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Visas issued to family members of persons covered by EU regulations

On this page you can read about visas issued to family members of persons covered by EU regulations on free movement.

A family member of an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen has the right to have a visa application processed in accordance with EU regulations, if the family member is accompanying or joining the EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen, while the latter is exercising his/her right to free movement in Denmark.

The visa application will be processed by the diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general), there is no processing fee, and this type of visa application is processed according to a faster procedure which may only in exceptional cases take longer than 15 days. Unlike other visa applicants, these applicants are not required to present documentation of travellers health insurance when submitting their application, or documentation that he/she has the necessary funds to pay for the stay in Denmark. Read more about how to apply for a visa.

A visa will normally be issued, unless the applicant is deemed to be a threat to public order, security or health.

Furthermore, a family member of a Danish citizen who is exercising or who has exercised his/her right to free movement to relocate to another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, and who has established genuine residency there, has the right to have a visa application processed in accordance with EU regulations.

This means that there is no processing fee, and that the application is processed according to a faster procedure, as described above.

The following family members of an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen, who is exercising his/her right to free movement in Denmark, or of a Danish citizen who is exercising or who has exercised his/her right to free movement in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, has the right to have a visa application processed in accordance with EU regulations:

  • spouse
  • cohabiting partner aged 18 or over
  • direct descendants under the age of 21 (e.g. children, grandchildren etc.) of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or of the spouse/cohabiting partner
  • direct descendants over the age of 21 (e.g. children, grandchildren etc.) of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or of the spouse/cohabiting partner who are dependants of of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or of the spouse/cohabiting partner
  • older relatives (e.g. parents, grandparents etc.) of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or of the spouse/cohabiting partner who are dependants of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or of the spouse/cohabiting partner
  • other family members (e.g. siblings, cousins etc.) if, in the country they relocate from, they are dependants of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen and are members of their household
  • other family members (e.g. parents, grandparents etc.) if serious health issues make it absolutely imperative that the EU/EEA citizen/ the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen personally take care of the person in question.

The fact that a family member of an EU/EEA citizen, a Swiss citizen or a Danish citizen is granted a visa under the EU regulations does not imply that the applicant meets the conditions for a residence permit on the grounds of family reunification. Final decisions about whether applicants meet the specific requirements for family reunification will be based on the independent evaluations of the Regional State Administration or the Immigration Service.



Last update: 9/22/2014
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