The expected maximum processing time is
10 months

The fee is
DKK 8,210,-

Who can be granted family reunification of children?

What are the requirements if you are under 15 years old?

What are the requirements if you are between 15-18 years?

Which type of residence permit will you be granted?

Who can be granted family reunification of children?

If you are under 15 and have a parent who lives in Denmark you may qualify for a residence permit under the rules for family reunification. In special situations, you may qualify if you are between 15 and 18.

You and your parent in Denmark need to meet certain requirements.

Special rules apply to the groups below:

What are the requirements if you are under 15 years old?

Requirements the applicant needs to meet

Normally, you may not be older than 15 years when you submit your application.

In special situations, you may qualify for family reunification despite being older than 15 years. Read more in the section ‘What are the requirements when you are between 15-18 years’
 

 If your application for family unification is approved and you are granted a residence permit, you will be required to live with your parent in Denmark.

You can’t qualify for family reunification if you have started your own family. Starting your own family includes cohabiting with a partner or having a child. 

Granting you family reunification to live with your parent in Denmark needs to be in your best interests. That means the Immigration Service will consider whether the municipality where your parent in Denmark lives needs to provide us with a statement about your well-being, and how well your parent can take care of you.

The municipality can also be asked to assess whether it is in your best interests to move you away from where you live now to live with your parent in Denmark.

Granting you family reunification to live with your parent in Denmark would not be in your best interests if:

  • There is a risk you could have serious social problems in Denmark
  • There is significant risk that you would be removed from the home after you moved to Denmark
  • There is a risk you could be abused

Read more about acting in the best interests of child
 

If you stay with one of your parents or another permanent caregiver abroad, it is normally a requirement that you submit your application for a residence permit on the grounds of family reunification within a 3-month time limit.

The 3-month time limit is deducted on the basis of your parent’s circumstances in Denmark:

  • If your parent was granted a residence permit on the grounds of family reunification in Denmark, you must apply for a residence permit no later than 3 months from the date on which your parent was granted a residence permit. 
  • If your parent is a Danish or Nordic citizen, you must apply for a residence permit no later than 3 months from the date on which your parent was registered in the National Registry. 
  • If your parent has held a residence permit with a view to temporary residence in accordance with other provisions than the Aliens Act Section 7 or 8 (asylum), e.g. as an employee, you must apply for a residence permit no later than 3 months from the date on which your parent was granted a permanent residence permit.  
  • If you are born after your parent was granted a residence permit in Denmark, is registered in the National Registry in Denmark or is granted a permanent residence permit, as stated above, you must apply for a residence permit within 3 months after your birth.

If you are prevented from applying within the time limit

The Danish Immigration Service may not take the 3-month time limit into consideration, if you and your parent were prevented from submitting an application within the time limit.  It is a requirement that you apply for a residence permit as soon as possible when you are no longer prevented.

You must have been prevented because of obstacles which you and your parent were not able to control, e.g. a situation with disagreements about the custody wherefore it has not been possible to apply for family reunification until the custody is established. 

Exceptions from the 3-month time limit

In certain situations, the Immigration Service will not take the 3-month time limit into consideration, that is if:

  • your parent in Denmark is a Turkish citizen and economically active (read more about economically active Turkish citizens
  • your parent in Denmark has minor children living at home who has an independent attachment to Denmark, or holds visitation rights of minor children from a previous relationship,
  • your parent’s spouse holds visitation rights of minor children from a previous relationship living in Denmark,
  • your parent in Denmark suffers from a serious illness or has a handicap and therefore cannot reside with you  in another country, or 
  • you are without a permanent caregiver in the country where you reside.

 

Requirements the parent needs to meet

You, the applicant’s parent living in Denmark, need to be a citizen of Denmark or another Nordic country, or:

• have a permanent Danish residence permit for any reason other than asylum, or

• have a temporary residence permit with the possibility to become a permanent residence at some point. The letter with your residence permit will indicate whether you have the possibility to become a permanent residence at some point.

If you as the parent are applying for family reunification at the same time as your child, your spouse/partner in Denmark needs to be a citizen of Denmark or another Nordic country, or otherwise be a legal Danish resident.

 

You, the applicant’s parent, need to have custody of the applicant. Joint custody is sufficient to meet this requirement. 

You, the applicant’s parent in Denmark, may not have been found guilty by a Danish court of child abuse within the past 10 years. This also applies to your spouse/partner.

