You must document that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Denmark if you apply for a residence permit

  • as a student
  • based on the Start-up Denmark Scheme
  • as a guest researcher
  • in order to obtain an authorisation as a medical doctor or a dentist
  • based on an establishment card if you have completed a Danish master’s (candidatus) degree or PhD programme
  • as a PhD student doing either a complete programme or part of a programme in Denmark
  • as an unpaid intern
  • based on the Working Holiday Scheme

If a family member applies for a residence permit as an accompanying family member, you most document that you have sufficient funds to support the family member as well.

The documentation can for example be a bank statement in your name or a scholarship covering your living expenses while studying or while doing an unpaid internship in Denmark.

When you have been granted a permit, you must support yourself and your accompanying family members by using your own funds. You must not receive public benefits. You can see a list of benefits that you are not allowed to receive here.

If you apply for a residence permit as a student in Denmark, you must in certain cases document that you are able to support yourself during your stay in Denmark:

If you are studying at a higher educational programme and will be staying in Denmark to do a part of your education as a guest or exchange student:

  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself if you are able to document that you have been granted a scholarship covering your living expenses or that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 6.090 per month you will be studying in Denmark.

If you are a student at a higher education programme, and you will be doing a complete education in Denmark:

  • If you have paid tuition in Denmark, you are not required to document that you are able to support yourself during your stay
  • If you are not to pay for your education, e.g. if you have been granted a tuition waiver,  you must document that you have been granted a scholarship covering your living expenses or that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 6.090 per month you will be studying in Denmark (for a maximum, however, of 12 months).

If you will be studying at a basic or youth study programme:

  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself if you are able to document that you have been granted a scholarship covering your living expenses or that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 6.090 per month you will be studying in Denmark.

If you will be following a course at a folk high school:

  • If you have paid the course fee and it covers room and board, you are not required to document that you can support yourself during your stay in Denmark. If you have not paid for room and board, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 6.090 per month.

The documentation can for example be a bank statement in your name, a scholarship or similar.

If your family applies for a residence permit, you must document that you have sufficient funds to support them during their stay in Denmark as well.

  • You have sufficient funds if you can document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 6.090 per family member for each month they will be staying in Denmark (for a maximum, however, of 12 months).

The documentation can for example be a bank statement in your name.

 

If you apply for a Danish residence permit based on the Start-up Denmark Scheme, you must document that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any family members accompanying you during your stay in Denmark.

The documentation can for example be a bank statement in your name.

  • If you apply without any family, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 135.384.
  • If you apply together with your spouse, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 270.768.
  • If you apply together with your spouse and one or more children, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 315.300.
  • If you apply together with one or more children, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 179.916.
  • If your spouse is applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 135.384.
  • If your spouse and one or more children are applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 179.916.
  • If one or more of your children are applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 44.532.

If you apply for a Danish residence permit as a guest researcher, you must document that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any family members accompanying you during your stay in Denmark.

The documentation can for example be a bank statement or salary from a research institution or company in your home country.

  • If you apply without any family, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 135.384.
  • If you apply together with your spouse, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 270.768.
  • If you apply together with your spouse and one or more children, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 315.300.
  • If you apply together with one or more children, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 179.916.
  • If your spouse is applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 135.384.
  • If your spouse and one or more children are applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 179.916.
  • If one or more of your children are applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 44.532.

If you apply for a Danish residence permit in order to obtain an authorisation as a doctor or a dentist, you must document that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any family members accompanying you during your stay in Denmark.

The disposable funds you are required to document depends on your age and whether you have accompanying family members to support during your stay.

The documentation can for example be a bank statement.

You must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to the following amounts per month:

  • DKK 5.523 if you have not turned 25 years and you apply without any family
  • DKK 6.660 if you have turned 25 years and you apply without any family
  • DKK 5.523 per person if you are applying together with your spouse
  • DKK 1.381 per child who applies together with you and your spouse (maximum 2 extra charges for children per family)
  • DKK 1.381 per child if you apply with your child/children but without a spouse (maximum 2 extra charges for children per family)




If you apply for an establishment card in Denmark, you must document that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any family members accompanying you during the first year of your stay in Denmark.

The documentation can for example be a bank statement or an employment contract stating your monthly income in Denmark.

  • If you apply without any family, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 87.264.
  • If you apply together with your spouse, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 174.528.
  • If you apply together with your spouse and one or more children, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 259.236.
  • If you apply together with one or more children, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 171.972.
  • If your spouse is applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 87.264.
  • If your spouse and one or more children are applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 171.972.
  • If one or more of your children are applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 84.708.


If you apply for a Danish residence permit as a PhD student in Denmark, you must document that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any family members accompanying you during your stay in Denmark.

You must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 6.090 per month (for a maximum, however, of 12 months) if 

  • you only do a part of your education in Denmark (guest PhD) and you are not paying tuition, or 
  • you do a complete PhD in Denmark and you are not salaried by a university or a company connected to your PhD programme.

The documentation can for example be a bank statement. 

If you receive salary from a university or a company connected to your PhD programme, the salary covers your support. In this case you must attach your employment contract as documentation. 

If you pay tuition yourself, you must attach documentation showing that you have paid tuition for at least the 1. semester in order to document that you are able to support yourself during your stay.

If you apply for a residence permit as an intern, and the internship is without pay, you must document that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Denmark.

You must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 6.090 per month during the entire period you will be staying in Denmark as an intern.  

The documentation can for example be a bank statement or a scholarship. 

If you apply for a working holiday in Denmark, you must document that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Denmark.

  • If you are a citizen of Argentina, Canada, Chile, Japan or South Korea, you must have sufficient funds to pay for room and board during the first part of your stay, corresponding to DKK 15.000.
  • If you are a citizen of Australia, you must have sufficient funds to pay for room and board during the first 2 months of your stay, corresponding to DKK 18.000.
  • If you are a citizen of New Zealand, you must have sufficient funds to pay for room and board during your stay, corresponding to DKK 24.000.

The documentation can for example be a bank statement. 

In addition, you must show a return ticket or an additional DKK 5.000.