Job seeking residence permit for 3 years after a completed educational programme
You can be granted a residence permit for up to 3 years for job seeking in Denmark, if you hold a residence permit as a student in a Danish professional bachelor, bachelor, master or PhD educational programme and you have completed your educational programme.
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Who can apply for a job seeking permit for up to 3 years?
You can apply for a residence permit for job seeking, if you have a valid residence permit based on study and you have completed a Danish professional bachelor, bachelor, master or PhD programme approved by a state authority.
Before you apply, please make sure that your educational programme is approved by a state authority and check whether your current residence permit already includes a job seeking period.
SIRI automatically grants a 3-year job seeking period along with your study permit if the validity of your passport allows it. You should, therefore, only apply for a job seeking permit if:
- the validity period of your residence permit as a student was shortened due to the expiry date in your passport,
- you were granted a 6-month job seeking period along with your residence permit, or
- you have completed your educational programme in Denmark after the prescribed period of study.
You can apply for an extension of your jobseeking permit for up to 3 years no earlier than 4 months prior to the date your residence permit expire.
What are the conditions?
You can apply for a job seeking residence permit for up to 3 years if you have a valid residence permit based on your educational programme and there is less than 4 months left of your residence permit.
It is a requirement that you have completed a Danish higher educational programme at one of the following levels:
- Professional bachelor’s degree
- Bachelor's degree
- Master's degree
- PhD degree
The educational programme must be approved by a state authority. If your educational programme is not approved by a state authority but instead have an advisory statement by the Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA), you can apply for a 6-month job seeking permit here.
If you have not completed your educational programme in Denmark yet and your residence permit is about to expire, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit as a student.
What are my rights if I am granted a permit?
What are you allowed to do with a residence permit for job seeking after completion of your educational programme – and what are you not allowed to do?
A residence permit allows you to reside in Denmark for the period of time your permit is valid.
In addition, a permit allows you to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. However, the permit does not allow you to work in other Schengen countries.
You must not give up your Danish address or stay abroad for more than 6 consecutive months. A violation will result in the lapse of your permit. This means that you will lose your right to stay in Denmark.
If you are granted a residence permit as a PhD student or a student at an international educational programme under the Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+ or Nordic Master, your residence permit does not lapse even if you give up your Danish address or stay abroad for more than 6 consecutive months.
Together with a residence permit for job seeking after a completed educational programme you are granted a limited work permit.
You are allowed to work:
- for up to 20 hours per week during the normal period of study from September to May, and
- full time in June, July and August.
You will be working illegally if you work more hours than you are allowed to. If you work illegally you can receive a fine or your residence permit can be revoked. You can read more about illegal work here
If you are offered a job, in which you must work more hours than allowed by your limited work permit, you have two options:
You can apply for a work permit without limitations or
You can apply for a residence and work permit based on the job offered
You can only be granted a work permit without limitations based on an educational programme approved by a state authority. You cannot be granted a work permit without limitations based on an educational programme that instead of an approval by a state authority has an advisory statement from the Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA).
If you choose to apply for a residence and work permit based on your new job you may begin to work while SIRI is processing your application.
A Danish residence and work permit does not give you the right to work in other Schengen countries. You can find a list of the Schengen countries here
You must be able to support yourself and your family during your stay. Therefore, you are not allowed to receive public benefits, e.g. benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act, state study grants, housing benefits or unemployment benefits - and there may be other benefits you are also not allowed to receive.
If you receive such benefits during your stay, your permit can be revoked - and you will lose the right to stay in Denmark.
Please also note that your accompanying family member cannot receive cash benefits, start help or any other benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act either.
If an authority, e.g. a municipality, disburses benefits to foreign nationals, SIRI will be notified.
With a residence permit in Denmark, you are entitled to free Danish lessons. However, you must have turned 18 years and have your Danish address registered in the Danish National Register.
If you have a residence permit in Denmark based on work, study, etc. you have to pay a deposit before you can start receiving lessons. Be aware that you can lose your deposit if you do not pass the different modules within a specific timeframe.
Your municipality of residence is obliged to offer you Danish lessons and refer you to a language centre. If you have not been offered Danish lessons within a month after registering your address in Denmark, you can contact your municipality.
You will (typically) be taught together with other foreign nationals who have arrived in Denmark recently.
While staying and working in Denmark, there are a number of things to acquaint yourself with. Depending on your personal situation, you might need other important information and options.
The portal lifeindenmark.dk provides you with information, links and in many cases also options concerning the most important subjects such as:
The CPR register
School and child care
Car registration and driver’s license
How long can I stay in Denmark?
If you have completed a professional bachelor, bachelor, master or PhD programme in Denmark that are approved by a state authority, you can be granted a residence permit valid for up to 3 years for job seeking in Denmark.
The residence permit for job seeking gives you the same right to work that you had during your stay as a student: 20 hours a week and full time in June, July and August.
If you want to work more or are offered a job that requires that you work more than the 20 hours a week, you must apply for a work permit without limitations or a residence and work permit based on the job offered
A residence permit can only be valid until 3 months before the expiry date of your passport.
If your passport has a shorter validity than the otherwise possible period of stay, your residence permit will be shortened. This means that the validity of your residence permit will be shorter than it could be. When you have renewed your passport, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit – however, this can only be done, at the earliest, 4 months before your permit expires.
Can my family be granted a residence permit?
A residence permit for job seeking after you have completed your educational programme in Denmark makes it possible for your family to extend their stay in Denmark.
Accompanying family members already holding a residence permit in Denmark as accompanying family to you can have their residence permit extended.
Residence permit can be granted to your spouse or cohabiting partner as well as children under the age of 18 living at home.
Please note that you must pay a fee to apply for extension of a residence permit as an accompanying family member.
What more do I need to know before I apply?
An application for a residence permit on the basis of job seeking after a completed educational programme must be submitted to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).
If you are in Denmark when submitting the application, you must be residing here legally.
On the tab "How to apply" to the right you have access to the relevant application form ST6. The form only exists as a printable form in PDF og Word format.
SIRI will contact you if we need further information to process your case.
It is a good idea to gather the necessary documents before you start to complete the application form.
You can use the checklist below.
You must submit:
Expect to use
completing the application
You complete the application form yourself
The application form contain careful instructions on how to complete the form and what kind of documents you must submit along with the form.
The printable application form in Word format can be completed on screen before you print. The application form in pdf format must be printed first and then completed by hand.
You can submit the application by appearing in person in one of SIRI's branch offices in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, Aalborg, Esbjerg, Sønderborg or on Bornholm.
You can also send the application to SIRI through our contact form. You can find SIRI's contact form here
When you apply for a residence permit, you must have your biometric features recorded. The facial photo and your fingerprints will be stored on a microchip embedded in the residence card, which will be issued to you if you are granted a permit.
You must have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after you have submitted your application.
If you do not agree to have your biometric features recorded, your application will be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed.
Your biometric features can be recorded in one of SIRI’s branch offices. Remember to book an appointment
You have submitted your application succesfully if you have:
created a case order ID
paid the fee
submitted the application
had your biometric features recorded
You can see the normal case processing time to the right on this page. When we make a decision in your case, you will receive an answer.
SIRI will contact you or your employer if we need further information to process your case.