The expected maximum processing time is
8 months

The fee is
DKK 10,965,-

Who can be granted a residence permit as an accompanying family member of a religious worker?

As a foreign national, you may apply for a residence permit in Denmark if you are the

  • spouse
  • cohabiting partner, or
  • minor child

of a foreign national who is to reside, or who already resides, in Denmark, and works as a member of the clergy, missionary, nun or monk.

If you are a citizen of a Nordic country, you do not need a residence permit and are free to reside, study and work in Denmark. If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or of Switzerland seeking residence in Denmark based on the EU rules on freedom of movement, you may be subject to special regulations. Read more about citizens of EU/EEA and Nordic countries
 

What are the requirements?

 In order to qualify for a residence permit as an accompanying family member of a religious worker, you and the religious worker need to meet certain requirements.

You and the religious worker need to live together in Denmark as a family.

You and the religious worker in Denmark need to support each other financially as a family. This means that you may not receive any public assistance while you reside in Denmark. Public assistance is any benefit that has the character of public assistance for maintenance. E.g. cash benefits, old age pension, early retirement pensions, unemployment benefits, early retirement pay, unemployment benefits in the event of illness or birth, child assistance, housing assistance etc.

Which type of residence permit will you be granted?

Your initial residence permit will be valid for the same period as the religious worker’s residence permit. If the religious worker’s residence permit is extended, your residence permit can be extended for the same length of time if you continue to qualify for residency.

Read more about extension of residence permits  

If you are granted a residence permit in Denmark, you will also be permitted to work while your residence permit is valid. 

The information below explains what you need to do when applying for a residence permit as the accompanying family member of a religious worker.

We recommend that you make sure you know the requirements for obtaining a residence permit before paying the application fee. Read more about the requirements in the ‘Need to know’ tab.

 

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

Case type:

Extension for religious worker and accompanying family

Fee:

DKK 10,965,-

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Are you exempt from paying the fee?

Are you sure a fee is not required to be paid in your case?

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 paid a fee and the following case handling shows that the fee should not have been paid, 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

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

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

Read more about Fee exemption

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All fees are regulated every year on 1 January. Make sure to create your Case Order ID, pay the fee and submit your application in the same calendar year. If you pay the fee before 1 January and submit your application after 1 January, your application may be rejected.

If no case order ID is shown in the field below, please type your case order ID and click on View payment status.

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You need to fill in the application form. You also need to enclose documentation, so it is a good idea to gather it all before you start. The type of documentation you need to attach depends on whether you are the religious worker’s spouse/partner or child.

If you are the spouse/partner of a religious worker, you may need:

If you are the child of a religious worker, you may need:

Set aside

20 to 30 minutes

to fill in the application form

1 person

You, the applicant, need to fill in the application form.

The application form includes detailed instructions for how to fill it in and which types of documentation you need to enclose. If you are under 16, your custodial parent needs to sign the application.

The application form includes detailed instructions for how to fill it in and which types of documentation you need to enclose.

If you want to resume filling in an application form online select ‘Start online application’. Once you are logged in, select ‘Continue a previously saved application’.

If you would like to make changes to an application after you have submitted it, you need to contact the Immigration Service. You do not need to submit a new application. Contact the Immigration Service

Start RF2 online application

We encourage you to use the digital application form. It adapts according to your answers and is automatically send to the Immigration Service, when you have submitted it

You can also print out and submit the application form. You can fill in the application form in Word format on your computer before printing it out. The application form is also available as a PDF file that can be printed out and filled in by hand.

Download form RF2 (word)

Download form RF2 (pdf)

Applying from outside Denmark

You can submit your application at a Danish mission (embassy or consulate), or an outsourcing office in the country where you live.

See the list of Danish missions or outsourcing offices where you can hand in your application

If there is no Danish mission or outsourcing offices in the country where you live, the list refers to missions Denmark shares a representation agreement with, e.g. Norway or Sweden. If there is no representation agreement, the list refers to the nearest Danish mission or outsourcing office in the region.

The Immigration Service recommends that you visit the website of the Danish mission before you submit your application. Individual offices might have additional requirements, such as extra passport photos or copies of your application.

Applying in Denmark

If you are in Denmark legally, you can normally submit your application in Denmark. This would be the case if you:

  • hold a valid visa
  • are not required to hold a visa, or
  • hold a valid Danish residence permit

You can submit your application to the Immigration Service at Citizen Service. You must book an appointment before you show up at the Citizen Service. Read more about where the Immigration Service’s Citizen Service has branch offices and how you book an appointment

You can also send your application to the Immigration Service in the post.

Read more about the rules for submitting your application in Denmark

When you submit your application, you will normally need to have your fingerprints recorded and a picture of your face taken. These are also known as your biometric features. Your biometric features are required in order for you to get a new residence card.

Read more about residence cards with fingerprints and facial pictures

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