Abuse of a child includes, among other things:

  • Incest, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 210
  • Neglect, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 213
  • Rape, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 216
  • Sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 15, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 222
  • Recording of child pornography, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 230
  • Indecent exposure, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 232
  • Manslaughter, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 237
  • Assault and aggravated assault, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, sections 244-246
  • Confinement, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 261

This requirement applies regardless of whether the sentence was served or suspended.

Exceptions from the requirement

The Immigration Service can suspend this requirement in special situations, such as if you:

  • were suffering from a psychiatric illness when the crime was committed. You may no longer be affected by the illness, or
  • committed the crime in connection with drug or alcohol abuse. You may no longer be a substance abuser.

In special situations, you, the applicant’s parent, will need to have an independent, reasonably sized residence at your disposal. This is known as the housing requirement. Among the reasons for enforcing the housing requirement include voluntarily breaking contact with the applicant for an extended period.

An independent residence is a residence that has an entrance of its own and appears as one unit. An independent residence does not need to have a kitchen or bathroom of its own.

You have a residence at your disposal if you own, rent or sublet the place where you live. Owning property collectively as an andelshaver or anpartshaver also satisfies this requirement.

Your residence needs to be reasonably sized. This means that by the time your child is approved for family reunification, your residence needs to meet one of the following requirements:

  • The number of people living in the residence may not be more than double the number of rooms, or
  • There must be at least 20 sq. metres of living space for each person living there.

Read more about the housing requirement 
 

In special situations, you, the applicant’s parent, will need to be self-supporting. This is known as the self-support requirement. Among the reasons for enforcing the self-support requirement include voluntarily breaking contact with the applicant for an extended period.

This requirement means that if you have received certain forms of social benefits, your child can’t be approved for family reunification. The forms of social benefits that will prevent your child from being approved for family reunification are those made under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act (lov om aktiv socialpolitik) or the Integration Act (integrationsloven).

Read more about social benefits and the self-support requirement

What are the requirements if you are between 15-18 years?

If you are between 15 and 18 years old at the time of applying, you can only be approved for family reunification to live with your parent in Denmark if very special reasons apply. Such situations include regard for family unity, whether it is in your best interests and Denmark's international obligations in general. If special reasons apply, you will be granted a residence permit in accordance with Aliens Act section 9 (c) (1).

The Immigration Service will look at your personal situation when deciding whether there are very special reasons for granting you a residence permit. Some of the things we will look at are:

  • Whether you have family living in your home country
  • Whether you are applying for a residence permit together with the parent you have been living with in your home country
  • Whether the parent you have been living with in your home country has been approved for family reunification in Denmark
  • Whether the parent you have been living with in your home country can take care of you properly
  • Whether you have been placed in foster care, or whether there is the chance you could be placed in foster care if you continue living with your parent in your home country
  • Whether it would be inhumane to ask your parent in Denmark to live with you in a country where there is no access to treatment for an existing illness or disability (if applicable)
  • Whether your parent in Denmark is raising minor children. Or if he/she has contact with other minor children who live in Denmark
     

Requirements the applicant needs to meet

You may not be older than 18 when you submit your application. 

If you are granted a residence permit, you will need to live at the same address as your parent in Denmark. 

You can’t qualify for family reunification if you have started your own family. Starting your own family includes cohabiting with a partner or having a child. 

Granting you family reunification to live with your parent in Denmark needs to be in your best interests. That means the Immigration Service will consider whether the municipality where your parent in Denmark lives needs to provide us with a statement about your well-being, and how well your parent can take care of you.

The municipality can also be asked to assess whether it is in your best interests to move you away from where you live now to live with your parent in Denmark.

Granting you family reunification to live with your parent in Denmark would not be in your best interests if:

  • There is a risk you could have serious social problems in Denmark
  • There is significant risk that you would be removed from the home after you moved to Denmark
  • There is a risk you could be abused

Read more about acting in the best interests of child applicants for family reunification

Requirements the parent in Denmark needs to meet

You, the applicant’s parent in Denmark, need to have permission to reside here legally. 

You, the applicant’s parent in Denmark, may not have been found guilty by a Danish court of child abuse within the past 10 years. This also applies to your spouse/partner.

