If a person needs asylum and want to apply for a residence permit as a refugee in Denmark, the applicant must contact the Danish immigration authorities. For example, the applicant can contact the police at the Danish border, at an airport, at a police station or in the Reception Center Sandholm.
The Danish Immigration Service registers all new asylum seekers. During the registration process, the asylum seeker must state his/her name, date of birth and nationality, as well as have a photo and fingerprints (biometrics) taken. The Danish Immigration Service then issues an ID card so that the applicant has proof that he/she is an asylum seeker in Denmark.
The police use the fingerprints to investigate whether the applicant is registered in or has obtained visas to other European countries, or to Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein or Switzerland.
An interpreter will be used during all meetings with the Danish authorities. This is done either through the interpreter being physically present or contacted by phone.
At the initial registration with the police, the applicant does not need to tell the authorities about all the reasons for seeking asylum; it is enough to say that one is afraid of returning to one's homeland.