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Appeal

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

Embassies and consulates can also choose to submit an application to the Danish Immigration Service. Decisions on these applications will be made by the Danish Immigration Service and refusals can be appealed to the Immigration Appeals Board. Refusals 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 refusal letter will indicate whether the decision is to be appealed to the Danish Immigration Service, the Immigration Appeals Board or to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, how to appeal, and whether there is a time limit for appeal.

The vast majority of refusals made 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 cases, refusals are not automatically appealed. These include applications refused 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 a visa application has been refused by the embassy or consulate for one of the above-mentioned reasons, the applicant or his/her stakeholder can appeal the decision to the Danish Immigration Service. The refusal letter issued by the embassy or consulate will provide appeal instructions.

A refusal – which is not automatically appealed to the Danish Immigration Service – must be submitted to the Immigration Service within 8 weeks from the date on which the applicant/complainant received the refusal. In special cases the Immigration Service can decide to process an appeal even if the appeal 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 of the refusal.

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 refused 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 refusal has been made, 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: 5/17/2017
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