Abuse of a child includes, among other things:

  • Incest, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 210
  • Neglect, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 213
  • Rape, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 216
  • Sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 15, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 222
  • Recording of child pornography, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 230
  • Indecent exposure, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 232
  • Manslaughter, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 237
  • Assault and aggravated assault, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, sections 244-246
  • Confinement, cf. the Danish Criminal Act, section 261

This requirement applies regardless of whether the sentence was served or suspended.

Exceptions from the requirement

The Immigration Service can suspend this requirement in special situations, such as if you:

  • were suffering from a psychiatric illness when the crime was committed. You may no longer be affected by the illness, or
  • committed the crime in connection with drug or alcohol abuse. You may no longer be a substance abuser.

Which type of residence permit will you be granted?

Temporary residence permit

If your application for family reunification is approved, you will initially be granted a temporary residence permit, typically valid until you turn 18. If your parent has a temporary residence permit, your residence permit will expire when your parent’s residence permit expires. Your residence permit can be extended if you and your parent still meet the requirements for residency. Read more about extending temporary residence permits

When you turn 18, it may be possible for you to obtain a permanent residence permit by meeting relaxed requirements. Read more about permanent residence permits
 

The information below explains how to apply for a residence permit based on family reunification.

If you are applying at the same time as your parent who is applying for family reunification as a spouse, some of the steps will be different than if you are not applying at the same time as your parent. If there is a difference, the instructions will tell you what to do.

We recommend that you make sure you meet the requirements for family reunification before paying the application fee. Read more about the requirements in the ‘Need to know’ tab.

 

When submitting an application or appeal with a fee, you must first create a case order ID.

Case type:

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Fee:

DKK 8,210,-

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In certain cases the fee is not warranted (fee exemption). Examples are:

  • The Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey
  • Denmark’s international obligations
  • Citizenship of the EU/EEA

You are still required to create a case order ID, even if you are not required to pay a fee.

If you have paid a fee and it is not warranted, the whole fee will be refunded.

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You and your parent each need to fill in part of the application form. You will also need to enclose documentation, so it is a good idea to gather it all before you start.  

If you are applying at the same time as your parent, you may need:

If you are not applying at the same time as your parent, you may need:

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30 to 40 minutes

 to fill in the application form

2 persons

You (or an adult who is applying on behalf of you) and your parent in Denmark each need to fill in part of the application form.

The application form includes detailed instructions for how to fill it in. It also clearly states which types of documentation you need to enclose.

You can fill in the application form on your computer using Word. When you are done, print out the completed form.

The application form is also available as a PDF file that can be printed out and filled in by hand.

Form to use if you are applying at the same time as your parent

Download form FA6 for print

 

Form to use if you are not applying at the same time as your parent

Download form FA7 for print

When you submit an application to the Immigration Service, we will process your personal information. You can read more about your rights and how we process your information in the application form or on this page: Personal data – How we process your data

When processing your case, we may seek to verify the accuracy of the information you have given. Read more about verification at the Danish Immigration Service

 

Applying from abroad

You can submit your application at a Danish mission (embassy or consulate), or an outsourcing office in the country where you live.

See the list of Danish missions or outsourcing offices where you can hand in your application

If there is no Danish mission or outsourcing offices in the country where you live, the list refers to missions Denmark shares a representation agreement with, e.g. Norway or Sweden. If there is no representation agreement, the list refers to the nearest Danish mission or outsourcing office in the region.

The Immigration Service recommends that you visit the website of the closest embassy or consulate before you submit your application. Individual offices might have additional requirements, such as extra passport photos or copies of your application.

Applying in Denmark

If you are in Denmark legally, you can normally submit your application in Denmark. You are in Denmark legally if you:

  • hold a valid visa
  • are not required to hold a visa, or
  • hold a valid Danish residence permit.

You can submit your application to the Immigration Service at Citizen Service. If you live outside Greater Copenhagen, you can also submit your application at a police station that is capable of recording biometric features. See the list of police stations capable of recording biometric features

You can also send your application to the Immigration Service in the post.

Read more about the rules for submitting your application in Denmark 
 

When you submit your application, you will normally need to have your fingerprints recorded and a picture of your face taken. These are also known as your biometric features. Your biometric features are required in order for you to get a new residence card.

When you live with your parent in Denmark, you don’t need a residence card. If you don’t want a card, you don’t need to have your fingerprints or picture taken.

Read more about residence cards with fingerprints and facial pictures

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