Citizens of Non-EU/EEA/Nordic countries

Information about the ST1 application form - residence and work permit for exchange students.

*** Please note that you cannot apply for a residence permit until after the ST1 application form has been sent to your UCPH mail***

According to Danish law non EU/EEA/Nordic citizens need to obtain a residence permit as a student in order to stay in Denmark. You apply for the residence permit using the ST1 application form. On this page we will present a brief overview of the ST1 application process.

We have organised the information into categories:

We strongly advise you to start the ST1 application process as soon as you have received the ST1 application form due to the long processing time.

The ST1 application form

You can start the ST1 application process when:

1)      You have been admitted as an exchange student and the University of Copenhagen has sent you the ST1 application form. The ST1 application form is in a pdf format and will be sent to your UCPH e-mail address for security reasons.

2)      The University of Copenhagen is required to fill out part 2 of the ST1 application form before sending it to you. The ST1 application form itself includes information about how to apply and will be your main information source about the process. Be sure to read the ST1 application instructions carefully before starting the process.

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) processes the ST1 applications. Their guidelines and rules trump any information we may have on this page.

Steps in the ST1 application process

There are 3 major steps in the ST1 application process. Read through all of the steps as they are not listed in chronological order. In fact it is a good idea to simultaneously prepare some of the steps.

Step 1: Create a case order ID and pay the application fee
The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) charges a fee to process your ST1 application.

1)      One of the first steps is creating a case order ID

2)      And paying the application fee.

Be sure to print your receipt of the paid fee as well as saving the receipt electronically as you will need this documentation later. Read more about the case order ID fee here.

Step 2: Fill out the ST1 application form

Fill out part 1 of the ST1 application form.

Step 3: Submit the ST1 application form and have your biometric features recorded at a Danish diplomatic mission

You will need to submit in person your ST1 application at the nearest Danish diplomatic mission. The reason you need to appear in person is so that you can have your biometric features recorded (digital facial image and fingerprints). Your biometric features are a requirement for the resident permit. You will most likely need to book an appointment. Here is a list of all the Danish embassies and consulates in the world.

You can read more about the recording of biometric features on the website called New to Denmark.

For more information about your options read more here.

Documents needed for the ST1 application

When you submit your completed ST1 application form you also need to submit the following documents:

  • Paper copy of the receipt for paid application fee (the case order ID)
  • Paper copy of your passport - all pages including the front and back page. It is very important that the copy is of your whole passport including the blank pages
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself. In order to be granted a resident permit, you need to prove that you can support yourself for the duration of your stay. The monthly amount for 2017 is DKK 6,015. Thus if you are staying for 6 months you must have at your disposal DKK 36090. The documentation of financial funds must be in one of the following forms: a study grant, student loans or a cash deposit in a bank account accessible to you.
  • Paper copy of your admission letter, which might sometimes also be referred to as an enrolment letter. Be sure to also bring along the original admission letter.

Be sure to check with the Danish diplomatic mission where you are submitting your ST1 application in what format they want the documents. An example of this could be that two-sided copies are not allowed.

Other documents
Be sure to check with the Danish diplomatic mission where you are submitting your ST1 application if you are required to bring any other documents and in what format. You will at a minimum be required to bring your passport.

Good to know about ST1 application process

Case order ID fee - Pay the full fee
Please make sure that any possible bank fees in connection with the transfer are added to the amount and not deducted from it.

Pay the case order fee the same year as submitting the ST1 application
The fee will be raised once a year, usually in January. Therefore we recommend that students pay the fee the same calendar year as they are turning in the ST1 application. Otherwise, they risk rejection by SIRI.

Processing time for ST1 application is 2 months
SIRI’s processing time is up to two months, thus it is important to start ST1 application process as soon as possible so you can obtain your residence and work permit before your studies start. Please note that SIRI’s two month service goal for processing your ST1 application only starts once you have submitted a complete application including all needed documentation.

The University of Copenhagen has no influence on ST1 application process