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Termination of residence permit

Read more about the rules on termination of residence permit according to the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment.

Your permit can be revoked or denied extension if:

  • the grounds on which it was granted no longer apply, for example if you break your au pair contract, your work hours exceed the legal limit, or if you carry out work outside your host family’s home
  • you get married
  • you are living with another family that was not listed in the original residence permit application  (You must apply for a new residence permit before beginning as an au pair with the new family.)
  • it is found out that you gave false information in your original application in order to increase chances of approval
  • your passport is expired or not valid
  • you are reported as an ‘undesirable’ in the  Schengen Information System (SIS), for example because of commission of serious crimes
  • if you are considered a threat to national security, to public order, safety or health

Your personal situation is taken into consideration

If your personal situation indicates that revoking your residence permit would be particularly traumatic, the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment  may chose not to do so. The following factors will be taken into consideration:

  • Your connection with Danish society, including the duration of your residence in Denmark
  • Your age, health, and other personal circumstances
  • Your connection to other residents of Denmark
  • Your connection to your country of origin
  • Whether returning to your country of origin would endanger you

Residence abroad can make your residence permit lapse

If you leave Denmark for an extended period of time, your residence permit can lapse.  If you keep a residence in Denmark (that is, if you are registered at a Danish address), there is a limit to how long you may be outside the country if you wish to keep your residence permit. If you do not return to Denmark within the time limit, your residence permit will automatically lapse.

Read more about how to keep your residence permit from lapsing if you leave Denmark.  According to the rules, if you have resided legally in Denmark for less than two years, you may leave Denmark for a maximum of six months.