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31.03.2017

New requirements for religious workers

On 1 April 2017 the requirements for qualifying for residence as a religious worker in Denmark is changing.

As part of the changes, applicants for residence permit as a religious worker (missionary, monk, nun or the like) will be required to sign a vow declaration that they will abide by Danish law in their work.  

The changes will also require that religious workers take a course in Danish family law, individual rights and democracy in order to qualify to have their residence extended.  

The course, which is offered by the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, must be completed by the religious worker within six months of being granted residence permit.  

The changes take effect on 1 April 2017.  

The change requiring applicants for residence as religious workers to declare they will abide by Danish law applies to applications submitted after 1 April 2017. Applications submitted before this date are subject to the previous regulations.  

The requirement that an applicant take a course in Danish family law, individual rights and democracy does not apply if the individual was granted residence permit before 1 April 2017, and does not perform weddings (regardless of whether such marriages are valid according to civil law).  

The requirement that an applicant take a course in Danish family law, individual rights and democracy does not apply if the individual perform weddings (regardless of whether such marriages are valid according to civil law) and the individual completed a course in Danish family law prior to 1 April 2017.  

Read more about the rules here



Last update: 3/31/2017
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