Spouses, registered partners or cohabiting partners, as well as any children under the age of 18 who are living at home, to a person granted a residence and work permit as a researcher or research trainee are eligible for Danish residence permits.
However, family members must be able to support themselves and they must live together in Denmark at the same address. The spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner is allowed to work full-time for the entire period his or her permit is valid.
The spouse/registered partner/cohabiting partner as well as every child must submit his/her own application via the MF1-form. It is also necessary to pay a fee for every single person.
The application form contains a detailed description of how you should complete the form and which documents you must attach.
You must have your biometric features and your signature recorded when submitting your application or within 14 days of submitting your online application.
You must notify the person at Aarhus University who assists you with your residence and work permit application or contact the Danish immigration authorities (SIRI), if it is not possible to have your biometrics recorded within the 14 day limit.
You can have your biometrics recorded at a Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) or at an outsourcing agency which receives applications on behalf of a Danish diplomatic mission, at a Danish police station or in the Citizen Centre of the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.
You can have your biometric features (photo and finger print) recorded at the Citizen Centre located at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration in Copenhagen or a Danish police station, capable of recording biometric features.
After having processed your application, the immigration authority will make a decision. If you applied from outside Denmark the decision will be sent to the diplomatic mission in your country of origins or country of residence. The diplomatic mission will send the decision to your address, or you will be asked to pick it up in person at the diplomatic mission.
It is important to:
Upon arrival in Denmark registration at public authorities is required. Read more about how to register.
As a non-EU/EEA citizen you will be issued a residence card (pink card), which include your facial image and fingerprints stored on a microchip embedded in the card.
You must have the residence card to travel outside Denmark as it is your documentation that you have a residence and work permit.
If you do not have the residence card and have to leave Denmark during your stay, you must apply for a re-entry permit every time you go abroad.
The residence card is sent to the address you register yourself with at the National Registry/Citizens Service. Your name must appear on the mailbox of your residence; else the mail will not be delivered and you will not receive your residence card.
Usually it takes 4-6 weeks to get the card. If you have not received the card within this period, you should contact the Danish Immigration Service as a mistake might have been made.
In order to receive your residence card, you must submit your address in Denmark to the Danish Immigration authorities. You will not register your address with the National Registry, and therefore the Immigration authorities will not receive your address automatically. You can write in your application for a residence and work permit (in the field for comments) that you would like to have the residence card sent to Aarhus University, the department you will be working at. It is important that you remember to write the name and contact information of the department employee who will receive the card.
Alternatively you can send your address in Denmark (when you have it) directly to the Danish Immigration authorities at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (PhD students) stating your address in Denmark. You must include the following information in the e-mail:
It is important that your name appears on the mailbox of your residence in Denmark; else the card will not be delivered.
You are personally responsible for extending your residence permit if applicable. Your application must be submitted no sooner than two months before and no later than the date of expiry of your current permit. Submit your application to the Immigration Service (in person, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the electronic application system) or the local police.
The form to fill out is the AR3 form (MF2 for accompanying familiy members).
The application process and the documentation needed to apply are described in the forms – please read them carefully.
Remember to send/bring along the following documents when extending your residence and work permit:
Please refer to the immigraiton authorities website nyidanmark.dk (see the topic "Extensions") for further information.
Your residence permit will automatically be revoked if you relinquish your residence in Denmark unless your permit exempts you from this (only applies to certain permits issued after January 1st 2015).
If you remain outside Denmark for a longer period of time, your residence and work permit can be annulled. This happens if you give up your residence in Denmark or if you stay outside Denmark for longer than 6 months (or 12 months if you have been in Denmark for more than two years).
You have to apply for dispensation from having your residence and work permit cancelled before you leave Denmark.
For further information about how to submit the application and access to the application forms, see newtodenmark.dk
If you need to leave Denmark and the Schengen area during your stay in Denmark you must have a multiple entry visa or a residence card (pink card).
If you are a legal resident in Denmark but do not hold a multiple entry visa or a residence card, and need to leave Denmark for a limited period of time, you must apply for a re-entry permit to Denmark. Read more about re-entry permits below.
You need a re-entry permit if you have not yet received your pink residence card and need to go abroad for a limited period of time.
Normally a re-entry permit will only be granted if you have specific travel needs and the period of time spent outside of Denmark is short.
Re-entry permits are given to people who need to go abroad and who:
Children of foreign nationals with permanent residency in Denmark, who have not yet received a residence card, can be issued with a residence card by the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.
The re-entry permit will be valid for the period of time that corresponds with your specific travel needs, but never for more than 90 days.
The re-entry permit must be issued before you leave Denmark.
A re-entry permit can be issued, if the applicant meets in person at the Danish police or Immigration’s Citizen Service in Copenhagen. Remember to bring a valid passport. The re-entry permit will be affixed to a page in your passport.
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