Information from The Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment

The Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment is a new agency under the Ministry of Employment. The agency was formedon 8 February 2012.

URL address www.newtodenmark.dk is administered by to organisations: The Danish Immigration Service (under the Ministry of Justice) and the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment (under the Ministry of Employment). If your enquiry is regarding work, studies, au pair, internship or working holiday, you should contact the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment. Which specific division you need to contact depends on the nature of your enquiry.

The Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment

The Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment is a new agency under the Ministry of Employment, which replaces the two former agencies: the National Labour Market Authority and the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment. 
The new agency was formed on 1 January 2014.
The agency does not yet have its own website so for the time being, you can find information about the agency's areas of responsibility on the two websites belonging to the two former agencies. 

THE NATIONAL LABOUR MARKET AUTHORITY(new window)

THE DANISH AGENCY FOR LABOUR RETENTION AND INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT(new window)

After 25th of February 2013 you can personally address to the Service Center of The Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment, which will be located at the new address:

Service Center 

Njalsgade 72C
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

All contact information

This Service Center is responsible for the following cases:

  • Work
  • Study
  • Greencard
  • Interns
  • Au pair
  • Working Holiday

Information meetings for au pairs 

Each year, the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment holds information meetings about the au pair rules aimed at au pairs and host families, respectively. The meetings will provide information about the rights and duties of au pairs during their stay in Denmark.
 
Time and place will be announced on the authority’s official website or you can also contact the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment for more information about au pairs.

Residence cards

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If you plan to travel abroad before you receive your residence card, you must apply to have a temporary re-entry permit affixed to your passport. 

If you are a resident in the Greater Copenhagen area, you can go to the Service Centre of the Danish Immigration Service, Ryesgade 53, Copenhagen to apply for the temporary re-entry permit. 

If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area, you may also submit your application at a district police station: List of police stations with an immigration office 

Applicants are required to present their passport when submitting an application. Please note that your passport must be valid for more than 3 months after the expiration of your re-entry permit.

Residence cards with biometric features

After 20 May 2012, all non-EU citizens over the age of 18 applying for residence permits under the terms of the Aliens Act must have their biometric features (facial image and fingerprints) recorded when submitting their application. Biometric features will also be recorded when applying to renew a residence permit and when applying for permanent residence. 

Applicants who are physically unable to have their fingerprints recorded will not be required to do so. 

If the application is submitted at an embassy or consulate that has agreed to process Danish applications for residence, the applicant will be required to appear at the embassy or consulate in person to submit two facial photos. Applicants who are granted residence will be informed that they will be required to have their biometric features recorded within a specific time period after arriving in Denmark. 

A residence card serves as proof that an individual has Danish residence. 

Immigration authorities will reject applications for residence if the applicant refuses to include a facial image and fingerprints for use in a biometric residence card, should the applicant be approved for residence. If the application is submitted at the embassy or consulate of a country that has agreed to process Danish applications for residence, the application will not be rejected if it does not include fingerprints. Foreign embassies and consulates cannot reject applications.

Recording biometric features

An applicant must appear in person to have his/her biometric features (facial image and fingerprints) recorded when submitting an application for residence at a Danish embassy or consulate, a Danish police station or at the office of the Immigration Service/Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment. Applicants will also be asked to provide a signature. 

Applicants for residence are required to present their passport or other form of travel document when submitting an application.

Danish police stations capable of recording biometric features

Danish embassies and consulates capable of recording biometric features

Contact information for the Immigration Service/Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment

Individuals who submit their application at theImmigration Service/Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment or at a police station will have their biometric features recorded at that time. 

Individuals who submit their application at a Danish embassy or consulate abroad will have their biometric features recorded at that time. 

Individuals who submit their application at a foreign embassy or consulate that has agreed to process Danish applications for residence will be required to include two facial photos with the application. Individuals who are granted residence will have their biometric features recorded after arriving in Denmark. 

In addition to biometric features, applicants will also be asked to provide a signature. If an applicant is granted residence, his/her biometric features will be stored on a microchip embedded in the residence card.

Fees for application process and appeals regarding au pairs, studies and work

A foreign national must normally pay a fee when applying for residence, an extension of residence or permanent residence. This applies when applying for residence due to work, studies, au pair stays, internships, religiousworkand as a family member accompanying a foreign national who works or studies in Denmark. Furthermore, a processing fee will normally need to be paid if a person wishes to appeal a decision or request a reopening of a case.

NB! The fee must be paid by the time the application, appeal or request for reopening is submitted.

Processing fee below is regulated on the January 1st (2018 amount): 

Au pairs and interns
(Applications for a residence permit under the Danish Aliens Act, section 9j or section 9k)
DKK 2,755
(€ 365)
Extension for au pairs and interns
(Applications for extension of a residence permit under the Danish Aliens Act, section 9j and section 9k)
DKK2,755
(€ 365)
Article date: 11-04-2018