Normal processing time

2 months

Processing fee

DKK 3.440,-

What does it mean to be an accompying family member to an expatriate Dane?
 What are the conditions?
If you have received a refusal for family reunification – a transitional scheme
Residence permit for children older than 18 and parents
What are my rights, if I am granted a permit?
How long can I stay in Denmark?
What should I do if the expatriate Dane loses his or her job or changes job?
What more do I need to know before I apply?

What does it mean to be an accompying family member to an expatriate Dane?

In some cases, you can be granted a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane, provided that you are the:

  • spouse
  • civil partner
  • cohabiting partner, or
  • child under the age of 18 years

of an expatriate Dane.

In extraordinary cases, it is possible for your child over the age of 18, who is living with you, or for your parents, to be granted a permit.

You can apply via this scheme until 1 July 2018.

 What are the conditions?

You must be able to document that you are related to the expatriate Dane. The documentation can be a marriage certificate, birth certificate or similar.
In addition, a number of other conditions must be met:


You must hold a valid passport. This also applies to infants born in Denmark.

Read more about the passport requirements here.

The expatriate Dane must have made an agreement or have been offered employment in Denmark which could be the basis for a residence permit granted to a foreign national under the Pay Limit Scheme or the Positive List.

You can read more about the Pay Limit Scheme here

You can read more about the Positive List here


When granted a permit as an accompanying family member, you must reside at the same address in Denmark as the expatriate Dane.
This also applies to children – regardless of the child’s age.


The expatriate Dane must be able to support you during your stay in Denmark.

Therefore, you are not allowed to receive any benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act, e.g. social security benefits.

You can see a list of benefits that you are not allowed to receive here.


If you have received a refusal for family reunification – a transitional scheme

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If you and the expatriate Dane are already in Denmark, and you have received a refusal for family reunification from the Danish Immigration Service, SIRI can in some instances grant a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane regardless that the expatriate Dane is no longer residing abroad.

This also applies to any of your minor children.

You can see the conditions here:

  • The expatriate Dane has settled in Denmark after residing abroad
  • You have received a refusal for family reunification with reference to the attachment requirement.

In order to be able to apply via the transitional scheme, you must have applied for family reunification before 25 May 2017 and received your refusal after 25 May 2017.

Your application deadline
If you have applied for family reunification before 25 May 2017 and if you wish to apply as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane after receiving a refusal for family reunification, you must apply no later than 2 months after the refusal for family reunification.

If you received you refusal for family reunification before 25 May 2017, you are no longer able to apply via the transitional scheme.


Residence permit for children older than 18 and parents

If you and the expatriate Dane are already in Denmark, and you have received a refusal for family reunification from the Danish Immigration Service, SIRI can in some instances grant a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane regardless that the expatriate Dane is no longer residing abroad.

This also applies to any of your minor children.

You can see the conditions here:

  • The expatriate Dane has always supported you financially and has always lived at the same address as you

  • You are particularly dependent on the expatriate Dane because of disability, old age or similar.

  • You do not have any other family in your home country.

  • You have previously been living together with the sponsor when he or she has been stationed abroad.

You must document the special circumstances that apply to your case.
In such cases, SIRI will assess whether the special circumstances provide sufficient grounds for you to be granted a permit as an accompanying family member even though you are a parent or a child that have turned 18 years old.


What are my rights, if I am granted a permit?

What are you allowed do with a Danish residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane? – and what are you not allowed to do?


A residence permit allows you to stay 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 the last 180 days. The permit, however, does not allow you to work in other Schengen countries.

You must not give up your Danish address or stay abroad for longer than 6 successive 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 need to stay abroad for a longer period of time, e.g. if you wish to take parental leave in your home country, you can apply for a dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing.

You can read more about permit lapse and dispensation options here.


Holding a permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane grants you the right to work in Denmark. Therefore, you do not need to apply for a separate work permit if you get a job.

You are also allowed to run your own business.

