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How to apply

Including all necessary information and documentation with your application will help expedite the processing time.

The application form contains full guidance on the necessary information and documents you must submit.

The easiest and quickest way for all involved is to submit an online application.

The online application form can be signed using NemID or by submitting a scanned copy of your signature on a print of the declaration in the application form.

Online application for a residence permit under the Working Holiday scheme
> WH1 online (new window)

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 under the Working Holiday programme
> WH1, English version (Word) (new window)
WH1, English version (PDF) (new window)
> WH1, Danish version (Word) (new window)
> WH1, Danish version (PDF) (new window)

Does it cost anything to submit an application?

Yes, if you submit your application to a diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) you will normally have to pay a fee to the diplomatic mission. The fee can vary in price. The individual diplomatic mission can also make further demands such as extra passport photos or duplicate copies of the application. It is a good idea to check the requirements on the website of the diplomatic mission in your country before submitting your application.

Where to submit your application

Normally, you must have obtained a residence permit before entering Denmark. You can submit your application in your country of origin (or in the country where you have resided legally for the past three months). In certain cases, it is possible to submit an application in Denmark, but this depends on your grounds for being in the country.

Generally, you cannot submit an application for a residence permit after entering Denmark. However, if you have originally been granted a residence permit on grounds other than working holiday, then you can submit the application in Denmark.

If you submit your application in your country of origin

If you apply in your country of origin, you can submit your application at the Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general). When you have completed and submitted the application form, the diplomatic mission will forward it to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration, where it will be processed.

If you have resided legally in another country for the past three months, you can also submit your application at the Danish diplomatic mission in that country.

If there is no Danish diplomatic mission in your country of origin or country of residence, you can submit your application in another country. You can find additional information about Danish diplomatic missions abroad on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If you submit your application in Denmark

Normally, you must have obtained a Danish residence permit before entering Denmark.

If you are staying legally in Denmark on the grounds of another residence permit, a valid visa, visa free stay, or under EU regulations, you can submit your application - and have it processed - in Denmark, unless particular reasons say otherwise.

If you submit an application while in Denmark, your application will not be processed if you are an illegal resident of Denmark, if you have been expelled from Denmark, if you have been given a deadline to leave Denmark, or if you are also applying for another type of Danish residence permit and are awaiting a decision.

You are not staying legally in Denmark if you apply for a new residence permit after your previous residence permit has expired.

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration decides whether an application submitted in Denmark will be processed. If your application is accepted for processing, you may stay in Denmark during the processing.

If the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration choses to reject your application, it will not be processed. This means that you will have to return to your country of origin or residence and submit a new application to the Danish diplomatic mission there.

If the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration refuses your application, you can appeal the decision.

If you live in the Greater Copenhagen area, you should submit the application at the Citizen Centre. If you live elsewhere you can also submit your application at your local police station.

Processing your application

When the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration has received your application for a residence permit, it will evaluate it along with the enclosed documentation. In addition, the agency for will check to find out if you have been reported to the Schengen Information System (SIS).

If the agency receives information that does not correspond with the information you provided, you will normally be asked to explain discrepancies before the agency decides in the case.

Once the agency has received all necessary information relating to your application, it will chose whether or not to grant you a residence permit.

How do you receive the ruling?

If you submit your application from your country of origin (or country of residence), the decision will be sent to the diplomatic mission where you submitted your application. The diplomatic mission will then forward it to your home address, or request that you pick it up in person.

If you submit your application in Denmark, the application will be sent to your address in Denmark, or to your attorney. The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration may also ask the police to inform you of the decision, or ask you to pick it up in person at the Service Centre.

If your application was turned down, 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.

About extensions

A residence permit on the basis of the Working Holiday agreement can be given for a maximum of 12 months. The residence permit cannot be extended beyond 12 months.

If you have been granted a residence permit for less than 12 months, you can have your residence permit extended. You may continue your stay in Denmark while the application is being processed.

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

If you wish to apply for an extension, please be aware that you must fill out the WH1 form and have your biometrics features recorded again.

Case processing times

Service goals for maximum case processing times have been defined for most case types. 

See service goals

Appeal

If the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration turns down your application, you can appeal.

Read appeal guidelines



Last update: 11/10/2016
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