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Students from universities in Australia

ST1 application

If you are to study in Denmark for more than 90 days, a residence and work permit for students is required. The application is called ST1 and can be lodged in hardcopy or online. The ST1 application consists of two parts: one that your host university/educational institution in Denmark completes and one that you - the applicant - completes.

Please note: You can only commence the application process once your host university/educational institution in Denmark has completed their part of the ST1 application and forwarded your part of the application to you either in hardcopy or as a link to your online application.

Applying from Australia

In Australia it is visa application centre VFS Global who is responsible for receiving the applications and capturing the biometric data of the applicants.

The applications and biometric data are transferred on a daily basis to the Danish Consulate General in Sydney. The Consulate General in Sydney checks the hardcopy applications and biometric data before forwarding them to SIRI for processing.

VFS Global has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
For enquiries and to make an appointment please contact VFS Global:

Tel. no.: +61 2 8599 6215
Opening hours Mon – Fri 9 am to 5 pm

Please note: You cannot lodge your application or have your biometric data captured at the Danish Consulate General in Sydney or at any other Danish diplomatic mission in Australia.


If you have a question that VFS Global cannot answer you are welcome to contact the Danish Consulate General in Sydney on tel. no. +61 2 9247 2224 – telephone hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 12 noon, or by e-mail to:


How to apply 

  1. Go to the website of the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration and create a case order ID, pay the processing fee and print the receipt.  This fee must be paid online by credit card. The current fee for a ST1 application can be found here.
  2. Then either

      a) Lodge the hardcopy application with all supporting documents in person to VFS Global and have your biometric data captured or

      b) Lodge your application and upload all supporting documents online and within the next 14 days go to VFS Global in person to have your biometric data captured.

When lodging your application online you are requested to upload all documentation including clear, good quality copies of all pages of your passport and the cover. Should you fail to upload all the documentation, you may hand in remaining documentation to VFS Global in hardcopy on the day of your appointment.

Processing time

Currently up to two months. For further information please see SIRI's service goals on

Additional fees

2 additional fees are incurred when submitting an application for a residence and work permit from Australia.

  1. Pay the consular fee according to The Executive Order on Payment for Services provided by the Danish Foreign Service. The current consular must be paid online by clicking here.
  2. VFS Global’s service fee. Current fee can be found here. This fee is payable to VFS Global on the day of your appointment.

Please note: Above mentioned fees also apply in case of online lodgement, since you must still have your biometric data captured by VFS Global and forwarded to SIRI by the Danish Consulate General in Sydney.

What to bring to VFS Global when you lodge a HARDCOPY application

  1. The ST1 application form duly completed and signed
  2. Your original passport plus clear, good quality copies of all pages of your passport including the cover and blank pages
  3. The receipt for the online payment of the processing fee to SIRI
  4. Documentation that you are enrolled in an educational institution in your home country (if you are a guest or exchange student)
  5. Documentation of adequate funds for the stay in Denmark in your name. This could be a bank statement or documentation of a scholarship or student loan. The documentation must be in original and not be older than one month at the time you lodge the application. If an original bank statement is supported by a more recent internet bank printout, the printout must be validated by the bank with a stamp and a signature of a bank employee. Please note that statements from joint accounts are not accepted.
  6. Two self-addressed express return envelopes (unless you wish to collect your passport and later the decision in person from the VFS Global office).*

What to bring when you have lodged your application ONLINE and only need to have your biometric data captured

  1. Original passport plus one copy of the data page
  2. Copy of the confirmation e-mail that your application was lodged successfully online (only the e-mail – not a printed version of the application form!)
  3. Two self-addressed express return envelopes (unless you wish to collect your passport and later the decision in person from the VFS Global office)*

Lodging the application in Denmark

Some applicants who are visa free (do not require a visa in their passport in order to travel to Denmark) can also lodge the application or have biometric data captured in Denmark after arrival. For more information on how to lodge your application in Denmark, please see SIRI's website:

If you chose to lodge your application in Denmark during a visa free stay, then you only have to pay the online processing fee (the one on SIRI’s website when you create the case order ID). However please be aware that applying from Denmark does not change the processing time of up to 2 months!

Please also see our information about arriving in Denmark before the permit is granted.

Further information

For further information about how to apply from Australia, please check our website.
For general information about residence permits for students please see SIRI’s website:

*Owing to the current Covid-19 situation and for the safety of both customers and staff, mandatory courier is in place for passport and document return. Customers can choose to provide their own self addressed return express courier envelopes with their application, or this can be purchased at the visa application centre. For residence permit applications, two return envelopes are required.