Reduction of the collateral guarantee - for applications submitted on 1 July 2018 or after

In connection to your application for family reunification, your spouse/partner in Denmark must normally post DKK 102,000 (2019 level) in collateral in the form of a financial guarantee. You can apply to have the demand guarantee reduced by DKK 20,400 (2019 level) when you have passed a test in Danish at A1 level.

The demand guarantee can be reduced by another DKK 10,200 (2019 level) if you pass a test in Danish at A2 level. Read more about the tests in Danish.

Finally, the demand guarantee is reduced by a further DKK 10,200 (2019 level) when you have passed a final Danish language test under the Act on Danish courses for adult foreigners.

Reduction of the collateral guarantee - for applications submitted before 1 July 2018

In connection to your application for family reunification, your spouse/partner in Denmark must normally post DKK 55,375.27 (2018 level) in collateral in the form of a financial guarantee. You can apply to have the demand guarantee reduced by DKK 22,150.11 (2018 level) when you have passed a test in Danish at A1 level.

The demand guarantee can be reduced by another DKK 11,075.05 (2018 level) if you pass a test in Danish at A2 level. Read more about the tests in Danish.

Finally, the demand guarantee is reduced by a further DKK 11,075.05 (2018 level) when you have passed a final Danish language test under the Act on Danish courses for adult foreigners.

Collateral guarantees higher than DKK 55,375.27 (2018 level)

The DKK 55,375.27 (2018 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 55,375.27 (2018 level) 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 test in Danish within six months of you been granted residence permit. Read more about the tests in Danish

Release of the collateral guarantee

The demand guarantee can be released if you:

  • have been granted a permanent residence permit, or
  • have been granted a residence permit on other grounds.

The demand guarantee can also be released once it has been posted for a total period of 10 years from the start date of the original guarantee and the guarantee has not expired yet. 

Furthermore, the demand guarantee can be released if your residence permit has expired, lapsed, been revoked or denied extension, and your spouse/partner can document that you have left Denmark or have died. Any public assistance paid to you must have been repaid.

Your spouse/partner in Denmark cannot have the demand guarantee released simply because the two of you are no longer living together, or because the two of you have filed for or have been granted separation/divorce.

If you have any questions about the reduction or release of the demand guarantee, please contact your local municipality.