The collateral requirement
Your spouse/partner in Denmark must post DKK 50,800 (2013 level) in collateral in the form of a bank guarantee.
This guarantee is designed to cover any future public assistance paid to you by your municipality under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act (lov om aktiv socialpolitik) or the Integration Act (integrationsloven) after you relocate to Denmark.
In order to meet the collateral requirement, a Danish financial institution must issue the guarantee, known as a demand guarantee. Read more about how to meet the collateral requirement.
The DKK 50,800 (2013 level) amount applies only to applications that have been submitted as of 15 May 2012.
Applicants for family reunification who submitted applications before 15 May 2012, and were approved on the condition that they pay more than DKK 50,800 in collateral, can apply to have that amount reduced. However, such a request will be considered a new application for family reunification and the Immigration Service will evaluate whether or not all the conditions for a new residence permit are met, including passing a Danish as a second language test within six months of the applicant been granted residence. Read more about the Danish test.
The collateral requirement can be suspended if special reasons apply. This could be the case, if your spouse/partner in Denmark:
- is a refugee or has protected status and still risks persecution in his/her country of origin. Read more about refugees
- has children under 18 living in the home who have formed an individual attachment to Denmark, or has children from a previous relationship and has custody of the child or has visitation rights and sees the child on a regular basis. Read more about children under 18
- is seriously ill. Read more about serious illness/disability