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Residence and Work Permits

If you wish to stay in Denmark for more than three months you must apply for a residence permit. Go to to get the latest information and application forms. The Consular Section can receive your application Tuesday and Thursday 10-11.

How to apply for your Residence Permit to Denmark

If you wish to stay in Denmark for more than three months you must apply for a residence permit. If you wish to study or work in Denmark a residence- and work permit is required.  Residence- and work permits are only given upon approval by the Danish Immigration Service in Denmark.

Current information

You must always get the latest news, procedures and application forms from the Danish Immigration Service's website:

Simple 3-step application procedure in South Africa

Step 1 - Gather information

Gather relevant information and application forms from Complete the user friendly application forms and remember to attach all supplementary documentation that is requested on the application form. Please note that a full copy of your passport means ALL 32 pages of the passport as well as the cover.

Step 2 - Pay the application fee

The total application fee consist of two different fees + a possible VFS processing fee: An application fee to the Danish Immigration Service + A submission fee to the Embassy (+ processing fee to VFS) = Total fee.

Please note that an application fee must be paid directly to the Danish Immigration Service in Copenhagen before submitting your application to the Embassy. You can find an overview of the fees here > Immigration Service Fees. The payment procedure is explained in the applications forms.

Additionally, a submission payment (Fee List) must be paid by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), debit card or by EFT into the Embassy's bank account when applying for a residence or work permit.

Bank Name: FNB
Account Name: Royal Danish Embassy
Account Number: 6240 673 5186 
Branch name: Brooklyn
Branch Code: 25 13 45
Reference: Full name and date of birth

If you apply through VFS, a further handling fee will apply.

Step 3 - Submit your application

You can now submit your application to the Embassy of Denmark in Pretoria, South Africa or through one of our VFS offices. You must appear in person at the Embassy or VFS (Consulates CANNOT receive applications) when you submit your application. Personal appearence is required in order to capture your fingerprints and signature electronically (see Q & A below).

Find our office hours and location > Find us. An appointment is not necessary if you lodge your application at the Embassy during our Visa office hours.

Please note that the application is processed by the Danish Immigration Service. The Embassy cannot track the process but will inform the application once a decision has been made. 

Q & A - Biometric residence cards

According to regulation (EC) No. 380/2008 of 18 April 2008 residence cards issued after May 20th. 2012 shall contain an electronic chip with photo, fingerprints and signature recorded digitally. In this way the security against forgery and misuse of residence cards is strengthened considerably.

The decision to introduce fingerprints in residence cards, has been made at a central level in the EU as part of the combat against terrorism, human trade, human trafficking, illegal immigration and other transnational crime. 

Biometrics must be obtained when the application is lodged
In order to issue biometric residence cards, installation of special equipment for taking photos and recording fingerprints and signature is necessary. Only the Embassy of Denmark in Pretoria currently has this equipment. 

Can I apply for a residence/work permit if one or more of my fingers are injured?
According to the law biometric data must always be contained in a biometric residence card. If the index finger is injured, a biometric residence card can be issued. In that case, a fingerprint will be taken of an alternative finger.

Must children also give their fingerprints?
No. Fingerprints are not collected from children under 6 years of age.

What to bring?
Bring the application and supporting documents (originals as well as copies). Copies of the originals must be in colour and size A4.
Babies: We recommend to bring a recent photo of the child, which meets the requirements for a photo. The photo can then be scanned by the mission, in case the mission does not have the means to take a valid photo. 

Embassy of Denmark

iParioli Office Park, Block B2
1166 Park Street
Hatfield 0083

Phone +27 (0) 12 430 9340

Useful information

Visit to find up-to-date information and application forms for your residence and work permit.