Permanent Residence

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


If you have been granted a residence permit on the grounds of family reunification in order to live in Greenland with a spouse/partner, you can normally apply for a permanent residence permit once you have held a temporary residence permit on the same grounds for three years, and you meet the following requirements.

If the application was initially issued to a child under the age of 18, the child cannot apply for a permanent residence permit until turning 18. If the child's parent is also a foreign national, he/she must hold a permanent residence permit before a child can qualify for a permanent residence permit, or the child must have been a legal resident of Greenland for at least three years.

In certain cases, you can apply for a permanent residence permit, even though you have resided in Greenland for less than three years.


Lifetime Month(s)





P. Residency

3 years


Processing time

3 months




What are eligibility requirements for the Permanent Residence?

4 Eligibility Requirements

  • You have held a temporary residence permit in Greenland for 3 years.
  • You must still meet the requirements for your residence permit.
  • You may not have overdue public debts above DKK 83,910.14 (2021 level).
  • You may not have been sentenced to conditional/unconditional incarceration or have been found guilty of another form of crime that can be punishable by incarceration while being a resident of Greenland.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Permanent Residence?

2 Document Required

  • You can apply for a permanent residence permit in Greenland by filling in and submitting an application form.
  • You can choose between 3 applications forms depending on the ground of your current residence permit. You can fill in the application form in Word format on your computer before printing it out. The application form is also available as a PDF file that can be printed out and filled in by hand.

Talent Migration data for Greenland

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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