If you are under 18 years of age, special rules apply to how much you are allowed to work. You can read more about these rules on the website of the Danish Working Environment Authority (Arbejdstilsynet) [link].

A Danish residence permit does not allow you to work in other Schengen countries [link].


You and your family must support yourselves during your stay. You are not allowed to receive benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act.

If you or the expatriate Dane receives such benefits during your stay, your permit can be revoked – and you will lose the right to stay in Denmark.

If an authority, e.g. a municipality, disburses benefits to foreign nationals, SIRI will be notified.

 You can see a list of benefits that you are not allowed to receive here.

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.

Your municipality of residence is obliged to offer you Danish lessons and refer you to a language center.

If you have not been offered Danish lessons within a month after registering your address in Denmark, you can contact your municipality.

You will be taught together with other foreign nationals who have arrived in Denmark recently.


If you are going to stay and possibly work 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:

  • NemID
  • The CPR register
  • Health card
  • Tax matters
  • Holiday entitlements
  • School and daycare
  • Housing
  • Danish lessons
  • Car registration and driver’s license


How long can I stay in Denmark?


If you apply from abroad, you can be granted a residence permit valid from the day the expatriate Dane starts working.

If you are already in Denmark when applying, you can stay in Denmark while your application is being processed.


You will normally be granted a permit valid for the same period as the expatriate Dane’s contract period – however, the period cannot exceed 4 years.

The legal basis of a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane (Law No. 505 of 24 May 2017) terminates on 1 July 2018. This means that it will no longer be possible to apply for or extend a permit from this date.

It is very important that you apply for a residence permit on another basis before your permit expires.

If you wish to know more about how to apply for family reunification, you can find more information here

You can also read more below on the bar “What should I do if the expatriate Dane loses his or her job or changes job?”


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 3 months before your permit expires at the earliest.

Because the application scheme for a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane terminates on 1 July 2018, you are not able to apply for extension from 1 July 2018.

Read more about the passport requirements

What should I do if the expatriate Dane loses his or her job or changes job?

As an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane, your residence permit is linked to the expatriate Dane’s job in Denmark.

You must always inform SIRI if the expatriate Dane loses his or her job or changes job.

You must inform SIRI if the expatriate Dane loses his or her job.

However, if the expatriate Dane becomes unemployed through no fault of his or her own, e.g. due to cutbacks, you can apply for an extra 6 month residence permit. You can apply for the residence permit immediately after the employment stops.


You must inform SIRI if the expatriate Dane changes job.

SIRI will assess whether the expatriate Dane’s new employment could be the basis for a residence permit granted to a foreign national under the Pay Limit Scheme or the Positive List. If this is the case, you will keep your original residence permit.


What more do I need to know before I apply?

An application for a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). If you are in Denmark when submitting the application, you must be here legally. More about legal submission here.

You must document in what way you are related to the expatriate Dane. Therefore, it is very important that you attach a copy of your marriage certificate, documentation of your cohabitation or your birth certificate to the application.

Before submitting your application, you must create a case order ID for your application and pay a fee to cover SIRI’s case processing expenses. You can do this on the “How to apply” tab to the right. Here you also find the relevant application form, MF3.

The expatriate Dane must fill in one of two parts of scheme, and you will fill in the other part.
Each accompanying family member must submit an individual application. For example, if a spouse and two children are applying for residence permits as accompanying family members, 3 case order IDs must be created, 3 fees must be paid and 3 application forms must be submitted.

SIRI will contact you or the expatriate Dane if we need further information to process your case.



Below you will find a step-by-step guide to submitting an application to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

It is important that you have carefully read the conditions for being granted a residence permit before you begin step 1. You can do this on the tab “Need to know” on the left.

When submitting an application or appeal with a fee, you must first create a case order ID.

Case type:

Accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane

Fee:

DKK 3.440,-

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Only certain applicants are exempt from paying a fee. If the immigration authorities decide at a later stage that the applicant/appelant is not exempt from paying a fee, the application/appeal will be rejected.
If you have payed a fee and the following case handling shows that the fee should not have been payed, the whole fee will be refunded.

