DENMARK INTRODUCES BIOMETRIC RESIDENCE CARDS 20 MAY 2012
From May 20 2012 residence cards must contain digital photos, fingerprints and signatures. New residence permits for third-country citizens will include a computer chip containing biometric features on the residence cards.
For more information see here.
For information regarding service goals see here.
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) of 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 seeking an extension.
Note: The embassy encourages all applicants (i.e. minor applicants accompanied by parents) to apply for a residence card since it would be in advantage to hold a biometric residence ID card in Denmark. The card is free of charge.
Only children under the age of 6 and persons for whom fingerprints is physically impossible are exempted from providing fingerprints. Every applicant who is submitting a residence permit application must therefore attend the VFS centre (Delhi, Mumbai, or Chennai) in person. Children of less than 6 years need to visit the centre in person, but are not required to have fingerprints or signature recorded, only a photograph will be taken.
In the following three cases no biometrics is recorded. The applicant is requested to submit three passport photos together with the application and supporting documents
- Individuals under 18 years of age, who live with a parent or other legal guardian - and who are not applying for a residence card.
- Applications for Greenland and the Faro 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 of the application until they have received the biometric data. If the applicant refuses to have his/her picture taken or fingerprints recorded, The Danish Immigration Service/Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment will refuse the application.
Applicants should bring all documents including the passport in original as well as one copy of all documents and the passport. The copies MUST be in A4 format and in colour. VFS will verify the true copy of the original documents. Original documents should never be handed in, neither at VFS nor at the embassy!
Applications submitted in Denmark
Applications can still be submitted directly to the Danish Immigration Service / Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment, either online or by post. If the application was submitted online or by post, the applicant has to go to VFS within 14 days in order have their biometric data recorded. Please carry your original passport and the printout of your online confirmation (online submission) resp. a copy of the three first pages of the application form (postal submission).
For further questions please contact either the embassy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or The Danish Immigration Service / Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment.
The Danish Embassy New Delhi will continue to issue D-Visas to applicants who receive permission for a residence permit. The D-Visa will allow the applicant to travel to Denmark within a prescribed time frame.
In Denmark, the applicant has to register with the local authorities (Borgerservice) within 5 days in order to receive a CPR-number and be covered by the Danish social security system. The applicant will then automatically receive the residence permit (in form of a plastic card) by mail within approximately 4 weeks.
The new procedure is in accordance with EU regulations.
Please note that the D-Visa is territorially restricted to Denmark. It allows the applicant to transit through other Schengen airports, but it does not allow the travel into other Schengen countries. Once applicants hold the residence card they are allowed to travel within Schengen.
For further questions please contact the Danish Immigration Service.