You residence permit will lapse if:

  • You give up your residency and leave Denmark
  • If you do not enter Denmark, after you have been granted a residence permit
  • If you stay out of Denmark for more than 6 months

The permit will lapse automatically, and you will not receive any decision in form of a letter or similar.

If your permit has lapsed it will mean that you no longer have the right to stay in Denmark. You can also risk that you will not be allowed to enter Denmark upon your return from abroad.

If your residence permit has lapsed you must start over again by applying for a new residence permit in Denmark. Your application will be processed according to the prevailing law at the time of your new application. It will have no significance when or why you originally obtained a residence permit.

In some instances it is possible to give a dispensation from the rules that can cause your permit to lapse. This will entail that your permit has not lapse after all.

You can read more about, and apply for, a dispensation here.

There are types of residence permit that does not lapse.

If you have a permit based on the following schemes, your residence permit does not lapse: