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Permission to reside and work in Denmark

Nordic citizen

  • A residence and work permit is not necessary.
  • We recommend you to register with the public authorities if you are in Denmark for more than 3 months.
  • You must register with the public authorities if you are in Denmark for 6 months or more.
  • You are allowed to work and conduct research in Greenland and at the Faroe Islands.
  • Nordic countries

We strongly encourage Nordic citizens to register with public authorities if you will reside in Denmark for more than 3 months because it makes a number of procedures easier and faster.

However, as a Nordic citizen you are free to enter, reside, study and work in Denmark. You are only required to apply for a CPR number if you intend to stay in Denmark for more than six months.

Bring your ID

As a Nordic citizen, you can enter Denmark without a passport. However, you must be able to identify yourself if required. Your driver's license or bank card is sufficient identification, but we recommend you to bring your passport.

Bringing your family

If your family members are Nordic citizens, they can enter and reside in Denmark as Nordic Citizens (see above).

If your family members are not Nordic citizens, they should either apply for a EU Registration Certificate (if they are EU/EEA-citizens) or apply for a Residence Permit (if they are non-EU citizens).

See www.newtodenmark.dk for further information on bringing family.

EU/EEA citizen


EU/EEA citizens can reside freely in Denmark for up to three months without registering with the public authorities. If you seek employment, you can stay for up to six months.

If you expect to stay for longer than the three or six-month limit, you must apply in person to the Regional State Administration or a Danish representative office abroad as soon as possible for a EU residence document (registration certificate).

Registration with the Regional State Administration is included in the AU "Getting Started in Denmark" registration event. The Regional State Administration is part of the International Citizen Service.

Non-nordic citizens are required to hold a work and residence permit to work or conduct research in Greenland or at the Faroe Islands. Special conditions apply and the processing time is 3 months. Contact your HR-partner or PhD-partner for further information.

Bringing your family

If your family members are EU/EEA-citizens they can apply for a EU Registration Certificate as accompanying family members to you.

If your family members are Nordic citizens, they can enter and reside in Denmark as Nordic Citizens (see above).

If they are non-EU citizens they can apply for a Residence Permit as accompanying family members to you.

See www.newtodenmark.dk for further information on bringing family.

Non-EU/EEA-citizens

  • You are required to hold a work and residence permit
  • You are required to hold a work permit before you start to work (with a very few exceptions)
  • You might need a visa to enter into Denmark and the Schengen-area as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands
  • A work and reseience permit is required to work and conduct research in Greenland or at the Faroe Islands.
  • Accompanying family members are also required to hold residence permits
  • Working illegally can lead to serious consequences

Read more about work and residence permits for researchers, PhD-students and guests at AU

Contact

Inge Aachmann Pedersen

International Coordinator
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Michael Winther

Division Manager
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