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Danish Heritage Permit

The Heritage permit enables people with Danish heritage to reside and work in Denmark.

To qualify for this permit, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. You have previously held Danish citizenship 
  2. Both your parents or all four grandparents are or were born Danish citizens 
  3. You are a German citizen belonging to the Danish minority in South Schleswig

If you qualify for this permit, you will be granted a temporary residence permit for a maximum of 12 months. Normally you will be granted permanent residency after having resided in Denmark for one year.


Step 1: Start the Application
Start by filling out the Heritage Application (SG3) form and submit it along with the required documents in Step 2.

Step 2: Collect Documents
Please click here for the document checklist.

Please note: The document checklist found within the application form will be slightly different from the Embassy checklist. Please follow the Embassy checklist carefully.

Important: Please read this explanation regarding the fee structure for the permit you're applying for.

For quick and efficient processing you must collect all the necessary documents in the mandatory checklist before you submit your application. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in unnecessary delays or rejection.

Your original passport will be shipped to the Royal Danish Consulate General in Toronto for verification, but will be returned to you via courier (prepaid at VFS), usually within a week.

Step 3: Submit Application

As of November 10th 2014, applications must be submitted to VFS Global.

Applications for residence permits for Denmark must always be made in person as biometric features (digital photo, fingerprints and signature) are mandatory requirements for permit applications.

To book an appointment please click here for the VFS Global booking module.

Please note that when booking an appointment online, it will be at a VFS Global Centre, not at the Embassy or any of our consulates.

Addresses for the VFS Global Application Centres can be accessed here.

Please do not show up for your appointment more than 10 minutes in advance. 


Please note that documentation is accepted only in the following languages:

  • English
  • Danish
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish

Documentation in French is unfortunately not accepted.


Failing to submit all relevant documentation will result in unnecessary delays or rejection.

Failing to submit all relevant documentation will result in unnecessary delays or rejection.

All residence permit applications are handled by the Consulate General in Toronto. Application are forwarded to the Danish Immigration Service or Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment.

After processing the application, the Danish Immigration Service or Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment forwards the decision to the Consulate General.

If a permit has been granted, the Consulate General will notify you directly. You can then travel to Denmark to have the permit issued. Please note that if you are not visa exempt for Denmark, an entry visa will need to be issued for you.
If your application has been refused, the Consulate General will send you a refusal letter.

The Consulate General will not contact the authorities for status updates until the regular service goal for processing has been surpassed, however you are welcome to forward your status request directly to the DIS. Contact information can be found here.