Processing of your application
If you want to apply for Danish nationality, you have to fill in a special application form which can be printed from this website or collected at your local police station.
Application form for Danish nationality by naturalisation (PDF)
Processing of an application for naturalisation
- An application fee of DKK 1,000 is payable when you submit the application to the police.
- The police will examine the application form and your enclosures.
- The police will then forward the file to the the Ministry of Justice.
- You will receive a letter from the the Ministry of Justice when the Ministry has received your application from the police.
According to the Danish Constitution, Parliament determines whether an alien will be granted Danish nationality.
What happens in practice is that the Ministry of Justice examines whether you satisfy the general conditions of Danish nationality laid down by Parliament.
If you satisfy these conditions, you will be listed in a naturalisation bill to be introduced to Parliament.
The conditions that you have to satisfy to be listed in a naturalisation bill are described in the agreement on general guidelines for the preparation of naturalisation bills by the Ministry of Justice.
See Circular Letter No. 61 of 22 September 2008
Listing in naturalisation bill or refusal
If the Ministry of Justice ascertains that you satisfy the conditions, the Ministry will inform you that you will be listed in the next naturalisation bill introduced by the Ministry of Justice.
The application is then to be considered by Parliament.
If you do not satisfy these conditions, you will be informed that you are not eligible for Danish nationality at present.
The Ministry of Justice receives a large number of nationality applications each year. You should therefore expect that it will take up to 18 months from the Ministry's receipt of you application from the police before the Ministry starts processing your application.
Readings of the bill in Parliament
Naturalisation bills are introduced to Parliament by the Ministry of Justice twice a year – in April and October.
Bills are given 3 readings in Parliament. The readings in Parliament take 2-3 months.
It is up to Parliament to determine who will be granted Danish nationality. It may happen that persons listed in a bill are deleted again during the readings, for example applicants charged with a criminal offence.
After adoption of the act
When a bill has been enacted by Parliament, and the act has entered into force, the Ministry of Justice will notify the persons listed in the act.
At the same time the Ministry will send an 'information form' about family matters, which is to be filled in by each applicant. This is necessary for the Ministry to determine whether any children of the applicant will become Danish nationals based on the applicant's Danish nationality.
When the Ministry has received the completed information form, the Ministry will send a Danish nationality certificate to the applicant.