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Denmark Residence Permit

There is no specific time period to apply for the Residence Permit of Denmark. You can apply for the Permanent Residency before the expiry of your residence permit in the country. It is imperative to apply for the same before the last date of your current residence permit in the country. If you fail to fulfill all the requirements of the PR, you can always apply to extend your residence permit in the country which would allow you to stay in Denmark legally. If you are planning to extend your current residence permit, you need to apply at least 3 months before the expiry of the permit. If the application for PR or the extension of current residence permit is submitted too late, you would end up being in the country illegally.

In case you are applying for the residence permit by citing family reunification or on any humanitarian grounds, you must apply for the same online. After submitting the online application, it is obligatory on you to record all your biometric features at the Danish Immigration Service’s Citizen Service. If you are in Denmark itself, you can also get it done at a police station which is equipped with technology to record your biometric features.

Whether citizens from countries other than the European Union need to get a residence permit for their stay in Denmark entirely depends upon the duration of their stay in the country. If you wish to stay in Denmark for a period of not less than 3 months, you must apply for a residence permit at least 3 months prior to visiting the country. For a stay of less than 3 months, you should apply for a visa. However, you are not allowed to take up any employment if you are visiting the country on a visa.

The students coming into the country to pursue higher education courses must file an application for a Danish residence permit about 4 months prior to landing in Denmark. The usual processing time for the Danish residence permit is about 3 months, though it may be slightly longer in a few cases. That is why you are advised to apply for the same much in advance. Also, you can apply for a Danish residence permit if you have managed to get a job in the country in one of the fields where the country faces dearth of skilled professionals. Such a list of professionals is called the positive list and it is updated continuously by the Danish authorities. To apply for a residence permit under such a scenario, the applicant must hold at least a bachelor’s degree and should have the confirmed job offer in hand to submit to the authorities, when asked. Under the positive list, a residence permit for a period of 3 years is initially granted to the applicant. This can be extended by a period of 4 years upon the fulfillment of all the conditions set by the authorities from time to time.