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Are you a non-EU citizen living in Denmark and would you like to bring your non-EU family members to live with you there? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights your family members can enjoy during their stay.


If you have held a permanent Danish residence permit for the past three years or more, you will be eligible to apply for family reunification in Denmark with the following family members:
  • spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner;
  • children under the age of 15.
You and your spouse/partner must:
  • live together at the same address in Denmark when your residence permit is granted;
  • have a combined attachment to Denmark that is significantly greater than your combined attachment to any other country;
  • obtain 60/120 points based on your spouse's/partner's level of education, language skills and work experience.
Your family members must obtain a residence permit before entering Denmark.

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  Your family members must obtain a residence permit before entering Denmark.
Where and how to apply? Applications may be submitted at the Danish embassy or consulate of the country of origin or of residence which will forward them to the Immigration Service.

If there is no Danish mission in the country of origin or of residence, it may possible to submit your application to the
mission of another Schengen country.

Family members who are legally staying in Denmark may submit an application directly in Denmark at the
Service Centre of the Immigration Service or at the local police if outside Copenhagen.
Requirements? Reuniting with a spouse or partner

The marriage or registered partnership must:
  • be recognised by Danish law;
  • have been entered into voluntarily;
  • not have been entered into solely to obtain a residence permit for the family member.
Cohabiting partners must also show a permanent and lasting relationship.

Requirements relating to you and your spouse/partner

Your combined attachment to Denmark must be significantly greater than your combined attachment to any other country. The attachment requirement does not apply if you have held Danish citizenship for over 28 years or if you were born and raised in Denmark, or came to Denmark as a small child, and have been a legal resident in Denmark for over 28 years.

Requirements relating to you

  • You must be able to support your spouse/partner and yourself in Denmark. In most cases, this requirement will be met if you have not received public assistance under the terms of the Danish Active Social Policy Act or the Danish integration Act for the three years prior to the application being processed by the Immigration Service; 
  • You must have accomodation of adequate size at your disposal;
  • You must lodge DKK 100,000 (approximately EUR 13,435) in bank-backed collateral to cover any public assistance paid to your spouse/partner after he or she relocates to Denmark;
  • You must not have been convicted of violent acts against a former spouse/partner within a period of 10 years prior to processing the application.

Requirements relating to your spouse/partner

  • Your spouse/partner must obtain 60 points if both you and your spouse/partner in Denmark are 24 years or older;
  • Your spouse/partner must obtain 120 points if you and/or your spouse/partner are under 24;
  • Your spouse/partner must pass the immigration test which tests Danish language skills and knowledge of Denmark and Danish society.

The points-based system is mainly based on your level of education, language skills and work experience. More on the points system.

Further requirements if you are not a Danish/Nordic citizen

Dispensation

One or more requirements can be suspended in a number of special circumstances, including:

  • You have children under 18 living in the home who have formed an individual attachment to Denmark, or have children from a previous relationship and have custody of the child or have visitation rights and see the child on a regular basis; or
  • You are seriously ill.

More on family reunification with spouses, registered partners and cohabiting partners 

Reuniting with children

A child under 15 who has parent(s) living in Denmark may be eligible to join them if the following conditions are met:

  • After a residence permit has been granted, the child must live with his or her parents who have full or joint custody.
  • The child must not have started his or her own family.
  • The parent living in Denmark, or the spouse/partner, must not have been convicted of abuse of a child under the age of 15 within a period of 10 years prior to the decision.
  • The interests of the child and the likelihood of his/her integration into Denmark will be considered.
  • Financial support of the child and adequate accommodation must be guaranteed.
More on family reunification with children
Appeals? Appeals can be filed at the Ministry of Justice.
Further information? More on appeals

More on family reunification

More on how to apply

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Permanent residence permit If you have held a Danish temporary residence permit for at least four years, you can apply for a permanent residence permit. To qualify, you must obtain at least 100 points.

A total of 70 points are awarded if you meet the following conditions, all of which must be met.
  • You have resided legally in Denmark for at least four years;
  • You have not committed a serious crime;
  • You do not have any overdue public debts;
  • You have not received public assistance for a period of three years before applying;
  • You submit a signed declaration on integration and active citizenship or indicate your agreement to its contents;
  • You have passed a Danish exam to level two or equivalent;
  • You have worked in Denmark for at least two and a half out of the last three years before applying and this employment is on-going.
An additional 15 points will be awarded if you prove you are an active citizen by serving on a board or being an active member of other organisations for at least 12 months. In the future you may be able to fulfil this requirement by passing an Active Citizenship Exam, which is currently being developed.

The final 15 points are awarded if you meet one of the following integration-related requirements:
  • You have worked in Denmark for at least four out of the last four and a half years before applying and this employment is on-going;
  • You have completed a programme in a qualifying Danish educational institution;
  • You have passed Danish exam level three or equivalent.

Download the application form for a permanent residence permit.

Exemptions to one or more of these requirements may be available for pensioners, applicants under the age of 19, applicants with strong ties to Denmark and applicants who are entitled to a waiver under Denmark's international obligations. More on exemptions

More on permanent residence permits

 


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