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Biometric residence card

Biometric residence cards

The following applicants must have their biometric data recorded when submitting their applications:

  • All third-country citizens (non-EU/EEA, Nordic or Swiss citizens) age 18 years and over.
  • Applicants under 18 years of age, who DO NOT live with a parent or other legal guardian.
  • Applicants under 18 years of age if requested.
  • Biometric data must also be recorded when applying for an extension.

Only children under the age of 6 and persons for whom fingerprints are physically impossible to obtain are exempted from providing fingerprints.

In the following three cases biometrics do not need to be recorded. The applicant is requested to submit three passport photos along with the application and supporting documents:

  • Individuals under 18 years of age, who live with and will accompany a parent or other legal guardian to Denmark - and who are not applying for a residence card.
  • Applications for Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Case order ID is not applicable for residence applications for Greenland and the Faro Islands.
  • Applying under EU law. Biometric data is not required for third country citizens applying under EU legislation. Case order ID is not applicable for applications for residence cards under the EU legislation.

Note: The Danish Immigration Service/Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment will not begin processing the application until they have received the biometric data. If the applicant refuses to have his or her picture taken or fingerprints recorded, The Danish Immigration Service/Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment will refuse the application.

Applicants are required to submit the original and one copy of all documents including the passport. The copies MUST be in A4 or letter size format and in colour.

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important notice

Denmark offers a wide range of residence permits. For a complete overview, please visit NewToDenmark. We have created checklists for the most common applications types, which you can access via the menu on the left.

Processing Times

The processing time varies by the type of residence permit you are applying for. Find the service goals for processing here and here. The Royal Danish Embassy cannot provide status updates to your application. Please contact the responsible agency directly.

Appointment Booking

All residence permit applications, without exception, must be submitted via our outsourcing partner, VFS Global. You can book your appointment here.

For assistance:

Call VFS Global: 1-866-978-5904 (Live agent Monday to Friday 8am-5pm EST)

Email VFS Global:

Please note

Neither the Embassy nor our consulates can be held responsible for technical difficulties, human errors or shipping delays in the processing of passports, permits and visa applications.