I am an Afghan citizen residing in Denmark

The Immigration Service have decided to put cases for asylum on hold due to the current situation in Afghanistan. This is due to the uncertainty regarding the security situation after the Taliban take over. You will receive a letter if the Immigration Service decides to set your case on hold. A case on hold means that we will not process the case for now. 

You can continue your stay in Denmark while your case is on hold. You do not have the right to work.

The Immigration Service will continue the processing of applications for family reunification. The normal requirements must still be met in order to get a residence permit. 

You can apply for asylum in one of two ways;

  • By showing up in person at a police station in Denmark
  • By showing up in person at the reception centre, Sandholm.

If you apply for asylum in writing, you will be asked to show up in person at your local police station or at reception center Sandholm to be registered.

You will be registered and have your facial image and fingerprints taken by the police. Afterward, you will be accommodated at an asylum center and the case processing by the Immigration Service will begin.

Read more about asylum

I am an Afghan citizen residing abroad

It is only possible to apply for asylum in Denmark if you are in Denmark. It is not possible to apply for asylum by enquiring at a Danish representation (embassy or consulate-general) or by writing to the Immigration Service, the police, or the Ministry of Immigration and Integration in Denmark. 

We recommend that you contact the closest UNCHR office for further guidance. Note, however, that the UNCHR can only register Afghan citizens as refugees and asylum seekers when they are outside Afghanistan. Read more about Support in Afghanistan 

People with a valid residence permit or a pending case for an extension of a residence permit in Denmark do normally not need a separate permission for entry. 

However you do have to be aware that a residence permit in Denmark can lapse, if you no longer maintain a residence in Denmark, or if you leave Denmark for an extended period. If your residence permit in Denmark has lapsed, you can apply for a dispensation to prevent the permit from lapsing.

Read more about lapsing of residence permit 

If you have had a residence permit in Denmark as a refugee or as a family reunified to a refugee, and are repatriated to your home country or a previous country of residence, you can regret your repatriation within 12 months of your departure from Denmark. This period for regret can be extended by another 12 months by an application.

If you wish to regret your repatriation, you can contact the Immigration Service 

The normal requirements for family reunification must be met. Please note that you can only be granted a residence permit with another family member than a spouse/partner or minor child in special cases. This is only possible if turning down the application would go against Denmark's international obligations, such as Article 8 of the European Human Rights Convention, concerning the right to a family life. The protection if family life in Article 8 focuses on the traditional European elementary family, which means parents and minor children. Read more about the rules for family reunification 

The normal requirements for family reunification must be met. Please note that you can only be granted a residence permit with another family member than a spouse/partner or minor child in special cases. This is only possible if turning down the application would go against Denmark's international obligations, such as Article 8 of the European Human Rights Convention, concerning the right to a family life. The protection if family life in Article 8 focuses on the traditional European elementary family, which means parents and minor children. Read more about the rules for family reunification Regardless of the situation in Afghanistan, you still have to meet the normal requirements for a visa to Denmark. 

Afghanistan is placed in group 5, where visas are usually only given under extraordinary circumstances. This means that you can only be given a visa under extraordinary circumstances. For instance, if a family member living in Denmark is currently suffering from a life-threatening disease or has passed away.

Additionally, you can be given a visa as a citizen from a country in this group, if you wish to visit a spouse in Denmark to whom you have been denied family reunification because you have never been in Denmark (the visitation requirement). In such cases, it is a prerequisite that the other requirements for family reunification are met and that this is indicated in the last rejection. However, economic security has to be documented first in connection to a possible new application for family reunification.

Visas cannot be granted with the purpose of applying for a residence permit in Denmark, including asylum, as the visa itself is given with the purpose of a short stay in Denmark and the rest of the Schengen region. Read more about the requirements and the practical elements of getting a visa to Denmark

If you wish to apply for a visa in Denmark, you must apply for a visa through ApplyVisa. On this website, you can read more about the application process, just as you can on newtodenmark.dk 

The person who wants to invite you to Denmark has to fill out an invitation (VU2), which can be filled out online. When the host has completed the visa invitation, the host will inform you of an invitation ID that you have to forward when applying for a visa to Denmark.  

You still have to show up in person at a nearby representation or a VFS center that you have access to. We will note that the Danish embassy in Kabul is closed. You have to submit a cover letter along with other documents. This also applies to citizens from Afghanistan who wish to apply for a visa to Denmark.  

I am related to an Afghan citizen who wishes to come to Denmark

If you wish to invite someone to Denmark, you have to fill out an invitation. This also applies if the person you wish to invite to Denmark is an Afghan citizen. 

Regardless of the situation in Afghanistan, the visa applicant – the person you wish to invite do Denmark – still has to meet the normal requirements for getting a visa to Denmark. Afghanistan is placed in group 5, where visas are usually only given under extraordinary circumstances. Practically speaking, it may be for the purposes of visiting someone in Denmark who is critically ill or attending a funeral in Denmark.  

Visas cannot be granted with the purpose of applying for a residence permit in Denmark, including asylum, as the visa itself is given with the purpose of a short stay in Denmark and the rest of the Schengen region. Read more about the requirements and the practical elements of getting a visa to Denmark