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Residence Permit Card

Residence cards with biometric features

If you are granted at residence permit in Denmark, you will be issued a residence card with biometric features (facial image and fingerprints) stored on a microchip embedded in the card.
The residence card is documentation that you hold a residence permit in Denmark.

When you submit an application for a residence permit, your biometric features will be recorded. The features are incorporated into the residence card and are used for identification and identity verification. Biometric features are stored in a database maintained by the Immigration authorities.

Storing of biometric features

Biometric features (fingerprints and facial images) are stored by the Immigration authorities. If you are granted a residence permit, your fingerprints and facial image will be stored for 10 years. If you are not granted a residence permit, your fingerprints and facial image will be stored for 20 years. If you become a Danish citizen, your fingerprints and facial image will be deleted.

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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 (http://dk.vfsglobal.co.in/contact_us.html )
(http://dk.vfsglobal.co.in/contact_us.html) 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 one passport photo 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 Faroe 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.

Storing of biometric features

Biometric features (fingerprints and facial images) are stored by the Immigration authorities. If you are granted a residence permit, your fingerprints and facial image will be stored for 10 years. If you are not granted a residence permit, your fingerprints and facial image will be stored for 20 years. If you become a Danish citizen, your fingerprints and facial image will be deleted.

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Special rules for children under 18

Children under the age of 18 who are to live, or are living, with the custody holder are not required to hold a residence card.

 However, a child can be issued a residence card upon application. When applying for a residence permit for the child, it should be stated in the application that the child requests a residence card. In this case, the child will have his/her biometric features recorded in connection with submitting the application. This child's facial image will be recorded. If the child is 6 years or older, the child's fingerprints and signature will also be recorded.

 The child's facial image will be stored on a microchip embedded in the card. If the child is 6 years or older, the microchip will also contain the child's fingerprints.
 
If the child lives, or is to live, with the custody holder in Denmark, and the child does not request a residence card, the application must include two passport photos of the child, and the child's biometric features will not need to be recorded. If the child requests a residence card at a later point, a separate application for a residence card must be submitted.

 Children under the age of 18 who are not living with the custody holder but are instead living with foster parents or close relatives, or hold a residence permit on the grounds of a school stay, must hold a residence card, and biometric features must be recorded in connection with the application being submitted.

Note: The Danish Immigration Service/The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration 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/The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration will refuse the application.

Documentation
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).

Questions?
For further questions please contact either the embassy (delambrw@um.dk) or The Danish Immigration Service/ The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

D-Visa

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.