To migrate to Denmark, you can find a job in Denmark, or you can also study in Denmark. If you have a relative in Denmark, they can also help you.
Most immigrant visas require the applicant to be sponsored by a Danish citizen, a Danish permanent resident, or a Danish employer.
Migrate to Denmark? As a member of the Schengen region, Denmark is one of a number of nations that have done away with border checks for passports and immigration.
No one’s papers will need to be checked at the borders when going to or from Schengen areas, but the Immigration Police may ask to see paperwork at any time during a trip.
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Migrate to Denmark
If you wish to migrate and live in Denmark, you can stay in the country for a long time. But the way you move might be different based on where you’re from.
You do not need a Denmark visa if you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen. EU/EEA and Swiss citizens can visit, work, study, or live in Denmark without restrictions. You also do not need a visa if you are from a country that has a visa-free agreement with Schengen.
Citizens from countries like the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, etc., can stay in Denmark for up to 90 days without a visa, but they are not allowed to work during this time.
Any non-EU/EEA citizen wishing to work or stay in Denmark longer than 90 days must apply for a Danish long-stay visa (D visa).
Moving to Denmark as an EU citizen
EU/EEA/Swiss/Nordic citizens may easily enter Denmark. If you remain for more than three months, you need an EU residency certificate.
Denmark requires a Civil Registration System (CPR) number. Present your EU resident papers to your municipality to acquire the number.
Moving to Denmark as a Non-EU Citizen
People from other countries need to apply for a Denmark visa if they want to move to Denmark.
You have to get a residence pass if you want to move there and stay for more than three months. If you filed for a Denmark long-stay visa, which lets you work, study, or live in Denmark for more than 90 days, you can only get a residence pass.
Denmark D visa
A Denmark long-stay visa is needed if you want to stay in Denmark for a long time. The D visa is only given to people from Denmark; it is not given to people from other Schengen states. You need a long-stay visa to move to Denmark to work, study, or do something else.
If you get a long-stay visa for Denmark, you can’t live anywhere else in the EU or Schengen. The D visa for a long stay only works in Denmark, not in Schengen.
How to apply
Apply for a Type D visa through SIRI (Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration) online:
- Create a case order ID, select your visa type, and pay the processing fee.
- Gather the required documents based on your visa type, like a work contract or a student acceptance letter.
- Submit your application in person at the Danish mission in your current country of residence.
- Await the outcome, which will be sent via email or SMS to inform you if your visa is approved or rejected.
The Type D visa is valid for one year and renewable. You may remain in Denmark and travel to Schengen for 90 days. Get a Schengen tourist visa for visits under 90 days.
Denmark Residence Permit
In Denmark, there are two types of resident permits:
Temporary Residence Permit and
Permanent Residence Permit.
Temporary Residence Permit
The D visa automatically grants a temporary residence authorization. Traveling with a resident permission and card is required. Danish residents traveling to other Schengen countries must follow this.
If you move to Denmark, you must register your residence with your local municipality. Registering your residence gives you a Danish CPR number.
To apply for a Denmark temporary residence permit:
- Start online with SIRI or the Danish Immigration Service.
- Pay the fee and keep the receipt.
- Gather all required documents and biometrics (photo, fingerprints).
- Select the correct application form for your permit type.
- Register your biometrics at the Danish Immigration Center. If overseas, pay the Danish mission processing your application.
Permanent Residence Permit
After living in Denmark regularly for eight years or more, you could apply for a permanent residence visa. An individual must receive a lifelong resident pass in order to work, study, or seek a family gathering in Denmark.
Apply via the Danish Immigration Service or SIRI.
Citizenship in Denmark
In Denmark, you can become a citizen in three ways:
- If one of your parents is Danish, you’re eligible by descent.
- Nordic citizens can apply through a declaration after living in Denmark for seven years.
- For others, it’s through naturalization, which takes at least eight years of legal residence in Denmark.
Source: Visa Guide