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Residence and Work Permit

Applicants, who are going to study, seek family reunification, work (also as au pairs) etc. for a period exceeding three months must apply for a residence permit.

The Danish Immigration Service outlines the general requirements for residence and/or work permits to Denmark. All applications for residence and/or work permit will be forwarded by the Royal Danish Embassy to the Danish Immigration Service for a decision.

Applicants will be informed by the Royal Danish Embassy when a decision has been reached.

How to submit your application?

It is a requirement that you lodge your application IN PERSON either directly at the Visa Application Centre VFS without prior appointment or at the Embassy by appointment.

Please do not lodge your application until you have ticked the boxes in the checklist in the application form.

Finding the right application form

In the right column you can download the Danish Immigration Service's Form Guide with links to all the application forms for residence and work permits for Denmark. Please use the guide to download the appropriate application form.

Each individual form comes with step-by-step instructions. Please read and follow the instructions carefully. Collect al the required documentation before submitting your application.


The Royal Danish Embassy in Dhaka forwards all applications to the Danish Immigration Service in Copenhagen for processing. Once the Danish Immigration Service has reached a decision they will forward the written approval or refusal (a letter) to the Royal Danish Embassy in Dhaka who, in turn, will notify the applicant.

Third-country citizens who require a visa to enter Denmark will in addition to the written approval letter also be issued a long-stay visa for Denmark in their passport. The Embassy will issue this visa. The visa allows the applicant to enter Denmark and upon arrival to obtain a residence card from the Danish Immigration Service.

If the Danish Immigration Service refuses your application, a letter of refusal will be sent to you.

For processing times see the information on the Danish Immigration Service's website.

Original passport

You must present your original passport when lodging your application. Your passport must be valid for three months longer than your intended stay.