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What are the fees for work permits and residency applications in Denmark?

Denmark recently changed several of the fees it charges for various types of work, study and residence permits. We set out what you can expect to pay.

What are the fees for work permits and residency applications in Denmark?
The process for applying for Danish work and study permits or permanent residency and citizenship can be complex. We set out what you can expect to pay to apply once you have prepared your application. File photo: Kristian Djurhuus/Ritzau Scanpix

Application fees for several types of work and residence permits in Denmark went up earlier this month after the 2023 budget was passed.

Fees for applying for work and study permits, along with family reunification and permanent residence have changed.

The fee for family reunification applications is reduced from 10,330 kroner to 9,750 kroner, while all other fees go up.

The fee for applying for Danish citizenship is 4,000 kroner as of 2023.

We outline the various application fees for work, study and residence permits, family reunification as well as citizenship.

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The category “work permit” applies to all the pathways by which foreign professionals can apply for a Danish work permit. These include the Pay Limit Scheme, Fast Track Scheme and Positive List, and all other types of work permit.

Study permits include those for people offered positions as PhD researchers, as well as permits for basic and youth study and higher education.


The residence permit fees apply to people who are not EU nationals, who must pay fees when applying for residence permits in Denmark. EU citizens do not pay a fee when registering for Danish residence.

All citizenship applicants must pay the application fee regardless of nationality.

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All fees are correct as of May 2023.

Work and study

  • Work permit: 4,670 kroner
  • Study permit: 2,115 kroner
  • Au pair and intern (not connected to a study programme): 4,320 kroner
  • Accompanying family members: 2,635 kroner
  • Job seeking after completing study programme: 1,890 kroner (plus 750 kroner to apply for work permit during job seeking period)

Family reunification

  • Family reunification: 9,750 kroner (plus bank guarantee, deposit of 110,293 kroner)
  • Extension of family reunification: 3,230 kroner

Permanent residence

  • Permanent residence based on family reunification, asylum etc.: 4,835 kroner
  • Permanent residence based on existing work or study permit: 7,355 kroner


  • Citizenship: 4,000 kroner
  • Children under 18: free

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Denmark to use updated wage data for work permit applications

New wage statistics will be used from October 1st for assessment of work permit applications by Danish authorities.

Denmark to use updated wage data for work permit applications

When assessing applications for work permits under programmes including the Pay Limit Scheme, the Fast Track Scheme and the Positive List, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), which is responsible for processing work permits, uses income statistics to decide whether a job that has been offered is within the Danish standards for salary.

The statistics, which are provided by the Confederation of Danish Employers (Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening, DA) will be updated in October 1st, SIRI said in a statement earlier this month.

The new income statistics contains information from second quarter of 2023. SIRI expects quarterly updates to the income statistics in future, with the next update to take effect from January 1st, 2024, it said in the statement.

For people who have applied or are applying for a Danish work, this means that applications submitted from October 1st onwards will be assessed based on income statistics for the second quarter of 2023. Applications submitted before this will be assessed based on income statistics from the first quarter of 2023.

Danish work permit rules require salary and other employment conditions offered to the foreign employee to be equivalent to those on the Danish labour market. This applies for first-time applications as well as for extensions.

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For example, the Pay Limit scheme allows work permits to be granted to applicants who have been offered a salary by a Danish employer which is at or above the government-set minimum amount.

The minimum salary was reduced from 448,000 kroner per year to 375,000 kroner per year in a rule change earlier this year, but the salary offered may also be higher than this.

However, when assessing applications, SIRI must also assess whether the salary offered is “realistic” for the role being offered, to comply with rules intended to guard against abuse of the work permit system.

According to information provided on SIRI’s website, the agency will normally deem the salary to be within normal Danish standards if the employer, or the employment contract, is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

In other cases, it may more closely assess the salary that has been offered.

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If SIRI finds that the salary does not appear to be at a usual level for the given role, it may ask the employer about the salary based on DA’s statistics.

It may also ask another body, the Regional Labour Market Councils (De Regionale Arbejdsmarkedsråd) for a second opinion.