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Active citizen

In order to be granted a permanent residence permit you must meet 2 of 4 supplementary requirements in addition to the basic requirements. One of these requirements can be met by passing an active citizen exam or by having exhibited active citizenship in Denmark for at least 1 year. This can be by participation in a board, organization or similar.

The active citizen exam

The active citizen exam is a new written exam, which is held twice a year – in June and in December. The exam is held by a number of language schools across the country.

Please note, that it is a new active citizen exam. Citizen exams that are passed before 2016 do not count as meeting the supplementary requirement concerning active citizen.

Registration and date of exam

At the Ministry of Immigration and Integration’s webpage (uim.dk), you can read about how to register for the active citizen exam and about the exam. You can also see the date of the next exam and the registration deadline.

Read more about registration and the exam (in Danish only)

Preparation for the exam

The active citizen exam is designed as a multiple choice test and contains 25 questions about the Danish democracy and everyday life as well as Danish culture and history.Study material can be found at the Ministry of Immigration and Integration’s webpage (uim.dk)

Find the study material for the active citizen exam (in Danish only)

Active citizenship

You can meet the supplementary requirement concerning active citizen if you can document that you have exhibited active citizenship in Denmark for at least 1 year. This can be by participation in a board, organization or similar. It is a requirement that that it is a board, organization or similar that in word and deed supports the fundamental democratic values and legal principals in the Danish society.

It is not a requirement that you have participated in an organization or board continuously throughout a whole year. This means that you can combine more years of active citizenship to meet the requirement concerning 1 year of active citizenship. Furthermore, it is not a requirement that you still participate in an organization or board at the time when the permanent residence permit is being ruled. Finally, it is not a requirement that you have been a member of the same organization, board or similar throughout the 1 year.

Membership of a parents’ committee, a school board, a board of a non-profit housing organization, an integration council or a senior council

You will be able to meet the requirement concerning active citizenship by e.g. being a member of a parents’ committee, a school board, a board of a non-profit housing organization, an integration council or a senior council for at least 1 year.

You can document a membership of a parents’ committee by e.g. enclosing a statement from the day-care center, the municipal day-care, the after-school center or the after-school club.

Membership of a school board or a board of a non-profit housing organization can be documented by e.g. enclosing a statement from the school or the housing organization.

Membership of an integration council or a senior council can be documented by e.g. enclosing a statement from the municipal council who has established the council.

Participation in work for children or young people

You can also meet the requirement by having exhibited active citizenship through at least 1 year of participation in work for children or young people e.g. by being a trainer in a sports club or by completing a referee or trainer education. The same applies when participating in a folk high school (højskole) stay, work as a role model or involvement in other organized spare-time activities for children or young people, e.g. help with homework.

You can document the participation by e.g. enclosing a statement from the club, organization or similar where you have worked. Or you can do so by enclosing documentation of completed referee or trainer education including the length of the education or by enclosing proof of participation in a folk high school (højskole) stay.

Participation in a non-profit organization

You can also meet the requirement concerning active citizenship through at least 1 year of participation in a non-profit organization, e.g. if you have participated actively in the management of an organization. The non-profit organization can e.g. be an organization that is entitled to subsidies under the Non-formal Education Act (folkeoplysningsloven).



Last update: 10/11/2017
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