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Working Holiday

The Working Holiday Agreement between Denmark and Canada provides an opportunity for young people to gain international travel and work experience. The permit allows you to travel and work in Denmark for one full year, giving you a chance to explore the country and its culture.

Please note:

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has currently suspended the Working Holiday scheme. This means that while you are still able to submit your application, SIRI will not process the application until the COVID-19 situation is alleviated. It is recommended that you do not submit a Working Holiday application until this happens.


To qualify for the Working Holiday permit you must be a Canadian citizen between 18 and 35 years of age, both ages inclusive. Your passport must be valid 3 months after your planned departure from Denmark and you will also need to provide proof of sufficient funds and valid travel insurance.

If you qualify for the working holiday permit, you can be granted a residence permit for a maximum of 12 months. The primary purpose of your stay must be a holiday, but you may work during your stay in Denmark to earn extra funds to support yourself. You are allowed to study for a maximum of 6 months, and work part time or full time for a maximum of 6 months during the 12-month period.

Please click here for more information on the Working Holiday permit .

STEP 1: Start the Application and Pay Application Fee 
Start by filling out the application form:

Note that you can only apply three months before your entry date.

Pay the fee for the Embassy online via the following link and ensure to include the receipt with your application:

https://dys.um.dk/permit/

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

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.

For quick and efficient processing you must collect all the required documents in the mandatory checklist before you submit the 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 Embassy in Ottawa for verification, but will be returned to you via courier (prepaid at VFS), usually within a week.

 

Step 3: Submit Application

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.

All residence permit applications are handled by the Royal Danish Embassy in Ottawa. Application are forwarded to the Danish Immigration Service or Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment (SIRI).

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

If a permit has been granted, the Embassy 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 Embassy will send you a refusal letter.

The Embassy 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 SIRI. Contact information can be found here.

important notice

Please note that 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.

 

 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to apply in time for the intended departure.

 

 

For passports: 5 weeks prior

For permits: 3 months prior

For visas: A minimum of 18 days prior (15 days of processing plus shipping).

 

 

The processing times may be longer than this during peak travel season (May, June, July, August and December) due to case volume or if cases require further scrutiny.