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Immigration & residence permits

In the last three months, we have provided a general guide on what you need to do when moving to Denmark. You can catch up by reading these articles online in previous issues. In the following months, we will dive a little deeper into each topic.


Text: Laura Wintemute

Your first priority should be to have your immigration/work permit in order. In some cases, depending on your nationality and the reason for moving to Denmark, permits might not be necessary.


If you are a citizen from a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you must apply for a residence and work permit before entering Denmark. To apply for a job as an employee, your employer in Denmark has to begin the application forms. He or she will send the subsequent application forms to you. You must provide a copy of your passport, information about your education, previous employment, marriage certificate and birth certificates for children under eighteen years of age (if applicable). Application forms can be submitted in Denmark or through foreign consulates.


(Fingerprints and facial photo)

Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will need to have your biometric features recorded. Please note that for many locations, you must present yourself in person at a Visa Outsourcing Centre (VFS) and that you must book an appointment before you show up. You can find contact information for Danish embassies and consulates in every country in the world by visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark website here:

You must have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after submitting your application – failure to do this will result in your application being rejected. Due to COVID-19, the deadline for when you have to appear in person to have your biometric features recorded is currently extended.


Once your permit has been approved to enter Denmark, people from certain countries must obtain a Danish Schengen Visa. Depending on the purpose of your travel to Denmark, different types of visas will apply.

You will receive an SMS and an email alert once the processed application is couriered or is ready for collection at the Visa Application Centre.

You will need to bring the following documents to obtain a Denmark visa:

  • A hard copy of the filled out application form

  • 2 passport photos

  • Your passport –it must have at least two blank pages

  • Copies of your previous visas

  • Travel Insurance with confirmation of minimum 30,000 € coverage

  • A cover letter stating the purpose of your visit to Denmark

  • Flight itinerary with dates and flight numbers

  • Proof of residence for the whole duration of the intended stay in Denmark.

  • Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable)

  • Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of your stay in Denmark

Please note: There are visa exemptions for special groups. You can see if you are exempt from visa requirement by visiting


As a citizen of an EU/EEA country, you may freely reside in Denmark for up to 3 months. If you reside in Denmark for more than 3 months, you must apply for an EU residence document. If you seek work during your stay, you may reside in Denmark for up to 6 months without applying for an EU residence document.

NOTE: COVID 19- when entering Denmark. Please note that persons travelling to Denmark by air must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the plane.

You can always reach out to if you have questions or need assistance.

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