In certain cases the fee is not warranted (fee exemption). Examples are:

  • The Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey
  • Denmark’s international obligations
  • Citizenship of the EU/EEA

You are still required to create a case order ID, even if you are not required to pay a fee.

If you have payed a fee and it is not warranted, the whole fee will be refunded.

Read more about Fee exemption

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Order payment form

On this page you can order a payment form which you can use to pay the fee at a post office or in a bank. 

The payment form will be sent to the address you give below. 

It is a good idea to gather the necessary documents before you start to complete the application form. You can use the check list below.

If you submit documents not written in English, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, you must also submit certified translations into Danish or English.

You must submit:

If you are a spouse or registered partner, you must also submit:

If you are a cohabiting partner, you must submit:

If you are a child, you must submit

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completing the application

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You complete the application form yourself.

In this step you have access to the relevant application form MF3.

Make sure that you have completed all the preceeding steps before you begin.

All our application forms 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 must submit the necessary documentation with the application form.

Download the printable form MF3 (Word format)

Download the printable form MF3 (Pdf format)

You are are submitting the application abroad

The application can be submitted to a Danish diplomatic mission or an application centre in the country where you are residing.

See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ list of diplomatic missions or application centres where you can hand in your application

In certain countries Denmark does not have a diplomatic mission or application centre. In these instances the list will refer you to one of the Norwegian missions with which Denmark has made an agreement or to the nearest Danish diplomatic mission or application centre in the region.

We recommend that you visit the local diplomatic mission’s webpage to get more information before you submit the application. The individual diplomatic mission can have additional requirements regarding payment of additional fees, submission of additional passport photos or additional copies of the application.

You are submitting the application in Danmark

If you are residing legally in Denmark, you are normally able to submit the application in Denmark. This is the case, if you:

  • hold a valid visa
  • is exempt from the visa requirement or
  • already hold a valid residence permit.

Read more about the legal residence requirement and submission of your application in Denmark. 

You can submit the applicaton in SIRI’s Citizen Centre in Copenhagen. If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area, you can also submit the application at a local police station with facilities for recording biometrics.

If you plan to submit you application I SIRI’s Citizen Centre, you must remember to book an appointment.

See a list of local police stations, where you can submit your application.

You can also send the application to SIRI.

When you apply for a residence permit, you must have your biometric features recorded. This means that you must have a facial photo taken and your fingerprints 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.

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.

Read more about biometrics here.

You are are submitting the application abroad

If you submit an printable application form, you can have your biometric features recorded at a Danish diplomatic mission or an application centre in the country, where you reside.

See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ list of diplomatic missions or application centres where you can have your biometric features recorded.

In certain countries Denmark does not have a diplomatic mission or application centre. In these instances the list will refer you to one of the Norwegian missions with which Denmark has made an agreement or to the nearest Danish diplomatic mission or application centre in the region.

If you submit your application to a Norwegian diplomatic mission, you must also submit two passport photos. If you are granted a residence permit based on your application, you must within a specific time frame afte you entry to Denmark have your biometric features recorded.

We recommend that you visit the local diplomatic mission’s webpage to get more information before you submit the application. The individual diplomatic mission can have additional requirements regarding payment of additional fees, submission of additional passport photos or additional copies of the application.

You are submitting the application in Danmark

If you are residing legally in Denmark, you are normally able to have your biometric features recorded in Denmark. This is the case, if you:

  • hold a valid visa

  • is exempt from the visa requirement or

  • already hold a valid residence permit.

Read more about the legal residence requirement and submission of your application in Denmark. 

You can have your biometric features recorded in SIRI’s Citizen Centre in Copenhagen. 

If you plan to have your biometrics recorded in SIRI’s Citizen Centre, you must remember to book an appointment.

If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area, you can have your biometric features recorded at a local police station with facilities for recording biometrics.

See a list of local police stations, where you can have your biometrics recorded.

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.

Read more about what you can expect while you are waiting for an answer.

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