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Danish embassies and consulates occasionally reject visa applications. These decisions can be appealed to the Danish Immigration Service.

Embassies and consulates can also choose to present an application to the Danish Immigration Service. Decisions on these applications will be made by the Danish Immigration Service and rejections can be appealed to the Immigration Appeals Board. Rejection of applications for visa to the Faroe Islands and Greenland decided by the Immigration Service  can be appealed to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

The rejection notice will indicate whether the decision is to be appealed to the Danish Immigration Service, the Immigrations Appeals Board or to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, how to appeal, and whether there is deadline for appeal.

If the Danish Immigration Service rejects a visa application, the decision can be appealed to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration. The Immigration Service’s rejection notice will provide instructions for appealing.

The vast majority of rejections issued by an embassy or consulate are automatically sent to the Danish Immigration Service for appeal. The applicant does not need to request an appeal.

In certain instances, rejections are not automatically appealed. These include applications rejected due to:

  • False or falsified information from the applicant
  • Other false, counterfeit or forged documents in support of the application
  • Lack of proof that the applicant has sufficient means to stay in Denmark and to return home
  • Failure to submit proof of adequate and valid travel Insurance
  • The fact that the applicant is not included in the group of persons who as a general rule can be granted a visa according to the practice regarding the main group that the applicant belongs to 

If an application is rejected for one of the above-mentioned reasons, the applicant or his/her stakeholder can appeal the decision to the Danish Immigration Service. The rejection notice issued by the embassy or consulate will provide instructions for appealing and whether there is a deadline for appeal. Basically as to the above-mentioned reasons the appeal must be submitted to the Immigration Service within 8 weeks from the date on which the complainant received a notice of the decision. In special cases the Immigration Service can decide to process a complaint even if the complaint is submitted after the 8 weeks period.

When appealing a decision, please remember to include the case number, the applicant’s full name and nationality and the date the rejection was issued.

Complaints about the service provided at a Danish embassy or consulate should be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Complaints related to another country’s embassy or consulate should be submitted to that country’s ministry of foreign affairs.

An applicant cannot appeal a decision by an embassy or consulate to refuse to accept an application.

Re-opening applications

An application can be re-opened if it was rejected due to insufficient information.

The applicant or the Danish host can submit a request to re-open an application, together with the additional documentation, to the organisation that issued the initial rejection.

If the new information is sufficient, the application will be re-opened. Please note, however, that an application can only be re-opened if the new documentation relates to the information that was available at the time the decision was made.

If new information about the applicant or the host emerges after the rejection is issued, the information should be included in a new visa application. Such applications are to be submitted to an embassy or consulate. They will determine whether a visa can be granted on the basis of the new documentation.


Last update: 3/1/2017
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Published by: The Danish Immigration Service