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Residence and work permit for Denmark

If you wish to apply for a residence permit for Denmark from Egypt please read the information carefully.

Denmark introduced biometric residence cards 20 May 2012

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. 

Enquiries about residence and work permits

All enquiries about residence and work permits for Denmark should be addressed to the Embassy of Denmark.

For information about living and working in Denmark use the link to New to Denmark

Find the right application form

In the right column you can download the Danish Immigration Service's Form Guide with links to all the application forms for residence and work permits for Denmark. Please use the guide to download the appropriate application form.

Each individual form comes with step-by-step instructions. However the forms have been designed for lodgement directly with the Immigration Service in Denmark and therefore they do not mention the additional requirements when you lodge your application with a Danish mission abroad. We therefore kindly ask you to read the following carefully and use our checklists at the bottom of the page before you lodge your application.

Lodging your application

It is a requirement that you lodge your application IN PERSON directly to TLSContact in Cairo as biometric must be obtained when the application is lodged. Please contact TLSContact,  for an appointment!

According to the law biometric data must always be contained in a biometric residence card. If the index finger is injures, a biometric residence card can be issued but in that case a fingerprint will be taken of an alternative finger.

Fingerprints are not collected from children under 6 years of age.

Please bring the application and supporting documents, originals as well as copies. Copies must be in colour and in size A4.

For babies we recommend you bring a recent photo of the baby which meets the requirements for photos. If it is not possible to take a valid photo at the Embassy the photo can be scanned.


The Embassy of Denmark in Cairo forwards all applications to the Danish Immigration Service in Copenhagen for processing. Once the Danish Immigration Service has reached a decision they will forward the written approval or refusal (a letter) to the Embassy in Cairo who in turn will notify the applicant. 

Applicants from countries who require a visa to enter Denmark will in addition to the written approval letter also be issued a long-stay visa for Denmark in their passport. The Embassy in Cairo will issue this visa. The visa allows them to enter Denmark and upon arrival they must obtain a residence card from the Danish Immigration Service.

If the Danish Immigration Service refuses your application, a letter of refusal will be sent to you.

For processing times see the information on the Danish Immigration Service's website.

Follow up

While your case is pending: You or your family or other persons including the reference in Denmark should NOT contact the Embassy of Denmark and inquire about the status of your pending case unless it is because you have further information relating to your case. The Embassy will contact you either because we need further information or because we have received the decision from the Danish Immigration Service/Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International recruitment regarding your application..

Original passport

You must present your original passport upon lodgement of your application. Your passport must be valid for three months longer than your intended stay. 

If you do NOT wish to enclose your original passport with your application the Embassy in Cairo will contact you when the permit has been granted. You must then present or forward your original passport to the Embassy in Cairo in order to have the long-stay visa issued.