If you have found a new job or plan to start up a new company you must apply for a new residence and work permit before beginning work or before your company begins operation.

Fraud

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration has the right to revoke or refuse to extend your residence permit if you are found to have obtained it by giving the authorities false information. This applies regardless of whether you hold a temporary or permanent residence permit.

Missing passport

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration has the right to revoke or refuse to extend your temporary residence permit if you no longer possess a valid passport or other legitimate form of travel documents.

If you apply for an extension of your residence permit, you must include a copy of your passport with the application. If your passport or travel documents are invalid, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration will not proceed with the case before you have had your existing passport renewed or have acquired a new passport. You will typically be given one month to do this.

The Schengen Information System

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration has the right to revoke or refuse to extend your residence permit if you have been reported as an undesirable in the Schengen Information System (SIS). You must have been reported because of serious crimes which would warrant deportation if committed in Denmark.

This applies regardless of whether you hold a temporary or permanent residence permit.

Other circumstances

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration has the right to revoke or refuse to extend your residence permit if you are considered a threat to national security, to public order, safety or health. Your residence permit can also be revoked if you are a war criminal, or have committed serious non-political crime outside Denmark. Finally, your residence permit can be revoked if, while outside Denmark, you have been convicted of a crime which would warrant deportation if committed in Denmark.

Your personal situation is taken into consideration

If your personal situation indicates that revoking your residence permit would be particularly traumatic, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration may chose not to do so. The following factors will be taken into consideration:

  • Your connection with Danish society, including the duration of your residence in Denmark
  • Your age, health, and other personal circumstances
  • Your connection to other residents of Denmark
  • Your connection to your country of origin
  • Whether returning to your country of origin would endanger you

Residence abroad can make your residence permit lapse

If you leave Denmark for an extended period of time, or if you no longer maintain a residence in Denmark, your residence permit can lapse.

If you keep a residence in Denmark (that is, if you are registered at a Danish address), there is a limit to how long you may be outside the country if you wish to keep your residence permit. If you do not return to Denmark within the time limit, your residence permit will automatically lapse.

Read more about how to keep your residence permit from lapsing if you leave Denmark

Please note: If you hold a residence permit as a researcher or under the Fast-track scheme, you are exempt from the termination rules described above. If you hold a residence permit under the Fast-track scheme, this also applies to your accompanying family members, if applicable.



Last update: 5/17/2016
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