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Residence and work permits for Denmark

If you wish to submit an application for a residence and work permit for Denmark (stays of more than 90 days) please read the information below carefully.  If you wish to apply for a short stay visa (less than 90 days) please see the page 'Short stay visas'.

Repeal of the Greencard scheme

The Greencard scheme was repealed as of 10 June 2016. Click here for more information about the repeal of the Greencard Scheme.

 

General information on residence and work permits for Denmark

For general information on residence and work permits, requirements, application forms and processing times please see the website of the Danish Immigration Service (DIS) and the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI): www.newtodenmark.dk.

For information about working in Denmark please see www.workindenmark.dk.

For information about living in Denmark please see: www.lifeindenmark.dk.

 

Who to contact and where to apply

Denmark has outsourced the reception of residence and work permit applications world-wide. For applicants in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Island, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu the outsourcing partner is VFS Global. VFS Global accepts applications for Denmark from their offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Auckland.

Enquiries about residence and work permit application should be addressed to VFS Global.

Australia:
Web: www.vfsglobal.com/denmark/australia
Phone: +61 2 8599 6215 email: info.jvac-au@vfshelpline.com
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9 am to 5 pm
Telephone hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time

New Zealand:
Web: www.vfsglobal.com/denmark/newzealand
Auckland: Phone: +64 9369 5669 email: info.dnnz@vfshelpline.com
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9 am to 3 pm
Telephone hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

 

Finding the right application form

Go to the website of the Danish Immigration Service/the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration: www.newtodenmark.dk. Find the type of residence and work permit that applies to you and click on the 'How to apply' option. Please note that some application forms also come in an online version.

PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE APPLICATON FORM CAREFULLY.

 

Supporting documents

Each application form comes with a complete checklist of supporting documents that must be enclosed with the application.
Supporting documents must be enclosed in ORIGINAL along with a colour copy in size A4 format.
Supporting documents of financial means must not have a balance older than 1 month from the time of submission.

Note: Original documents will be returned to the applicant as soon as they have been verified by the Consulate General in Sydney.

 

Passport

The passport must be valid for three months longer than the intended stay in Denmark. The ORIGINAL passport must be handed over to VFS Global and forwarded to the Danish Consulate General in Sydney for verification purposes. The Consulate General will return the original passport to VFS Global as soon as the passport has been checked - normally after 1 business day. The applicant can expect to have the original passport back maximum 10 business days after hand-over to VFS Global.

 

Fees

Click here for information about application fees.

 

What to bring to VFS Global

You are submitting your application in hard copy to VFS Global:

  1. Application form
  2. Your original passport as well as colour copies of ALL pages of your passport including the cover and all blank pages
  3. All required supporting documents according to the checklist in the application form in original and colour copy (see 'Supporting documents' above)
  4. 2 self addressed express envelopes* - ONLY if you submit the application and original passport to a VFS Global office in Australia other than Sydney.

You have submitted your application and uploaded all supporting documents ONLINE and you now have to have your biometric data recorded:

  1. A printout of the confirmation e-mail from DIS or SIRI that the application was submitted successfully online
  2. Your original passport plus a copy of the data page of your passport
  3. 2 self addressed express envelopes* - ONLY if you submit the original passport to a VFS Global office in Australia other than Sydney.

You have submitted the application by mail or via a third-party in Denmark and you only have to have your biometric data recorded:

  1. Copies of the first three pages of the application form OR a printout of the confirmation e-mail from DIS or SIRI that the application was submitted successfully online by the third-party in Denmark
  2. Your original passport plus a copy of the data page of your passport
  3. 2 self addressed express envelopes* - ONLY if you submit the original passport to a VFS Global office in Australia other than Sydney.

*One self addressed envelope will be used to return your original passport to you as soon as the Consulate General in Sydney has checked it - normally after 2 business days. The second self addressed envelope will be used to send the decision from DIS or SIRI to you. If you submit your application and/or original passport in Sydney or Auckland, you have to arrange with the VFS Global office whether you want them to send the decision and original passport to you by mail or if you will collect them at the VFS Global office.

 

Processing

The Danish Consulate General in Sydney receives and checks the applications from VFS Global on a daily basis. The applications are forwarded electronically to the Danish Immigration Service (DIS) or the Danish Agency International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) in Copenhagen for processing. Once DIS/SIRI has reached a decision they will forward the written approval or refusal to the Danish Consulate General in Sydney, who in turn will forward it to the applicant via VFS Global.

If supporting documentation is missing from the application or if there are any other issues with the application, the Consulate General will contact you.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE CONSULATE GENERAL FOR UPDATES WHILE YOUR APPLICATION IS BEING PROCESSED.

 

Processing times

Processing times for applications processed by the Danish Immigration Service.
Processing times for applications processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

 

Entering Denmark after a successful outcome

Australian and New Zealand nationals and all other nationals who are visa free must travel to Denmark with the written approval letter from DIS/SIRI only. Within 5 days of arrival in Denmark you must register with the CPR-registry in the municipality where you take up residence. Once you register a residence card will be issued and sent to your residential address in Denmark.

Nationals who require a visa in order to enter Denmark will in addition to the written approval letter from DIS/SIRI also be granted an entry visa (D-visa) for Denmark which must be issued in their passports. The Danish Consulate General in Sydney will prompt these applicants to submit their passport for the issuance of a visa. The visa allows the holder to enter Denmark and within 5 days of arrival in Denmark you must register with the CPR-registry in the municipality where you take up residence. Once you register a residence card will be issued and sent to your residential address in Denmark.

For valuable information about arrival in Denmark and contact details for where to register, please see the following links: Life in Denmark and International Citizen Service.

 

Entering Denmark while your application is still pending

Click here for important information if you plan to arrive in Denmark or depart from Australia or New Zealand before a decision has been made.

 

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Visa Application CentreS

AUSTRALIA

Locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane

 

Web: www.vfsglobal.com/denmark/australia
Phone: +61 2 8599 6215
Email info.jvac-au@vfshelpline.com

 

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri 9 am to 5 pm

Telephone hours:
Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time

 

NEW ZEALAND

Location: Auckland

 

Web: www.vfsglobal.com/denmark/newzealand
Phone: +64 9369 5669
Email info.dnnz@vfshelpline.com

 

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri 9 am to 3 pm
Telephone hours:
Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.