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Residence permit

According to regulation (EC) No. 380/2008 of 18 April 2008 residence cards issued after May 20th  2012, shall contain an electronic chip with photo, fingerprints and signature recorded digitally. In this way the security against forgery and misuse of residence cards is strengthened considerably. The decision to introduce fingerprints in residence cards, was made at a central level in the EU as part of the combat against terrorism, human trade, human trafficking, illegal immigration and other transnational crime. 

In order to issue biometric residence cards, installation of special equipment for taking photos and recording fingerprints and signature is necessary.
As a consequence, from 20th  May 2012 it will only be possible to apply for a residence permit with biometrics in Nigeria by personal appearance at the outsourcing bureau VFS in Abuja and Lagos.  

All applications must be lodged at the Visa Facilitation Centre (VFS) every working day from 08.00 – 14.00.

Visa Facilitation Centre (VFS)
38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse II
Tel.: +234 (0) 13427734
Visa Facilitation Center                                                    
Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opp. Treasure Garden Estate,                                                          
Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I
Tel.: +234 (0) 13427734

Fees: A processing fee needs to be paid. Kindly read more about the fee here.

A residence permit is only given upon approval by the Danish Immigration Service in Copenhagen

  • The process may take 4-6 months, before a reply from Denmark is received. Such a permit will be valid for Denmark only, not the entire Schengen-area.

Requirements for residence and work permit applications

Applicants are kindly requested to consult the relevant website as follows:


All application forms for Denmark contain an application guide with a step-by-step description of the application process and a list of required documents, along with a checklist.

Please note: As for Denmark some of the forms are first to be filled in by the sponsor in Denmark, e.g. an employer or educational institution. This is clearly indicated in the application guide. When the sponsor in Denmark has completed his/her part of the form and attached the necessary documentation, he/she must forward it to the applicant who will then complete the rest of the form, attach the necessary documentation, and submit the entire application at the Visa Facilitation Center. 

Applicants must fill in two (2) application forms to be handed in together with sufficient amount of recent passport size photographs (number can be found in application form). All the supporting documents have to be provided in two sets as well.

Residence permit with the sole purpose of immigration will not be granted.