Published 22-03-2020 - Last updated: 23-03-2020
Agricultural interns – 3 months extension of residence now possible
The Minister for Immigration and Integration has decided that agricultural interns holding residence permits expiring during the coming period until 25 June 2020 extraordinarily can have their permits extended for 3 months.
In the present situation it is difficult for the Danish agricultural sector to get new foreign interns due to coronavirus (COVID-19). For this reason and after deliberations with labour market organisations the Minister for Immigration and Integration has decided to amend the Executive Order regarding interns to make it possible for interns in the agricultural field who are already in Denmark to have their existing residence permits extended for an additional 3 months.
Upon application and starting 25 March 2020 extensions of residence permits can consequently be granted for agricultural interns making the total duration of the internship 15 months instead 12 months. After submitting the application the intern may continue his or her residence and work in Denmark - even if the application has not been processed by The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).
When submitting the application the ordinary case processing fee must be paid. It continues to be a requirement for the applicant to have his or her biometric features recorded. However, at the moment it is not possible to record biometric data, since all SIRI's branch offices are closed for personal appearances. When the recording of biometric features is once more possible the applicant will be notified.
Please note that this special arrangement applies only to permits which expire before 25 June 2020 and only for interns in the agricultural field - not for interns in other fields of the green sector, e.g. the horticultural field.