Permanent Residence Permit

Information on applying for a permanent residence permit – how to qualify and how to submit the application...

It is possible to apply for a permanent residence permit once a temporary residence permit has been held for 8 years (or four years in some cases) A permanent residence permit entitles the holder to reside in Denmark indefinitely, however, certain criteria must be met. In order to qualify for a permanent residence permit the applicant must:

  • Have been legally resident in Denmark for at least four years
  • Have not committed any serious crimes
  • Have no overdue public debts. Exceptions for reprieves apply
  • Have received no public assistance from social welfare in the three years prior to applying for permanent residence
  • Have submitted and declared the declaration on integration on active citizenship in Danish society
  • Have passed the Danish language examinations up to Level 2 or equivalent
  • Have worked in Denmark for at least 3 and a half years of the last four years prior to submitting the application
  • Be employed at the time of submitting the application
  The applicant can also meet other supplementary requirements, for example by serving on the board of another organisation for at least 12 months.

  • The applicant has been working in Denmark for at least four of the past four and a half years prior to submitting the application
  • The applicant has completed an educational programme at a Danish educational institute such as a bachelor's degree or business academy qualification
  • The applicant has successfully passed the Danish exam Level 3 or equivalent
For comprehensive details visit the Danish Immigration Service

Exemptions

Exemptions to the above criteria apply for certain groups such as pensioners, applicants under the age of 19 years, and applicants with strong ties to Denmark.

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