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Residence permit


As a foreign national, you must have a residence permit in order to study in Denmark. However, different rules apply- depending on your nationality.

EU Citizens, EEA Citizens (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway), Nordic Citizens and Citizens from Switzerland

Since you will stay in Denmark longer than three months, you must apply for a registration certificate. You will obtain a registration certificate by applying to the Regional State Administration (‘Statsforvaltning’) upon arriving in Denmark. Do not forget your passport and/or your ID card. Like everyone else, you should be able to identify yourself and prove your nationality to the Danish police.

For more information please visit the website of 'Statsforvaltningen'.

NON-EU/OVERSEAS Citizens

As a NON-EU/OVERSEAS citizen, you must apply for and get a residence permit before coming to Denmark. Please be aware that it takes approximately three months to receive a residence permit. When you have received it, you are welcome to enter Denmark two weeks before the study start of your semester and stay in the country two weeks after your semester has finished.

It is a demand from the Immigration authorities when you apply that:

  • You can sustain yourself financially. If you are coming as an exchange student (studying for free), the Immigration Authorities will demand documentation for an amount of equivalent to 6000 DKK / month. However, if you apply through the Erasmus+ ICM grant you automatically have stated that you can sustain yourself financially during your studies in Denmark and therefore do not need to send in this documentation.

Lillebaelt Academy can assist you during the application process and at this link you will find our guideline to the application process  for a student residence permit.

You should also check the website of the Danish immigration authorities.

REGISTRATION AT THE NATIONAL REGISTER

The National Register ('Folkeregisteret') is the central register for all residents in Denmark. All registered residents receive a personal identification number (cpr-number).

NON-EU/OVERSEAS Citizens

  1. Upon arrival, you must register at the National Register ('Folkeregisteret') in order to get your cpr-number. When you register at the national register, you will be prompted to choose a practitioner
  2. Your yellow health insurance card will be send to you within 2 weeks after the registration

EU Citizens, EEA Citizens (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway), Nordic Citizens and Citizens from Switzerland

  1. Upon arrival, you must register at ‘Statsforvaltningen’. You will receive your registration certificate within a few weeks after registration
  2. When you receive it, you must register at the National Register ('Folkeregisteret') in order to get your cpr-number. When you register at the national register, you will be prompted to choose a practitioner
  3. Your yellow health insurance card will be send to you within 2 weeks after the registration

When you leave Denmark, you must notify the National Register no later than five days prior to your departure.